Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
Originally posted by ninerjok:
Originally posted by ChazBoner:
Pass interference should have a yardage limit. Make it 15 yards and a first down.
This is the biggest one that should happen. Should've been changed forever ago.
the reason it hasn't changed is that.....
If you have a 50 yard throw into the end zone and the DB is not in a good position to defend ..it would be easier to PI tackle the guy and only give up 15 yards then a TD or first down on the 1
Yes, that is true, but it would also be easier for the refs to throw the flag more easily without fear of altering the outcome of a game.
For example, soccer has the worst penalty rules in all of professional sports. You get a yellow card, which means you get to stay in the game but you have to play a little more careful, then you get a red card, which means you are ejected and the team itself is without one player for the entire rest of the game. It is utterly stupid, because it forces the referee to make a call that drastically alters the outcome of a game.
Hockey has the best rules. The player sits out for only a little bit of time. Therefore, the official is willing to call it like he see's it. The exception being critical playoff games near the end of the game.
Water polo might be even better, they blow a penalty whistle almost every ten seconds, which, like soccer, results in a warning and then a temporary ejection like hockey. So they can call everything like they see it the whole game.
In football, pass interference is such as drastic penalty, that a slight bump can mean the difference between an incomplete pass and a 50 yard penalty.
15 yards is a big penalty, that is plenty enough. Making it bigger than that makes the officials job too difficult, and it forces a judgement call to determine a huge game altering play.
College rules have always been better than pro rules. The NFL got the two point conversion from college, and it was about time. They need to follow suit with the 15 yard pass interference maximum.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM ]