Roughing-the-passer calls questioned by Big Ben
6:57 AM ET
PITTSBURGH — The NFL’s roughing-the-passer penalties have gotten so rampant that even the quarterbacks are noting the sheer volume.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who got hit on two penalized plays in Monday night’s 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pointed out NFL viewership could be affected by the flags.
“There’s a lot of them,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t want to criticize the officiating, especially when you’re talking about a penalty that helps the quarterback out. I was surprised at the first one. The second one I thought was legit. He hit me in the helmet. It was kind of like hearing that loud ring when your helmet gets hit.
“There are sure a lot of them. I can’t imagine the fans at home are enjoying it too much.”
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