Another prominent voice has joined the criticism of NFL officials after a pair of controversial roughing the passer penalties made headlines in Week Five.
Former NFL defensive lineman and current sports talk personality Mike Golic called the penalty flags thrown on Atlanta's Grady Jarrett and Kansas City's Chris Jones "embarrassing" and called for the league's competition committee to step in.
"It’s beyond ridiculous with the roughing the QB calls…the competition committee has to get involved at some point….it’s just embarrassing." -- Mike Golic
Jarrett was flagged for roughing the passer after he appeared to sack Tom Brady late in the Falcons' loss to the Buccaneers Sunday. The penalty gave the Bucs a first down and allowed them to run out the clock.
Jones, too, was penalized after he appeared to strip-sack Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in the second quarter of Monday Night Football and recover the ball. Referee Carl Cheffers claimed that Jones landed on Carr with his full body weight, which constitutes a foul. The call kept possession with the Raiders and gave them a first down.
The pair of penalties in the same week — particularly the flag on Jones in primetime — has sparked a flurry of outrage surrounding the NFL's roughing the passer rules. The league may have no choice but to amend how it protects quarterbacks as a result.