Originally Posted by Unassisted
My reading of the change is that incidental face-mask contact will no longer be a penalty, which makes sense. If it actually means that any face-mask contact = automatic 15-yarder, than I'm right with you.
great. More subjectivity. Like the refs were particularly proficient with fewer decisions to make.
The good thing about having the five yarder there, was even if you (as a fan) don't think it was a minor infraction, at least the team using the facemask didn't get full benefit from it. Now it's going to be up to the refs. I'm guessing there will be games when similar "infractions" are not called equally between the respective participants.