Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten had a pretty hot take during Monday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Players and fans have been up in arms about new contact rules that many have interpreted as soft. Essentially, breathing on the quarterback too hard can get a penalty these days. Witten seems to be firmly in the group that feels this circus has gone way too far. (RELATED: HERE’S WHY THIS NFL STAR CLAIMS THE LEAGUE IS GETTING ‘SOFT’)
“I knew they wanted to make it about the health and safety and protecting these quarterbacks, but it just seems like we went a little bit to the left-wing on that.”
Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79
— Conor Orr (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018
I think there’s no doubt the NFL has reached an incredible level of softness. At the end of the day, football is a violent sport. It just is. There is always the risk of danger whenever you have massive players running around at high speeds trying to hit each other. That’s what football is all about.
We do need to have a little better protection for players, given the fact CTE appears to be out of control. But we don’t need it to become a touch-football league, which appears to be the direction we’re headed in.
People might not like it very much, but Witten is 100 percent correct on this one.