Originally Posted by MplsBronco
15 yards is the max for the most egregious penalties, roughing the passer, facemask, unnecessary roughness. 15 should be the max for PI. It is a sufficient enough penalty.
Why? that would kill all long passes. I am a defender covering a receiver 1 on 1, the receiver runs a long route I am just going to dive at his legs, take the 15 and move on. At worst I took 15 yards when the pass would have been incomplete, at best I replaced a TD with 15 yards and a 1st down.
No other penalty in the game has the same potential to take away a big play, so this one should be harsher than all the others.