The New York Jets got called for what might be the softest roughing the passer penalty ever.
There are roughing penalties and then there are rough penalties.
We saw the latter on Sunday in New York when the Jets were flagged for what has to be the softest roughing the passer call we’ve ever seen.
Officials threw a flag on Jets defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi for bumping Baker Mayfield after he had thrown the ball.
Fatukasi seemingly did nothing more than chest bump Baker Mayfield, with his arms extended and clearly pulling back from hitting him harder than he could have. Despite this, the flag was thrown and the Jets were hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty
Behold … the worst roughing the passer call of all-time. pic.twitter.com/MmOao9MVBS
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 27, 2020
Browns fans likely won’t have a problem with this call, especially in a game where Cleveland found itself in a slugfest with the Jets.
A handful of weeks ago, we all collectively lost our mind when the 49ers were flagged for what seemed like a clean hit on Drew Brees that unfortunately broke his entire upper body.
Well guys… we found it. The worst roughing the passer in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/PTGxVeqV3L
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 15, 2020
In the eyes of the NFL, that hit on Brees and what Fatukasi did to Mayfield are the same thing. To anyone who has the gift of sight, they are clearly not the same thing.
The league’s inconsistencies with penalty calls are nothing new, and in the grand scheme of things, these are not seismically bad decisions. The Saints still won their game against the 49ers (but lost Brees, which would have happened regardless of the call) and the Jets are playing for nothing more than draft positioning.
But it’s still frustrating to see a call like this and try to see anyone take it seriously.