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Through the first few weeks of the NFL season, it appeared as if there was going to be a roughing-the-passer penalty epidemic.


Penalties were being called for nearly every hit on the quarterback and games were being fundamentally changed due to a revamped rule. A meeting with the competition committee a couple weeks ago seemed to have fixed most of the problems related to the roughing calls. 

​​And then T.J. Watt was fined more than $20,000 for a hit on QB Matt Ryan -- a hit that his brother, J.J. Watt, did not approve of.

​​J.J. went on to tweet out a video of the play while questioning how the hit could possibility warrant such a fine.

T.J. makes roughly $900,000 this year in salary, meaning the play was seen as worth about one-forty-fifth of his overall salary. That's roughly the same as if J.J. were to be fined $250,000.

Obviously, J.J. is a bit more emotional about this particular incident since it's his brother, but when one of the best defensive players in the history of the NFL is complaining about your rules, it might be time to reconsider.


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