Jason Witten describes the NFL roughing the passer rule as 'left wing'
The new roughing the passer rule is all anyone is talking about through the first three weeks of the 2018 NFL season.
Defenders are confused as to how to sack the quarterback without drawing a flag, and notable players are starting to claim that the league is getting soft.
During Monday Night Football this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both recorded two roughing the passer penalties for a total of four, which is tied for the most in a single game since 2001, according to ESPN.
Broadcasters are starting to notice as well, and first-year analyst Jason Witten had some interesting comments about the rule change during Monday night’s action.
“It’s just gone too far with that rule, you know?” said Witten. “And I felt that I knew they wanted to make it about the health and safety and protect these quarterbacks, it just seems like we went … a little bit to the left wing on that, with our approach of trying to protect it.”
“As we said, not only are the players frustrated, but the coaches,” Witten continued. “They don’t know how to coach this!”
ESPN, who hired Witten just a few months ago, has been accused of inserting “left-wing” political narratives into their sports coverage for over a year now, so it’s pretty interesting to hear one of their employees make a remark like this.
You can check out Witten’s full comments here, courtesy of @ConorOrr on Twitter:
Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79
— Conor Orr 🐟 (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018