Despite the sharp uptick in roughing the passer penalties,. It's now up to pass rushers to change the way they've been hitting quarterbacks.
In other words, adapt or lose, one 15-yard penalty at a time.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see that the Rams have been practicing hitting quarterbacks without driving them into the ground -- a new point of emphasis for officials. It should, however, come as a surprise to see the sack method defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh debuted at practice on Thursday.
This might help Suh get around the new point of emphasis, but he might get flagged for an entirely different reason.
After Suh's punch, you can watch Michael Brockers perform a legal hit by falling next to -- not on top of -- the quarterback. Suh's? Not so legal.
While it might seem obvious that he was just messing around, Suh has long been a controversial figure for hits that have been deemed dirty, so let's just make it clear right here, right now that he was joking. He was just doing it "for the gram," as his teammate put it.
I shot the video and I'm still laughing 20 minutes later. It was classic. (Also, Suh was very well aware I was filming. "Do it for the gram!" Michael Brockers yelled).— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 4, 2018
Then again, if Suh actually decides to use his technique during a game, well, it wouldn't be the first time.
On Sunday, the Rams get to play the Seahawks, who have the second-worst pass-blocking offensive line through Week 4, per Football Outsiders. So, Suh and company should get plenty of chances to debut their new sack techniques against Russell Wilson, who might not fare much better than that tackling dummy above.