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July 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Is NFL planning to get tighter on defensive holding and illegal contact?

Some interesting Tweets tonight from Mike Pereira, former vice president of officiating for the National Football League and now a rules analyst for FOX Sports, indicating that the league plans to get harder this season on defensive holding and illegal contact.

Here are some of his Tweets:

While there aren’t a lot of details here to know for sure what it means, it’s obviously hard not to read those and think of the Seahawks and the physical play of the Legion of Boom secondary.

Seattle led the league last year in defensive pass interference penalties with 15 (which I realize is not the same thing but which you’d think there might be an increase of if they are really emphasizing those other two penalties) and was tied for first in defensive holding with 11. Conversely, the Seahawks were not called once last season for illegal contact.

At quick glance, it’s hard not to think that even more of an emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact might mean to more penalties for the Seahawks, or possibly having to adjust a little how the team plays.

If the Seahawks were a reason for any of this, though, Pereira says there wasn’t any evidence of it:

Definitely something to watch.

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