The Eagles’ latest loss was fueled by a controversial

roughing-the-passer penalty called on Eagles defensive lineman Michael Bennett.
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, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz explained
the team’s philosophy when it comes to getting the quarterback on the
ground.“That’s a really unfortunate play, and I think for the most part this
year we’ve been able to avoid plays like that,” Schwartz told reporters in
relation to the Bennett penalty. “We coach guys to try to stay in the strike
zone, but sometimes they’re going to be pushed off their feet; sometimes they’re
not.Our coaching point when they are off their feet is try to swipe the leg and
not have forcible contact. I think that’s a judgment call whether that was
forceful or not. I know we can bring a lot more force than that and Michael was
trying to do the right thing.”Schwartz realizes that, in situations like this, a
penalty is always a possibility.“Sometimes you’re going to get a foul when
you’re not trying to,” Bennett said. “Sometimes there is going to be a guy
that’s going to hit the quarterback in the head because he ducks the head. There
is strict liability on defense. It’s a tough situation, but we got to deal with
it. . . .聽It’s not up to us to officiate. It’s up to us to play to the
officiating. Like I said, I think we’ve done a pretty good job all year of
avoiding situations like that.”For the most part, teams are trying to avoid
situations like that. But they happen, because the league is determined to
protect quarterbacks.The real question is whether the fouls are actually
reducing the number of low or otherwise impermissible hits on quarterbacks, or
whether the same number of hits are occurring — but only with flags being thrown
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