The game of football has a lot of rules that we love to argue about incessantly. One of the most fun conversations is figuring out whether the penalty matches the crime.
Pass interference is always talked about. It’s a spot foul against the defense, but only ten yards for the offense. Is that fair? Should we reward Joe Flacco for throwing the ball up for grabs six times a game and coming away with two 40-yard penalties? Is that football?
Personally, I actually lean toward the current structure. After all, if it’s only a 15-yard penalty like it is in college, what is to stop defensive backs from purposefully tackling guys when they get beat? I like the rule the way it is.
But something happened in the Super Bowl on Sunday that got me thinking. Is there another rule that is potentially much more crippling to the game than pass interference?
Twelve men on the field.