IRVING, Texas — It’s no secret that we’ve seen a lot more yellow on the field this preseason.
Last Friday, 32 penalties were assessed in New Orleans’ 31-24 victory over Tennessee. According to research done by Sports Day columnist Rick Gosselin, the most called in a single game last season was 27.
The NFL has put an emphasis on contact between defensive backs and receivers. Corners and safeties are being called for holding more often. And Jerry Jones thinks he knows why.
"A team like Seattle, who basically played a style that would risk a holding penalty as opposed to not having an aggressive defender back there," said Jones, whose son, Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones is on the competition committee. "That got a lot of complaints, and you’re seeing it [called] during the preseason."
Seattle had the NFL’s best pass defense in 2013, limiting opponents to 172 yards through the air per game. Seahawks All-Pro corner Richard Sherman led the league with eight interceptions as Seattle finished with an NFL-best 28 takeaways through the air.
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr will likely make his preseason debut Saturday in Miami. Carr’s aware of how closely officials have been calling the games through the first two weeks of the preseason, and he’s a little nervous.
"Whew … I don’t know," Carr said. "I’m going to find out Saturday how hard it really is. I don’t know. I might have to break some habits of just playing physical and aggressive down the field, but the name of the game is you’ve got to be able to adapt to it. Rules are rules."
Does he believe the calls will continue during the regular season?
"I hope not," Carr said. "There’s going to be some long football games. You’re going to have to watch a game for four hours."