Is the NFL being over-protective of its quarterbacks? Brandon Spikes was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Sunday that made quarterback safety a hot-button issue once again.
On Monday, Mike Felger asked former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira if the league ever considered putting flags on quarterbacks so that they wouldn't have to be tackled. And he was serious.
Pereira explained that, no, flags were never in play. But he did admit that the league has a serious focus on keeping its quarterbacks safe. He said it's not necessarily a financial decision that the NFL's Competition Committee has made to treat quarterbacks differently, but because players at that position have so much to do with winning and losing, it's only logical to have a different set of rules that applies to them.
Check out the above video to hear Pereira explain the makeup of the Competition Committee and what factors play in to its decisions on player safety.
It's been almost two years exactly since the Deflategate saga began during the AFC title game between the Colts and Patriots on Jan. 18, 2015.
Since then, Robert Kraft has expressed his displeasure at how the whole thing was handled by the league -- particularly as it relates to the treatment of quarterback Tom Brady -- on multiple occasions. And according to a story in the New York Times, that feeling hasn't subsided.
"Sometimes, the league really messes up, and I think they really messed this up badly," said Kraft . "But we’ve all agreed to subjugate our right to disrupt everything.
"I mean, we can, but we’re a partnership. There’s jealousy, there’s envy, there’s stupidity. Sometimes, life is unfair, and you have to suck it up and move on and not use it as an excuse."
Brady served his four-game suspension to start this season, and Kraft opted to accept the league's punishment for the team following the 2014 season: They were docked two draft picks (a first and a fourth) and fined $1 million.
The piece includes Kraft's thoughts on President-elect Donald Trump ("Loyalty is important to me, and he has been a wonderful friend," Kraft said), as well as comments from others on how Kraft has handled his situation ("I think Bob has exhibited disagreement, but he’s also very capable of making and influencing change," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said).
You can read the full piece here.