Saturday, October 31, 2009
Calls and Effect: AFC East penalty tracker
Indianapolis Star reporter Phil Richards wrote a piece this week about the spike in roughing the passer calls thanks to the so-called Tom Brady rule.
There has been a lot of whining from defensive players and pundits. They've mocked the rule as one step closer to two-hand touch.
Richards noted there have been 38 roughing the passer calls so far this year, a pace that projects a 36.2 percent increase over last year's total.
The NFL doesn't differentiate a "Brady rule" penalty from any other roughing the passer call. So it's difficult to tell which flags were thrown specifically for the new rule, which protects quarterbacks from defender's lunging helmet -- or shoulder-first at a quarterback's legs (defenders are allowed to use their arms and wrap in that area).
AFC East players have been responsible for six of the 38 calls.