View Full Version : More AFCC Rule changes?

01-27-2005, 11:47 AM
Food for thought from NFL.com's TMQB. Enjoy.

Pittsburgh-New England Zebra Update
A week ago against Indianapolis, the Patriots were never flagged for offensive holding or pass interference, usually the two most-harmful penalties. This week against Pittsburgh, the Patriots were not flagged for offensive holding or pass interference. Last season in the AFC title game against Indianapolis, the Patriots were never called for pass interference or offensive holding. Last season in the playoff game before that, Tennessee at New England, the Patriots were not flagged for offensive holding or defensive interference. Because they are well-coached, the Patriots commit fewer infractions than other teams, and there is no doubt the best team won at Heinz Field this Sunday. But are we seriously supposed to believe that in four consecutive AFC playoff games, Patriots offensive linemen never held and Patriots defensive backs never interfered? Rules are rules, and ought to be enforced for New England the same way they are for everyone else.

Time to Change the Defensive Holding Call
Defensive holding is five yards marched off, but an automatic first down; this makes the penalty an absolute killer if assessed when the offense has more than five yards to go. New England 24, Pittsburgh 10 in the third quarter, the Steelers had the Patriots facing third-and-17 in their own territory. A screen pass clanged to the ground incomplete, the crowd roared, the Steelers would get the ball back in good field position, except -- defensive holding. Set aside that the call was ticky-tacky. New England needed 17 yards for a first down; Pittsburgh was penalized five yards; New England received a first down. The Flying Elvii ended up with a touchdown on the drive, and the game changed from tense to a walkover. How about making defensive holding a simple five-yard mark-off?

01-27-2005, 12:18 PM
Interesting observation. I hate when ref's change there pentalty agressiveness for teams. It probably will not go away, yet hopefully will get better.

01-27-2005, 05:14 PM
Yeah, that defensive holding call, against Aaron Smith was the pivotal play of the game, that could have gotten us off the field. It was a ticky tack call that should have been let go !!!!

01-31-2005, 07:03 AM
I'm so glad for this to come up. First of all, i watched Joey
Porter being flagrantly held on 11 plays. I know that the Pats
are becoming Americs'a team and that the league loves the idea
of Tom Brady as its poster-boy but c'mon guys, fair is fair. Does
anyone really believe that anyone could block #55 one-on-one all
day and not hold. Look at the game tape as I already have, it's

Secondly, that's a great point about the defensive hold. Let it be
like other penalties and if 5 yards makes it a first down then so be
it. Otherwise, mark off the penalty and play football.

01-31-2005, 10:08 PM
Unfortunately, this all seems like crying over spilled milk. On the other hand, you do bring up some interesting points. I erased the game as soon as it ended but was yelling the entire time about the offensive line holding Porter. If I can see it 3000 miles away, why can't a ref sitting 30 feet away? Last time I heard the rules, I was informed that any hands outside the shoulder pads would be considered holding - I guess putting a linebacker in a moving choke hold doesn't apply.