Q-and-A with Referee Tony Corrente

Q)What was the thinking on those two roughing the passer penalties on the Jets?

Corrente: The first quarterback roughing the passer dealt with driving the quarterback into the ground and landing his body weight into his chest. The second one lowered his head into the quarterback hitting him initially into the upper chest area and then came up into his head.

Q)Is this landing on the quarterback rule a new one?

Corrente: No, that's an old standard, at least four or five years old or longer.

Q)From an NFL officiating point of view, what can a player like Jon Vilma do to avoid this type of penalty?

Corrente: Wat we've asked them to do is to try and fall off the the side and not drive him into the ground.

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