The call by referee Tony Corrente’s crew was the first time since Nov. 30, 2003 that Hutchinson had been penalized for holding. This info. Was released according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Hutchinson, considered by most NFL analysts as the best offensive Guard and possibly best offensive lineman in the NFL, has not missed a game in since 2003. That’s a total of 97 starts (91 regular-season games, six playoffs) without being called for a hold. That’s a remarkable stretch for a guy who played thousands of snaps in that time.
Above and beyond the holding call, it’s flat-out rare for Hutchinson to be called for a penalty at all. That’s what makes it surprising that he’s been penalized twice in the past two games. Last week he was called for a false start against Pittsburgh, his first penalty of any kind since early in the 2007 season.
In all, Hutchinson has been called for three (accepted) penalties in four-plus seasons and 57 games since joining the Vikings in 2006. He was called for a false start on Sept. 16, 2007 in an overtime loss at Detroit, making it the first accepted penalty against him since Nov. 14, 2004 and ending a 44-game streak without a penalty.
He then started another streak that went 37 games, including the postseason, without another penalty until the Pittsburgh game.
Let’s hope that Phil Loadholdt and Bryant McKinnie are paying close attention.