The NFL’s head of officiating Al Riveron said Monday, that officials erred when they penalized Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for roughing the passer, leading to a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown one play later in the second quarter of Sunday’s 21-all tie that extended Cleveland’s long winless streak.
“The rule specifically says ‘most, if not all, of your body weight,'” Riveron told me. “So we want that player to make an effort. And the last three or four weeks, we have pulled extensive video to show the clubs exactly what we’re talking about, and we probably last week showed 5-to-1 or 6-to-1 of legal hits, or legal contact, as opposed to illegal contact. Because the question we get all the time is, well, what do you want our players to do?
“Well, they have to not put the weight on the quarterback. And this one (on Garrett) yesterday showed, even though there is some body weight on Ben, this is not what we would consider contact that rises to the level of a foul.”
The Browns were close to pulling off a huge upset, but this call was crucial. The Browns wanted to win that game and I do not blame them, but that tie was crucial for them. They are still undefeated….
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