NFL Roughing Ejections: New Rule Regarding Roughing The Passer

December 15, 2022 by  

The NFL has been in the news a lot lately for its new rule regarding roughing the passer. In case you haven’t been following, the rule essentially states that any player who hits a quarterback in the head or neck area will be automatically ejected from the game. This has led to a lot of confusion and controversy, with many people arguing that the rule is too harsh and that it is putting quarterbacks at an unfair disadvantage. In this blog post, we will take a look at both sides of the argument and try to make sense of what is happening with the NFL’s new rule.

Roughing the passer has been a point of emphasis for NFL officials this season. As a result, several players have been ejected for roughing the passer penalties.

Most recently, Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ejected for a hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Clowney was not flagged on the play, but after review, officials determined that he had made contact with Allen’s head.

This is just the latest in a string of roughing the passer ejections this season. Other players who have been ejected for roughing the passer include Detroit Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Roughing the passer is a dangerous play and it’s good to see NFL officials taking steps to protect quarterbacks. Hopefully this trend will continue and we’ll see fewer ejections for roughing the passer as the season goes on.

In 2017, there were a total of roughing the passer penalties called in the NFL. Of those, nine were assessed against defensive players, resulting in ejections. Here is a list of the roughing the passer penalties that were flagged and resulted in an ejection during the 2017 NFL season:

-Week 1: Clay Matthews (GB)
-Week 2: Von Miller (DEN)
-Week 8: Calais Campbell (JAX)
-Week 10: William Gholston (TB)
-Week 13: Dontari Poe (ATL)
-Week 14: Leonard Williams (NYJ)
-Week 15: Robert Quinn (MIA)
-Week 16: Mario Addison (CAR)
-Week 17: Michael Bennett (SEA)

NFL Roughing Ejections

This season, the NFL has seen a sharp increase in the number of roughing the passer penalties and ejections. In the first four weeks of the season, there were a total of eight roughing the passer penalties called, resulting in two ejections. The most recent incident occurred in Week 4 when Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected for hitting Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the head and neck area.

NFL Roughing Ejections: New Rule Regarding Roughing The Passer

While it is still early in the season, this trend is cause for concern among players, coaches, and fans alike. Many believe that these penalties are being called too harshly and that they are impacting the game in a negative way. Some have even suggested that the NFL is becoming too soft and that these roughing the passer penalties are proof of that.

What do you think? Are roughing the passer penalties being called too harshly? Let us know in the comments below!

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