You Can’t Just Crush Quarterbacks Anymore
As the NFL kicks off a new year, body weight could prove to be this season’s thorniest issue. Part of the “roughing the passer” regulations of 1995, the rule’s been tweaked to say defenders cannot throw quarterbacks down or (instead of “and”) land on them with most of their body weight. Commentators predict the rule will become a nightmare for defenders if they cannot adapt quickly. In the season’s first week alone, 15 roughing-the-passer penalties were assessed — five of which were body weight violations.