Originally Posted by Say Watt
That is a little better, but I still have to wonder what stops the QB from being 10 yards down the field, act like he is going to throw the ball right before he gets hit, and suddenly it's a penalty? Sure, it is fairly unlikely he would do this, but it has to be settled. It either is or isn't illegal to throw the ball past the LOS. If it is illegal, then any QB past the LOS should be treated just like any other player unless he is in the act of sliding.
Hey, I've seen QBs WAY past the line of scrimmage still hold up the ball faking like they're going to throw it to get people to hold up.
But, ultimately, there is what the rule is and there is what the rule "should" be.
Personally, I'm with you. If a guy is past the line of scrimmage, then he's a runner and can be hit helmet to helmet. Shouldn't matter if he's a QB who's just thrown a pass or not.
But that's not what the rule is. And you've got to play by the rules or accept the fines and penalties associated with breaking them. Dobbins broke that rule and was penalized.
Now it's time to petition the league to change the rule if we feel that strongly about it or to just move on with a better understanding of the rules for the future.