Flagging NFL's safety initiative
Overzealous officiating a byproduct of league's mandate on protecting QBs, receivers
NFL justice has me completely confused, and I feel sorry for the officials and empathize with defensive players.
The re-emphasis on protecting quarterbacks from violent hits and defenseless receivers from helmet hits was the right call by the league, but the midseason adjustments have thrown everything out of whack.
I was at Heinz Field in Week 11 for the Steelers-Raiders game and kept shaking my head because it's apparent officials now instinctively throw the penalty flag ...
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