- 11/29/2011, 06:26PM ET
:CubanMissile: said 11/29, 06:26 PM
Better defensive pass interference rule: NFL or NCAAF?
While i like many things about college football, i happen to prefer the way pass interference is called in the NFL.
A rule should never be put in place that can be taken advantage of by the penalized party. The 15 yd cap on a penalty in college allows the defender to maul the wr if they are beat and take away a long play, potentially a TD. If you are illegally trying to take a big play away you should be punished for the proper amount that you took away.
It's important for the league to try to make it so that all players abide by the rule. Interfering prevents big plays and scoring, the kind of entertainment that brings in fans. Its in the best interest of the game to not have these plays removed due to people not playing by the spirit of the game. Therefore you need a strict penalty so that teams will be less inclined to interfere.
Remember the rule states PI should only be called when their is no question that the interference was intentional, and that the defense is given the same right to the ball as the offense. Players shouldn't have to interfere, but if they do it should be punished accordingly.
Sabih said 12/04, 04:53 PM
If it wasn`t for the tourney, I would not be defending the NCAAF rule. That being said, the NCAAF rule does make a lot of sense.
The first rule is the imbalance in the offensive & defensive penalties in the NFL Things like holding, illegal hands to the face carry a more severe penalty for defense than offense. Same with pass interference, on offense its a 10 yard penalty as oppose to defensive PI, which is a spot foul and auto-first down. For it to be same, shouldn`t the offense lose a down plus yards.
By making it 15 yards, you are at least holding both sides to a smiliar standard.
As for defenses using the penalty to their benefit, it hasn`t occurred in the NCAAF, why would it occur in the NFL.
Third, the rule`s application is very weird. The `intentional` PI, as describe in the rulebook also applies to severely underthrown balls when the defender doesn`t turn his head around the receiver jumps back into the defender and gets a flag. And this happens a lot of times.
Most of the times, these balls have no chance of being complete. It is obviously not intentional, as a defender you expect the QB to not underthrow a receiver by 5 yarrds.
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