Pass interference rule in desperate need of overhaul

Extra Points (Football's finer side)
   Time to mount the soapbox and preach about a topic that makes me mad every time I watch a football game. The entire concept of pass interference.
   In the defense of passing-game affectionados everywhere, I love to see a well-executed passing game. However, I believe that we have went a little too far in favor of the receiver, and not in favor of fairness.
   Let's face it, defensive back is the toughest position in football to play, at least on a collegiate or professional level. Week after week, cornerbacks are asked to do the impossible, cover some of the greatest athletes in the world, and stay right on their hip for four quarters.
   When a guy puts his hand on a receiver, that shouldn't be an automatic flag. The men in stripes are calling these penalties just like the rulebook mandates, but the mandate is unfair.
   How can any athlete be expected to cover a talented receiver if he is not allowed to find that receiver while looking for the ball. This weekend while watching a few college and professional ballgames, I was sickened to see a great effort by a cornerback or safety rewarded only with a flag for pass interference.
   The playing field must be leveled or else we will not be able to convince anybody to play cornerback. Everyone will just want to play receiver.
   Now let's turn our attention to the defensive backs. What are you guys looking at? Why are you looking at the receiver? Here's an idea... LOOK FOR THE BALL. It's more important.
   From the stance, first read the quarterback's eyes. When the receiver turns upfield, go with him. Then when he looks for the ball, these defensive backs continue to look at the receiver. What, is he that good looking?
   I'm sorry for being somewhat funny, or sarcastic, but this is getting ridiculous. On countless occasions this weekend, I have seen balls that could have easily been deflected or even intercepted if the defender had been looking at the quarterback and the ball, not the receiver.
   High-powered passing offenses continue to make the game more and more exciting, as this happens the position of defensive back becomes more difficult to play.
   For that I sympathize, but there is no excuse for missing an interception that hits you in the back of the helmet. None.
   Granted the rules of passing are slanted in favor of the offense, but perhaps we could keep our current pass interference penalty -- if these guys would play the position like it was 20 years ago... and look for the ball.
   With these two changes, I feel as if the game of football would drastically improve. We could still enjoy big plays and spectacular catches from the likes of Randy Moss (who is a horrible blocker by the way) while enjoying some primetime defense.
   Oh, and by the way, what made "Primetime" himself, Deion Sanders, a good cover corner in the NFL was that he looked for the ball, not the receiver. And when the ball went airborne, he went looking for picks.