Saints Defensive Lineman Discusses NFL's Rouging-The-Passer Penalties

Quarterbacks are grown men choosing to play a violent sport, Cameron Jordan says, and sacks and hits are inevitable

Reiter Than You
October 29, 2018 - 10:10 am

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It’s only been three weeks, and NFL players are already fed up with the league’s new emphasis on roughing-the-passer penalties, as quarterbacks are being protected (some might say “coddled”) at an unprecedented rate. 

“There’s got to be a revision or clarity put on this rule,” Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan said on Reiter Than You. “At some point, you have to throw in the idea that quarterbacks are grown men as well. It’s the NFL. It’s a violent sport, and that’s what it’s supposed to be. So when you talk about sacking the quarterback, this is something that’s inevitable. We’re putting so much emphasis on the protection of quarterbacks that it’s sort of taking away from us as defenders. . . . We get it. The league is clearly making its line crossed. But it’s something that we have to adjust or hopefully get revised soon.”

Jordan also discussed Drew Brees, who broke Brett Favre’s career record for completions Sunday. 

Jordan believes Brees should be in the same sentence as Tom Brady in the greatest-of-all-time discussion. Why? Quarterbacks have thrown for 5,000+ yards in a single season nine times. Brees is responsible for five of them. He is also the all-time leader in completions and is third in passing yards and passing touchdowns – and could become first when all is said and done.

“Every year, year in and year out, he performs at the highest level,” said Jordan. “It’s like the conversation with LeBron James versus Michael Jordan. You can argue both of them. But they’re both the greatest of all time.”