Houston (CBS Houston) – Penalties have been a major theme in the 2014 preseason. They’ve gone from 13.5 penalties a game in 2013, to a whopping 18.8 through two weeks of preseason football. The flags clearly benefit offenses, but Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson isn’t a fan.
“Watching the game last week against Atlanta, it kind of makes the game longer.” Johnson said Wednesday. “It actually makes you hate it a little bit because every time you look around there’s a flag on the ground.”
The NFL’s V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino has said the points of emphasis aren’t just for the preseason.
“We’re not going to change how we’re calling the games once the regular-season starts,’’ Blandino told The MMQB. “The way the game’s being officiated now is the way it’s going to be officiated when the season begins.”
But Andre Johnson isn’t buying Blandino’s declaration. He thinks the amount of flags will subside once the season starts.
“This is just my personal opinion,” Johnson said. “I don’t think it will be called as much in the regular season as it’s called right now.”
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