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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

No Defending Too Much Offense


Without question, fewer holding calls provide offenses with a decided competitive advantage. Perhaps officials are calling fewer holds to speed the pace of the game. Or perhaps the league wants to emphasize offense, which we all know sells tickets. The majority of football fans prerfer high-scoring games, not defensive struggles.

Whatever the reason, there needs to be better balance. I'm all for opening up the game, but the dramatic decrease in holding calls this season is setting a dangerous precedent.

Offenses already have the advantage with regard to the rules. Just look at how liberally officials call pass interference. The dearth of holding calls just makes a cornerback's job that much more difficult because it gives the quarterback more time to throw and the wide receiver more time to get open.

The lack of holding calls also benefits running backs, who may have bigger holes through which to run.

I'm not suggesting officials call a penalty on every play where there's a hold. That would lengthen games well beyond their three-hour average and is impractical on many levels.

Just be a bit more equitable and give defenders a fighting chance.

By Gene Wang  |  October 9, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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