Penalty on Green Bay Packers' Za'Darius Smith hit reminds us nobody knows what 'roughing the passer' looks like in the NFL
Outrage was plentiful when Green Bay Packers standout Za'Darius Smith was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty on Sunday, one that negated a Packers interception in the end zone in the third quarter of a 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Instead of a tipped interception caught by Darnell Savage and returned to the Packers' 31-yard line with the Saints ahead, 24-3, New Orleans was given a first down and scored two plays later to take a 31-3 edge.
Plenty of people were confused, including many who don't necessarily wear Packers-colored glasses.
As the league has become more and more mindful of keeping quarterbacks safe, it's become an annual tradition for NFL onlookers puzzle over a seemingly poor roughing-the-passer call. This one sure hurt the Packers, although it came at a time when New Orleans had already done a lot of damage.
The Packers were involved in one of the more controversial examples in 2018, when Clay Matthews was flagged for a seemingly clean hit on Alex Smith of Washington, a game-changing penalty that was profiled on the cover of Sports Illustrated.