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Who do we blame for all the holding penalties this NFL season?
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Properly, hopefully our eyes have recovered from that Thursday Night time Soccer recreation between the Jaguars and Titans. Yikes. Fortunately, we must always have some thrilling video games this weekend. Personally, I can’t wait to look at the Chiefs-Ravens matchup!

Earlier than we get to the brand new mailbag, right here’s my weekly reminder to hit me up on Twitter or Instagram in case you’d like me to reply a query subsequent time.

Now, on to this week’s questions:

Is it true that the NFL coaches requested the league to emphasise holding and that’s the reason the holding penalties have gone up? In the event that they did, do the coaches have any proper to complain? —@joepalexander

Sure, defensive NFL coaches requested the league to emphasise extra holding calls and it’s utterly backfired. The refs have gone overboard — no shock right here — and it’s made the video games low-scoring and ugly.

I did discover within the second half of the Jags-Titans recreation that they didn’t name as many holds, solely two on the offensive line, however the recreation was almost unwatchable. There have been eight holding penalties, and 15 complete, within the first half alone. Even Tom Brady called the refs out:

Each offseason, the coaches ask the NFL and competitors committee to discover rule modifications and emphasize totally different guidelines. This offseason, the large push was holding. However sure, they’ve the precise to complain. When a nationwide broadcast is complaining about holdings, plus Tom Brady, then one thing needs to be finished.

The excellent news is that after the rise in penalties via the primary two weeks and this week’s Thursday evening recreation, I suppose the NFL will loosen its grip on the flags going ahead.

Do QBs that transfer within the pocket make it simpler to dam for, or do their motion and scrambles make it more durable in cross professional? — @Varo210

I get this query typically and the reply is definitely simple: Linemen want quarterbacks who’re in the identical spot each snap. If it’s a fast drop, the quarterback is the place he’s presupposed to be. If the drop is deeper, the quarterback hits 9-9.5 yards after which hitches ahead into the pocket.

If we all know the place the quarterback shall be every rep, we all know the blocking angles. In case you’re at sort out, precisely how deep you’ll be able to permit the DE to hurry round you. In case you’re at guard, you understand how extensive you want, or most frequently don’t want, to be to kick so you retain your physique between the rusher and the quarterback. If the cross rusher makes a secondary transfer, you’re in a position to redirect realizing the place the QB needs to be.

With that each one being mentioned, having mobility at quarterback and with the ability to escape poor safety is superior, however solely in doses. Typically quarterbacks who’re too cellular attempt to escape the pocket too quickly, or don’t perceive the refined actions wanted to assist the linemen within the pocket.

Lastly, that you must learn this text by Robert Mays on this precise matter concerning Deshaun Watson. It’s excellent.

I’ve at all times puzzled about meal regimens for professional soccer gamers. Do you’ve a special food regimen in the course of the season in comparison with the offseason? Additionally, was there a go-to gameday meal for you? —@JDRR89

When I first entered the NFL in 2008, most gamers simply ate no matter inside motive. There weren’t many gamers who had private trainers, customized meal plans with strict diets, and who ate to guard their our bodies. Now, I’d argue many of the prime gamers have a common sense of their food regimen and/or have folks in command of their food regimen.

Nevertheless, we used to eat like crap the evening earlier than a recreation. Like terrible. The evening earlier than the sport was once wonderful: cheeseburgers, pizza, fries, wings, and a sundae bar with all of the fixins. And, we’d crush it. I’d eat wings, a number of slices of pizza, and possibly some ice cream at 9:30 p.m. ET earlier than a 1 p.m. kick. And guess what? I felt nice on Sunday. I simply ate a small breakfast. Possibly an omelet and a bagel at eight a.m. after which we’d kick off. I really favored to “feel hungry” in the course of the recreation.

At present, everybody eats lots more healthy.

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