We only watched parts of a couple of the preseason games this past week and it sure seemed like an overabundance of penalty flags were being thrown. A number of the penalties appeared to be called against the defensive backs for illegal contact or holding. Honestly, how in the world are the defensive players supposed to play defense?
It goes without saying that football is a contact sport so why can’t the defensive players touch the offensive players without getting a penalty? What is this flag football, powder puff football or (gasp) futbol? Seriously, if they are going to take defense out of football it is not going to be the same game we have all come to know and love.
Let’s just hope that the refs had itchy trigger fingers because they haven’t been able to penalize anyone for the past several months. Of course, the NFL did say that they were going to enforce the illegal contact rule even more this season. If the preseason, so far, is any indication of what we can expect in the regular season then we, the fans, are screwed. Games will be longer and a lot more boring. All we can do is hope the refs ease up as the season progresses and just lets the players play.
On a side note, we get the feeling that Tony Romo’s back injury may prevent him from having as productive a season as the Cowboys would like. We have no inside sources or anything concrete to back that up, it’s just a hunch. If he can’t play as well as he is capable of playing then the Cowboys won’t even make it to their mediocre 8-8 record they have had for the past few seasons. Oh well, there aren’t any Cowboy fans writing for this blog anyway…