The throwing arms of NFL referees must be getting sore with all the penalty flags they've been slinging during the preseason.
The emphasis on defensive holding, illegal contact and illegal hands to the face have caused a cascade of flags.
Still, the league has proclaimed their mandate that the point must be proven -- let's not pretend the men wearing stripes are doing this of their own volition -- and they want players to adjust.
(You can save the "NFL stands for 'Nother Flag League or National Flag League" jokes. About 724,632 people said them before you).
To their credit, coaches aren't playing the blame game when it comes to the penalties.
"You don't have to agree with the speed limit, but if the cop is out there with the speed gun, you better take your foot off the gas, or he's going to pull you over."
Playing off Kelly's metaphor, the rate in which we're seeing flags would be as if every single car on the highway were stopped for doing 72 mph in a 70 mph zone.
"Obviously, that was painful to watch," Payton said. "I can't recall ever a game with that many penalties. And here is the thing: most of the ones I saw were good calls. So this isn't about a crew calling a lot of penalties, this is about something I have to do a better job with. ...
"It's the first sign of a team that has no discipline. And that's the first sign of poor coaching. ... I'm very upset."
If the coaches are taking the proper steps to correct the errors, then the league has proven its point. Now that everyone got the message, maybe all those silly "prove a point penalties" can follow the 33-yard extra point off stage left after the second week of preseason is over.