One recent trend in the NFL is overofficiating, with penalties up, and fines as well.
It’s likely due to the league’s player safety initiative, in an attempt to minimize injuries — especially those to the head and neck area, hopefully curtailing concussions or worse.
The problem is that football is a physical game, and it’s also played extremely fast, so it’s tough to just remove the physicality from the game. Players are having issues adjusting, and understandably so.
One instance involved Jets safety Jamal Adams, who was chasing down Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield during Monday’s game. Mayfield had taken off running, and was outside the pocket, so Adams drilled him. The problem was that it was a half-second too late, as Mayfield had just released the ball, so Adams was hit with a personal foul.
The call was questionable, and even worse was the $21,000 fine handed down by the league. Adams took to Twitter to blast the league for it in a heated rant you can check out below.
Adams probably could’ve been a bit more tactful in his approach, but he does raise a good point.