Joe Theismann Rips NFL’s Roughing-The-Passer Rule … ‘It’s Absurd!’

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Joe Theismann says the NFL should straight-up just take the pads off QBs now … ’cause the league’s new roughing-the-passer penalty “has reached the point of absurdity.”

The ex-Redskins quarterback watched guys like Clay Matthews get flagged for simply tackling QBs all day Sunday … and he was LIVID.

So much so — Joe tells TMZ Sports the next step for the NFL will be to just eliminate QB hits from the game altogether.

People can blame protests for why NFL ratings have been flat or lower all they want, but THIS is what really drives people to say. This might be the worst roughing the passer call I’ve ever seen pic.twitter.com/yYqqM73IK9

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 23, 2018

“This is my question to the NFL, ‘What is the defensive player supposed to do?’ Would somebody please explain it to him?” Theismann says.

Remember … Theismann’s career was ended by a violent hit to the QB — and even he can’t believe some of the flags he’s seen through three weeks so far.

“You wanted an offensive game, I understand that,” he tells us.

“But now

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