Lexus Introduces Antidote to New “Roughing the Passer” Rule

Lexus reveals advanced safety technology for quarterback protection
January 22, 2019
PLANO, Texas (Jan. 22, 2019) — As the Big Game approaches, luxury automaker Lexus offers an antidote to this season’s controversial “roughing the passer” rule. The rule, which was designed to better protect quarterbacks from physical harm, has sparked no shortage of debate — with fans, analysts, coaches, defenders and quarterbacks alike questioning whether its enforcement has gone too far. In a video released today on, featuring Heisman Trophy winner and former quarterback Matt Leinart, Lexus reveals a suite of innovations designed to make quarterbacks finally, literally untouchable:
  • Blind Side Monitor: Lets quarterbacks know the exact moment they need to fall into a fetal position to avoid a tackle.
  • 360 Pocket Protection Camera: Gives quarterbacks a bird’s-eye view of the pocket and more time to move outside the tackle box to find the optimal safe position to throw the ball away.
  • Boo Dampening: Blocks boos and converts criticism into positive reinforcement to protect the quarterback’s vulnerable ego.
  • Scramble Maps: Guides the quarterback along the safest route to an open patch of grass where they can harmlessly slide to end the play.
  • QB Cocoon: Patented radar-enabled, seven-airbag cocoon creates a bubble of safety, allowing the quarterback to fall to the ground with a pillowy soft landing.
  • UX QB Escort: The safest way from the huddle to the sideline comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0.
The advanced technology — dubbed QBSS+ (Quarterback Safety System+) by the automaker — was inspired by the class-leading standard safety system in the first-ever Lexus UX compact crossover, which launched earlier this month. From new low-light pedestrian detection and daytime bicyclist detection technology to built-in cameras that help provide road sign information, the UX’s suite of standard active safety equipment is one of the most comprehensive safety systems ever offered in a Lexus. 
       “The launch timing of both the QBSS+ and the first-ever UX with the championship football season was particularly serendipitous,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Lexus marketing. 
In addition to the long-form video, the campaign includes pre-roll on, GIFs, paid social, and the YouTube masthead on February 2. A 30-second cut-down of the video will air during championship season starting with the Pro Bowl on January 27 on ABC/ESPN, with additional airings on NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2.
About Lexus
Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.
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