I have gotten tired of seeing Roughing the Passer when the defensive player hit the QB right as he releases the ball, pass interference when the defensive player is in good position, when a blitzing DL or LB gets pulled ot the ground and there is no holding call. So in an attempt to find out what the rules for these plays are I went to NFL.com to find the explanations for these calls.
First I will start with Roughing the Passer,
Ok so the first part of the rule is stating what a pass attempt is and the second part is about the tuck rule which is a dumb rule, if I was a QB i would just do the tuck motion the entire time I was looking for a open man.
- No defensive player may run into a passer of a legal forward pass after the ball has left his hand (15 yards). The Referee must determine whether opponent had a reasonable chance to stop his momentum during an attempt to block the pass or tackle the passer while he still had the ball.
- No defensive player who has an unrestricted path to the quarterback may hit him flagrantly in the area of the knee(s) or below when approaching in any direction.
- Officials are to blow the play dead as soon as the quarterback is clearly in the grasp and control of any tackler, and his safety is in jeopardy.
Now the first part has become irrelevant, seeing that officials think that a reasonable chance to stop his momentum is a half a step. The second part is what is known as the Tom Brady rule and had been a legal play for the entire history of the NFL, A play similar to this is how Kurt Warner got his break when Trent Green tore his ACL. The Third part of the rule is what Silverback may have gotten his 5K fine for because VY was in the grasp of three Steelers when Harrison took out his legs and flipped him on his head.
Next Pass Intererence
- There shall be no interference with a forward pass thrown from behind the line. The restriction for the passing team starts with the snap. The restriction on the defensive team starts when the ball leaves the passer’s hand. Both restrictions end when the ball is touched by anyone.
I have never seen this called, the only time I can think it can be called is on Screens and PA passes where the RB runs a short curl and thats about it.
- The penalty for defensive pass interference is an automatic first down at the spot of the foul. If interference is in the end zone, it is first down for the offense on the defense’s1-yard line. If previous spot was inside the defense’s 1-yard line, penalty is half the distance to the goal line.
- The penalty for offensive pass interference is 10 yards from the previous spot.
This is just the verbal diarrhea on where the ball will be placed when PI is called
- It is pass interference by either team when any player movement beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders the progress of an eligible player of such player’s opportunity to catch the ball. Offensive pass interference rules apply from the time the ball is snapped until the ball is touched. Defensive pass interference rules apply from the time the ball is thrown until the ball is touched.
Funny, if it is supposed to be called both ways, why do I see it called on defense about 95% of the time
- Actions that constitute defensive pass interference include but are not limited to:
(a) Contact by a defender who is not playing the ball and such contact restricts the receiver’s opportunity to make the catch.
(b) Playing through the back of a receiver in an attempt to make a play on the ball.
(c) Grabbing a receiver’s arm(s) in such a manner that restricts his opportunity to catch a pass.
(d) Extending an arm across the body of a receiver thus restricting his ability to catch a pass, regardless of whether the defender is playing the ball.
(e) Cutting off the path of a receiver by making contact with him without playing the ball.
(f) Hooking a receiver in an attempt to get to the ball in such a manner that it causes the receiver’s body to turn prior to the ball arriving.
OK I do see alot of these actions and it should be called when it does happen, which is not every pass attempt
- Actions that do not constitute pass interference include but are not limited to:
(a) Incidental contact by a defender’s hands, arms, or body when both players are competing for the ball, or neither player is looking for the ball. If there is any question whether contact is incidental, the ruling shall be no interference.
(b) Inadvertent tangling of feet when both players are playing the ball or neither player is playing the ball.
(c) Contact that would normally be considered pass interference, but the pass is clearly uncatchable by the involved players.
(d) Laying a hand on a receiver that does not restrict the receiver in an attempt to make a play on the ball.
(e) Contact by a defender who has gained position on a receiver in an attempt to catch the ball.
Then why are these called pass intereference, I see this called about 50% of the time.
- Actions that constitute offensive pass interference include but are not limited to:
(a) Blocking downfield by an offensive player prior to the ball being touched.
(b) Initiating contact with a defender by shoving or pushing off thus creating a separation in an attempt to catch a pass.
(c) Driving through a defender who has established a position on the field.
Yep, this is called about 5% of the time there is a pass intereference call. Also part B shows that the umps in SB XL were right, Darrel Jackson did push off on Chris Hope and it should have been called as such.
- Actions that do not constitute offensive pass interference include but are not limited to:
(a) Incidental contact by a receiver’s hands, arms, or body when both players are competing for the ball or neither player is looking for the ball.
(b) Inadvertent touching of feet when both players are playing the ball or neither player is playing the ball.
(c) Contact that would normally be considered pass interference, but the ball is clearly uncatchable by involved players.
Same as defensive pass intereference, except these are never called as PI
- Note 1: If there is any question whether player contact is incidental, the ruling should be no interference.
Note 2: Defensive players have as much right to the path of the ball as eligible offensive players.
Note 3: Pass interference for both teams ends when the pass is touched.
Note 4: There can be no pass interference at or behind the line of scrimmage, but defensive actions such as tackling a receiver can still result in a 5-yard penalty for defensive holding, if accepted.
Note 5: Whenever a team presents an apparent punting formation, defensive pass interference is not to be called for action on the end man on the line of scrimmage, or an eligible receiver behind the line of scrimmage who is aligned or in motion more than one yard outside the end man on the line. Defensive holding, such as tackling a receiver, still can be called and result in a 5-yard penalty and automatic first down from the previous spot, if accepted. Offensive pass interference rules still apply.
Note number 3 is a rule that if I was a coach, I would have my players take full advatage of. I would tell my players as soon as you see that the ball is touched start taking people out so the other team can't catch it.
- A runner may ward off opponents with his hands and arms but no other player on offense may use hands or arms to obstruct an opponent by grasping with hands, pushing, or encircling any part of his body during a block. Hands (open or closed) can be thrust forward to initially contact an opponent on or outside the opponent’s frame, but the blocker immediately must work to bring his hands on or inside the frame.
Note:Pass blocking: Hand(s) thrust forward that slip outside the body of the defender will be legal if blocker immediately worked to bring them back inside. Hand(s) or arm(s) that encircle a defender—i.e., hook an opponent—are to be considered illegal and officials are to call a foul for holding.
Now holding something that happens on every play, but you only see when it is at its most vulgar form, like when James Harrison blitzs
- Blocker cannot use his hands or arms to push from behind, hang onto, or encircle an opponent in a manner that restricts his movement as the play develops.
- Hands cannot be thrust forward above the frame to contact an opponent on the neck, face or head.
Note: The frame is defined as the part of the opponent’s body below the neck that is presented to the blocker.
Look film of Alex Barron, you will see him do all of the above. Especially when the game is on the line and you just scored the GW TD
For more explanations of rules from NFL.com here is the link to the page I got all of this info from