Steelers' TJ Watt Discusses NFL Officials Giving An Advantage To The Team's Opponent
So far in the 2023 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been on both ends of some questionable calls made by officials,
which is typical given that NFL referees are never perfect. Officials across the NFL strive to be consistent in their officiating of games.
This season, they appear to be giving some offensive tackles a minor advantage by allowing them to line up deeper in their stance and further away from the line of scrimmage,
as TJ Watt discussed on the Dan Patrick Show. The most visible illustration of this new type of alignment used by some offensive tackles came in the first game of the 2023 regular season.
When the Kansas City Chiefs' right tackle Jawaan Taylor appeared to be virtually in the backfield on most snaps .
and was even jumping before the snap a lot of the time last season, it was because he was a rookie.
No other NFL player has attempted what Taylor did, since he drew five penalties after attempting to play the same style in Week 2.
Many tackles, however, are setting up a little more off the ball to prepare for impact against some of the league's greatest edge rushers.
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