New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 03: Foley Fatukasi #94 of the New York Jets is called for roughing the passer after tackling Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium on January 3, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The NFL has some ego if it looks at what happened with pass interference reviews and says, “Oh hell yeah, we’re trying that again, bitches.”

But that’s apparently what the owners want to propose at the next league meeting later this month. According to Judy Battista of the NFL Network, owners are expected to discuss a possible rule change making roughing the passer calls and non-calls reviewable with instant replay. This comes after the league tried making pass interference reviewable for the 2019 season, and promptly got rid of it after teams realized it was virtually impossible to get a call overturned.

You can expect a similar result if they start reviewing roughing the passer flags. The calls themselves will continue to be poor. And it’s hard for officials to miss a chance to call it, as it is. Quarterbacks already get breathed on and the flags rain down like trash on the nWo.

How about looking at the officials themselves? If the bad calls are the problem, why is the solution to go to the cameras? Who wants to sit through this crap again? Is there really a large contingent of fans who are demanding to be able to watch every frame of a replay to see if a guy’s finger grazed the quarterback’s helmet?

The NFL has the right intentions in proposing a replay review rule for roughing the passer, but it's the wrong solution. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY)

The NFL has the right intentions in proposing a replay review rule for roughing the passer, but it’s the wrong solution. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY)

For whatever reason, NFL owners are yet again coming up with the wrong solution to a problem worth fixing. Weak roughing the passer flags are an issue, but the only way for the NFL to fix it is to fix the people throwing the flags in the first place. But please, begging you, anything but forcing viewers to suffer through more unnecessary replay.

Anyway, the Patriots have to figure out which quarterback will be the one getting roughed for them in 2021. Read below for some ideas.

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