Is the non-call the NFL’s juiced ball?

Rafael Vela of Cowboys Nation and I are going to have the occasional debate on his site on various topics around the NFL, and he posed a really interesting question to me yesterday.  Basically, Raf has noticed that offensive linemen league-wide are getting away with totally egregious holds this season.  I happen to agree, so I guess in this case, it’s not much of a “debate,” ha.  I’ve noticed it all season as well, and it was on display in a big way Monday night, as Trent Williams basically mugged DeMarcus Ware for 4 quarters, and not a single flag was thrown his way.  I chimed in with my thoughts on the subject over at Raf’s site.  Worth a look.

While we’re at it, I know you guys like my video breakdowns, so I may as well also point to Raf’s post on a running play to Felix Jones Monday night that I also happened to notice.  FB Tony Fiametta had 2 Redskins defenders coming his way, and it looked like looked like he was going to choose to block LB Rob Jackson. At the last moment, Fiametta instead blocked the safety (LaRon Landry, I think), and with Jackson already convinced a blow was coming from Fiametta, he attacked the FB instead of the ball carrier.  The result was sort of a 3-man car crash, and an open lane for Jones, leading to a 40 yard gain.  Raf breaks it down here.


  1. I’ve been wondering about the similar factor myself lately. Delighted to see an individual on the same wavelength! Nice article.

  2. Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!…

  3. Jean Levites says:

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  4. Eagles fan in NOLA says:

    Seems like one more way the NFL is protecting QBs. Let the lineman have their way with the DL and prevent sacks/dangerous hits to the QB. Perhaps thats one more reason why QB stats have been out of this world through the first three weeks.

  5. Imp says:

    So I’m not going insane thinking there has been a lot less holding calls compare to last year…

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