Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Did Broncos blow out cause NFL crack down on illegal contact?

The Washington Redskins recently had a practice where defenders were called numerous times for defensive holding and illegal contact by the practice officials.  This comes on the heels of referees making comments around the league that defenses need to change how they play because the NFL will be cracking down on the leeway they used to give defenders.

And this is supposedly in response to how aggressive the Seattle Seahawks defenders were on the Denver Broncos.  But it seems to me that offenses already have it too easy, and now the NFL wants to ensure that defenses are so handcuffed by the rules, that offenses will be virtually unstoppable.

We’re already dangerously close to seeing our first 6,000 yard passer, and when that inevitably happens the NFL might not even be worth watching.  So a defense is only meant to be a minor nuisance to NFL offenses, and not stop them?  This is why the modern NFL quarterback’s assault on the record books is a joke.

Because the defenses they face today are a mere shadow to what quarterbacks used to face when you could actually play defense.  I think Peyton Manning would have been great in any era, but he’s playing in a time now when rules have been made specifically for him and others to succeed.  Isn’t scoring supposed to hard?

What’s the point of having a defense and players like Richard Sherman out there if they’re not supposed to stop anyone?  And I might momentarily feel good about this crack down once I see Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense cutting through a defense like a knife through butter.

But then I’ll return to reality when the opposing quarterback does the exact same thing to the Redskins defense.  out.  They didn’t lose because the Seattle Seahawks cheated.  And I guess we’re to assume that the Broncos defense couldn’t stop the Seattle offense because they weren’t grabbing and holding right?

Again, what’s the point of having a defense on the field if their role is just be at the mercy of the offense?

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