It could be that by the time the lights someday go out on this blog, our subtitle about “remembering” when it was “OK to hit the quarterback” may be much closer to reality than we could have ever imagined. Because, you see, we’re heading further and further away from the game of football every day and, if we keep on this course, hitting the quarterback may only be something you can watch courtesy of the NFL Films archives.
I can’t stand repeating things, but when it comes to this subject I can’t stand silent either. Watching SportsCenter earlier this evening and caught Chris Mortensen chatting about hits like the Pollard tackle on Tom Brady, Hines Ward’s block on the Bengals Keith Rivers and Clark’s de-cleating of Wes Welker. The gist? The NFL is looking into changes to the rules that would further “protect players” and outlaw such hits beginning as early as this coming season.
These would be hits where a player on the ground “lunges” at the quarterback or a “blindside” block. GIVE ME A F-IN BREAK. Seriously, this is getting freakin’ absurd. I understand the theory behind it, I really do. These guys are faster, stronger and quite literally more lethal than ever. The notion of a player being severely injured or even killed on the playing field in many ways becomes more likely seemingly every year.
But aren’t there other ways to protect the players that don’t involve actually changing the game of football? Maybe spend some more time on helmets that could help prevent additional concussions. Put energy and resources behind equipment advances and bringing technology that will better safeguard against serious injury. The blindside block? This is a serious consideration?
I played football in my younger years. We called such hits “earholing” someone. It was something you tried to do. Change of possesion, kickoff return, there are situations in every game where a player can throw a “blindside” block that can spring a big play. It’s why coaches always preach to “keep your head on a swivel.” And don’t even get us started on what we would think if some kind of “Brady rule” went into effect.
Pollard’s hit on #12 last year was the equivalent of a basketball player diving into the stands to save the ball. It was a pure hustle play. A clean, hard-working football play. He was basically crawling, after being blocked, doing everything he could to put a hit on the quarterback. That’s another part of the sport – rushing the quarterback and attempting to hit him. It’s what defensive players spend a good amount of time trying to do.
We could go on and on, but we’re sick of talking about this topic. You want to flag or even more heavily fine cheap shots on players who line up kill shots 50 yards behind the action, or safeties who launch themselves like missiles at a receiver while the ball sails 10 feet above their heads? Fine. Absolutely no problem with it. Makes total sense. The rest of this…this…stuff is complete nonsense. Welcome to the National Flag League, folks. On the docket for 2010, whether defensive lineman will have to count to five Mississippi before rushing the quarterback. Probably would keep those signal-callers safer, ya know?
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