The biggest points of emphasis in the NFL’s annual officiating clinic were illegal contact and defensive holding, according to former NFL Vice President of Officiating and current Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira.
“Last time the NFL had this as a major emphasis was 2004,” Pereira further explained, “and the number of illegal contact fouls went from 79 to 191.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comMany of the league’s very best defenses employ aggressive coverage between defensive backs and receivers. Over the years Rex Ryan and the Jets have managed to play aggressive but on the legal side of holding. Now with a younger group who are given the benefit of the doubt less in a year where there is a rules emphasis being made on holding? Either the defensive backs are going to have to play mistake free football or the defensive line is going to have to get to the QB that much sooner.
Conversely, this also might help the Jets passing attack if other teams can’t mug Marty Mornhinweg’s receivers.