I love to hammer on Peterson, but my opinion is that it's a bit out of hand. I remember when you only couldn't bang the reciever WHEN THE BALL WAS IN THE AIR!
What I don't agree with is the automatic first down on illegal contact. It should be a spot foul. This still means it's basically a free play for the offense, and most times, it would still result in a first down. But someone in a 3rd and 25 shouldn't get a first down when the infraction is only say, 9 yards downfield.
As it stands, illegal contact is too close to pass interference. You have to give the Patriots credit, they have been milking illegal contact for years now. And it's so subjective. They got away with it again in the SuperBowl to a lesser extent.
Just exactly how much more can we handcuff coverage to promote an arena ball type offense?
Also, I don't know why Shanahan can't get it in his thick skull that it's going to be the ability to rush the passer that is going to be more important than the "shut down" corner, playing with both hands tied behind his back.
If they just would of enforced the rule to begin with....
One other idea would be to allow contact up to 10 yards. Five is way too short.
I think that, as long as it wasn't holding, and of course before the ball is released, would clear this up.
What is happening is LB's are sitting 5 yards back before they ever start to cover. Giving a bump to the reciever off the line has been a trademark by LB's for years. There has to be some balance restored before not only the Fullback, but the Running Back itself is an endangered species.