Breaking News! Making routine, even exemplary tackles, is now a 15-yard penalty. Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett laid a crushing hit on Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cameron Batson. The appeared to be as clean as could be, with Scarlett even making a clear effort to turn his helmet away from Batson. That didn't stop the officials in this game from penalizing Scarlett with a 15-yard penalty, which helped the Titans finish off a scoring drive.
There's a difference between trying to keep players safe and penalizing routine plays as if they're serious helmet to helmet hits.
Scarlett didn't even make contact with Baston's helmet, yet the officials flagged him for 15 yards, despite his efforts to avoid a dirty hit. Texans fans have every right to be livid after this.