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Zebra Report: Commissioner Roger Goodell Handcuffing Officials on Roughing Calls
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 28th 2008 2:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Colts, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Patriots, Rams, Steelers, Titans, NFL Referees

We’ve already discussed roughing calls a few times this year. The calls deemed questionable to the masses, though, continue to appear at an alarming rate. Every time I send the email to our NFL FanHouse group asking for calls they’d like analyzed, I’m bombarded with emails about roughing the passer or unnecessary roughness more than anything else.
We also know the law has been laid down all season by Commissioner Roger Goodell about safety — to which Troy Polamalu had a few choice words. Coincidentally, the madness helped Troy’s team this week. Well, sort of. In a poetic justice-type move, the Steelers ended up turning the ball over a few plays after the drive was extended via a 15 yard penalty on the Giants’ Kenny Phillips.

Phillips laid Mewelde Moore out on the play, but he only appeared to take a step and a half or so before hitting Moore with his shoulder pads. The ball had gone in and out of Moore’s hands. At full-speed, there’s no way you can ask a defender to pull up from that close. He couldn’t avoid contact unless he wasn’t doing his job as a defensive player.Continue Reading




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