O.J. Simpson had something to say about all the roughing the passer calls that have been called over the past few days.
The former NFL running back first spoke on the Utah Utes defeating his USC Trojans where he called out a roughing penalty that led to them getting seven points. He referred to it as ‘complete b.s.’
He then stated how he saw multiple occasions where a rushing defensive player pushed a QB and no flag was thrown. On two different occasions, he said he noticed two RB’s getting a hand-off, only to be sung around ‘VIOLENTLY’ and threw them to the ground.
He brought up how it looked just how Tua and Tom Brady were thrown down and no flags were thrown.
“It’s curious who they think needs to be protected and who shouldn’t be protected.”
Another NFL primetime game gave us yet another tough roughing penalty. This time, it was Denver Broncos pass rusher Bradley Chubb getting flagged for his hit on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.
Protecting the quarterback is one thing, but penalizing defenders for any two-hand touch on the QB makes it quite difficult to rush the passer if they won’t be allowed to touch them.
The Tua situation was no doubt a bad one, but it shouldn’t factor in on how refs should protect quarterbacks even more than they already are.