Washington Post: Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has joined the growing number of NFL players, including some of his teammates, who have criticized the league’s emphasis on roughing-the-passer penalties this season.
The controversy came to a head Sunday after Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was flagged for his third questionable penalty of the year on a sack of Alex Smith.
“Look, man, we’re all starting to sound like a string orchestra,” Norman said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s Spain and Fitz show. “They hear it. They hear the noise, and the noise is starting to get louder and louder. Pretty soon, there’s going to be a stampede, because at the end of the day, it’s hard to watch. It really is hard to watch. You see a game, see some plays that are being made, and it’s football. It’s not powder puff football that you used to play back when you was in school. No, it ain’t that. It’s the real thing."
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger noted this season’s rash of roughing-the-passer penalties after four more were called on “Monday Night Football.”
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