11 Aug 2014
Did you notice a lot of penalty flags in the first full week of preseason games? Mike Pereira, former Vice President of Officiating, had an interesting tweet on Sunday about the new points of emphasis officials are working on this season.
Effect of points of emphasis...51 defensive holds, 24 illegal contact, 11 offensive PI, and 30 illegal hands to the face. Thats in 16 games!
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) August 10, 2014
The NFL wants tighter calls on contact down the field, but there are some alarming figures here. With 24 illegal contact penalties in 16 games, that sets a pace of 384 for an entire regular season. Last year, there were just 37 accepted illegal contact penalties in 256 games (fewest since 2001).
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) August 4, 2014
We'll certainly keep an eye on this developing story, but if the news keeps spreading about this past week's Flagapalooza, expect human nature to kick in and more flags to stay in the pockets this week.
6 comments, Last at 11 Aug 2014, 8:36pm by The Ancient Mariner
The 2015 Saints were the worst defense we have ever measured, and Brandon Browner set a single-season record for penalties, so it's no surprise to see him at the bottom of the coverage tables.