Roughing The Passer Or Protecting The Pansies?

Adam FuquaContributor IOctober 5, 2008

Okay: the roughing the passer rules in the National Football League have gotten pathetic.

Point in case—Baltimore Ravens vs. Tennessee Titans, Oct. 5th, 2008.

Fourth quarter, Ravens lead 10-6, Titans ball...third down. Titans QB Kerry Collins drops back and passes, but there's a flag for a false start and the pass was incomplete, but wait, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs touched Collins's ear.

So low and behold, we have a roughing the passer call, that first, overrules a presnap penalty (WRONG) and second, allows the Titans to keep possession and ends up in a game winning touchdown.

Now if you ask me, these new rules to protect the QBs have gotten silly.

They have gotten to the point to where they alter games, and make the QBs soft.

They have the exact same protective gear as every other player on the field, sometimes more. So what makes them so special that they get their own set of rules now?