Roger Goodell has been handed God-like powers in the past years. These powers have been used to change the game of football. What was once a hard-nosed battle has turned into something that oddly resembles a middle school flag football match with the P.E. teacher pulling kids out of the game because they were playing too rough. While changes have been made to ensure the health and safety of the players by penalizing excessive aggression. The NFL has gone too far. Excessive aggression should be defined as pointless aggression that does not impact the flow, speed, and natural mood of the game. Ndamukong’s Suh’s temper tantrum that resulted in Suh stomping on a player’s arm is a fine example of excessive aggression. Blind-siding a seemingly uninvolved player could be another example. But the NFL has disgracefully crossed the line between protecting players and making the game a panzy sport.
With the recent penalty and fine on Earl Thomas for roughing the passer this notion has been confirmed. The contact on Tannehill was minimal. The contact occurred instantly after the ball was thrown which means Thomas’ momentum carried him into Tannehill, dismissing the idea it was a late hit. The only contact that made this meaningless collision a penalty was the slight touch on the Tannehill’s helmet. Nothing else. That contact is in fact defined in the NFL rule book as a penalty. But should it be? Based on the statement I made earlier about changing the mood of the game one could guess my answer. Go ahead and decide for yourself. If you choose to accept this as the right call, don’t get upset when your favorite team gets penalized for minimal contact.
Before I go, I figure I could offer Goodell a suggestion that may speed up the destruction of the world’s finest game. Give them flags to wear on their hips.