Steelers HOFer Jack Ham Says NFL Needs To Pull Back On Roughing The Passer Calls

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Joe Kapp
September 27, 2018 - 3:44 pm

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Former Steelers Hall of Fame Linebacker Jack Ham joined Cook and Joe on Thursday to preview Penn State and Ohio State as he will be in the booth calling the game on Saturday night but the former Steelers great also weighed in on the NFL being flag happy on roughing the passer penalties.

“Were putting defensive players in a position where they can’t even play this game on the defensive side of the ball,” Ham said. “They got to pull this back a little  bit because you can’t let officials being the reason a team wins or loses a football game.”

Ham says the penalties are affecting the game and the product and it’s unfair to ask a defensive player to play under these rules.

“I know the safety of the game is important,” Ham added “But you gotta be careful you don’t go too far and I think that is what the NFL is doing right now.”

The Steelers/ Buccaneers game on Monday night marked the first time in NFL history that both teams had multiple flags for roughing the passer calls.

Ham also weighed in on Terry Bardshaw’s harsh criticism of Mike Tomlin and the Steelers being undisciplined.

“I would not want to get into Terry Bradshaw’s brain.” Ham said. “It’s just Terry being Terry.”

Listen to the full interview to hear Ham’s take on a huge game in college football Saturday night as Ohio State travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.

Ham will serve as color analyst for the radio play by play with Steve Jones.

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