The NFL has made a point in the last several years to show no mercy for defenders targeting quarterbacks. Late hits? Head shots? Guaranteed 15-yard penalty and hope you don’t get a call from the NFL league office. Unless your name is Cam Newton.
The biggest headline the morning after an NFL opener that was decided on a last second field goal isn’t the final score, it’s why a relentlessly rabid Broncos D was allowed to tee off on Cam Newton like a Titleist. Several of the hits were obvious helmet-to-helmet shots, but the officials inexplicably didn’t catch them.
Uh, yea, that’s a penalty.https://t.co/Mv845IZKGQ
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 9, 2016
— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2016
It’s even harder to comprehend Cam not getting calls because aggressively breathing on quarterbacks like Brady or Rodgers will draw a 15-yard penalty in the blink of an eye.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that Cam is treated differently from other quarterbacks because he’s built more like a starting power forward for the Charlotte Hornets than an NFL starting quarterback.
“Last night, you know what Cam faced? Size treatment. Shaq, LeBron, Big Ben, Cam. It’s the only time their size becomes a burden. The NFL officials decided last night, setting the tone and a precedent, you could take shots at Cam. And Cam is so big, and so strong, they just sort of allow it.”
For NFL quarterbacks, size matters, too.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 9, 2016