(FreedomBeacon.com)- Deion Sanders spoke out about the rougher the passer call between Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Akiem Hicks and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Sanders joined the season finale of Peyton and Eli Manning’s “ManningCast” just in time to make the comments, according to The Daily Caller.
Hicks had made contact with Prescott during the NFL Super Wild Card Weekend playoff game when referees threw a flag. The NFL Hall of Famer and University of Colorado football head coach was in complete disagreement with the call. He immediately questioned why Hicks’ tackle was a foul.
Over the last few years, both the NFL and NCAA have introduced more restrictions, according to the outlet. Some argue that the rules reduce the quality of the game and put fear in players who will not go for hits.
“Come on man,” Sanders said while watching the playback. “You can’t even touch you guys anymore…Where’s the roughing?”
Some on Twitter defended the rule and the call.
“They’ve been calling them like that all season long. Nice of him to join us for a game,” one user wrote.
Another user said that quarterbacks are “frequently defenseless” and need the extra protection, pointing to former professionals now enjoying retirement in a wheelchair.
Roughing the passer calls are showing to be a concern for players. During the divisional round between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys, defensive lineman Arik Armstead failed to tackle Prescott. For a moment, it appeared that Prescott was going to be taken just passed the endzone.
It didn’t happen because Armstead was responding to the possibility that he might draw a roughing the passer penalty, according to Touchdown Wire.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that he aligned with his player’s thought process because it appeared like he thought Prescott was going to throw the ball.