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New rules change - official to actually have to see penalty?

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  1. PatsRI

    PatsRI PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Does this make any sense to anyone?
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2380129

    'The committee also is considering recommending to officials that they make sure there was holding on a play before throwing a flag.

    "We want to make sure they actually see the foul," McKay said.

    One such play occurred in the Super Bowl. Seattle right tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding on a pass completion early in the fourth quarter that would have put the Seahawks at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line, poised to go in for the tying touchdown. After the penalty, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw an interception and the Steelers eventually scored to take a 14-point lead.'

    Don't they usually have to see a foul to call it?

    Also the change on defenders and QBs, might as well just put a flag on the passers now since you can't seem to hit them anymore.
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    I think that officials frequently make holding calls, for example, based on the reactions of the defensive player (i.e., being jerked to one direction, falling down). Also, in making pass interference calls, they sometimes are looking at the offensive player's reaction, such as tripping, or just plain complaining. I think they want to make sure the official sees the actual infraction, rather than just the reaction that they associate with the commission of the infraction.
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    I guess they were calling penalties based on screaming or the sound of bones breaking. Baseball has its three blind mice, boxing has rope-a-dope, what would football have?
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    Unfreaking believable!

    And Seattle was going in for the lead, not a tie if I remember correctly!
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