Jack Del Rio says NFL overreacted in Patriots sanctions

The punishment of the New England Patriots for the Deflategate scandal is an overreaction, according to Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. He compared the Patriots' punishment to how USC, his alma mater, was punished by the NCAA in the Reggie Bush investigation. "I think there are some similarities in terms of an overreaction, from my standpoint,'' Del Rio said as the former All-American linebacker was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame.  "I think it was a little bit overdone, but that's somebody else's problem right now.'' The Patriots were docked first-round and fourth-round draft picks and fined $1 million. Star quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games. He has appealed. "Everybody understands that quarterbacks all want to get the balls how they like them, and why not?'' Del Rio said. "They throw these balls around, and one of the reasons the sport is so popular is the ability of guys like Peyton [Manning] and Brady to throw the ball the way they do.'' Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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