Whatever Happened to Offensive Pass Interference?

Sheldon HuntContributor IJanuary 3, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a second quarter touchdown with Mike Wallace #17 while playing the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Okay sports fans, I know I'm going to take a beating on this one.

I've been watching NFL football for the last 42 years and I have to get this out of my system.

Back in the day, receivers depended on speed, agility, and route running ability to get open and catch passes and defensive backs were allowed to try to keep up with them, gee what a concept.

Now, with the NFL constantly changing rules in order to generate offense, receivers can do anything short of shooting cornerbacks and safeties to get to the ball.

Case in point (and here is where I will get hate mail, but I don't care), Pittsburgh Steelers' wideout Mike Wallaces' game winning catch last week. Anyone who REALLY watched the constantly shown replay, saw him clearly push off before turning and making his remarkable catch.

Honestly, I'm not picking on Wallace, who is a fine young receiver. I see it happen all the time on all teams so this is just an example. What's a poor defensive back to do?

I'm just saying that the NFL (No Fair League) needs to stop changing rules to manufacture excitement that is already there.

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