Originally Posted by ochre
Called a defensive lineman for a phantom holding call on the last play of the game (missed field goal)? Awful.
I'm not a big fan of the whole "defensive holding" thing. I grew up playing football where the defense could use their hands, more or less, however they want. The concept of a defensive lineman being guilty of 'holding' an offensive lineman is just totally displaced from my way of seeing football. To call it on that particular play with no particular evidence of it actually existing. I'm glad I'm not a Saints fan. I'd probably have broken something in my house.
Yea, I complained about that rule when it called once on each side in last week's Bengals-Jags game. I know they are trying to make the game safer and more fair, but they just keep on making new blocking, contact, and tackling rules which make too many games flag fests. Pretty soon, the real players are going to look like the electric football guys, simply locking arms and going around in circles if they want to avoid a penalty.