Time and time again this season we have seen penalties given in the NFL when a defensive player simply tackles an opponent legally.
Why is this so? I here you ask. Simply put, officials in the NFL are so wary of maintaining player safety that some of the lesser physical hits have been flagged up.
We are all for player safety, but when the officials get it wrong it can frustrate fans, whilst also make the league look a little pathetic. We are a contact sport after all, but where do we draw the line?
According to Goodell, it might not be a case of where do we draw the line? For him, his solution is to make sure officials get the calls right, even if they are given extra opportunities.
Speaking to NFL.com, Goodell said, "It's a big call, obviously," Goodell said. "We've had some mistakes made on the field where a player used the right techniques and the flag was thrown.
"You don't want that," Goodell added. "You want to encourage them to make the adjustment, which I think players and coaches have done, and we want to make sure we get it right on the field. I believe that will be a reviewable call. I know the committee is going to study that."
Once penalized hits are reviewable, surely we will finally get any contentious pass interference calls sorted out as well. That much we hope.
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