Jets CB Jamal Adams calls the NFL ‘a joke’ for roughing the passer call on Baker Mayfield
Things got even worse for Jamal Adams though. The superstar safety was fined $21,000 for a roughing the passer penalty against Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Adams isn’t feeling it. He posted the play in question Twitter. With it, he added a quick rant on about his feelings towards it. In the tweet, Adams calls the NFL “a joke.”
This league is a damn joke! I just got fined $21k for this hit, I signed up to play football not two hand touch. Bullshit! I don’t give a damn about these soft rules protecting QBs. Im gonna play MY brand of football everytime I step on the field. SMH pic.twitter.com/SKlTmBBMf0
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) September 19, 2019
The roughing the passer penalty might be the most scrutinized in the NFL. For a few years now (since they altered the roughing the passer rule), people have felt it’s too soft.
On countless occasions, players have been called for the penalty when it looks like they legitimately just tackled the quarterback as normal as possible.
Even in Week 2, there was another incident. The Denver Broncos were called for a very questionable roughing the passer penalty against the Chicago Bears. It happened in the closing seconds of the game and helped get Chicago into field goal range for the winning field goal.
For Adams and the Jets, this call was a little different. The game wasn’t on the line, and the 23-3 score indicates this likely didn’t change the outcome of the game.
However, it’s still easy to see why players get frustrated and why Adams is frustrated in this case. The hit looks to be slightly late, but it’s clean by all other counts. Maybe the penalty alone would’ve made some people shake their heads, but nothing more.
Adding on the $21,000 fine is what will raise eyebrows though. You have to sympathize with Adams here too. His Jets are now 0-2 and don’t have their starting quarterback in Sam Darnold for the next few weeks.
Add on the fine and things are just piling up on him.