Just been thinking as of late…..
I find it hilarious that the NFL loves to protect its poster children aka the quarterback position yet doesn’t do enough to protect the other position players on the field as well.
The Brady Rule about going to a QBs knees after going to the ground only got implemented because Brady’s knee injury in that season opener of 2008 versus the Chiefs took the biggest reason why the any casual fan even took interest in the NFL after the 2007 season he put up. 50 touchdowns, the league lead in passing, an MVP season, a 16-0 regular season and a trip to the Super Bowl were MAJOR reasons why the NFL had its popularity and when Pollard tore up them knee ligaments, CHANGE HAD TO BE MADE!
I think all the quarterbacks in this league are critical to what the game is about,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “It’s like if Peyton Manning were gone for a season, I think the whole NFL suffers, the same way the NFL suffered with Tommy out. So whatever we can do to protect quarterbacks and to minimize the opportunity of them being taken out with a year-ending injury I would support.
“It’s not good for the league. What makes it special is special players. It’s like going to see a great movie and the star isn’t in the movie. It’s the same principle….
Said in March of 2009
Yet anytime a player scores a touchdown, they’re allowed to absorb unnecessary hits that go unflagged and unfined? When Anquan Boldin had his nasal bones turned into tuna salad, Anquan just came back to work a couple weeks later and now has the word “tough” permanently used whenever referring to him? When Willis McGahee got shaken to his brain stem when Ryan Clark lit into him during that playoff game, the defense catches a penalty, Clark is fined and McGahee just has to walk it off with no special rule in his honor?
I think the NFL needs to choose a lane here.
You can’t take the physicality out of all phases of defense when it comes to the QBs yet let the position players grind themselves into paste, can you? INJURIES HAPPEN! You can’t take away hits to certain players because they took one of your breadwinners off the job for a bit.
It may be pointed out that to the vicious hits absorbed by DeSean Jackson, Austin Collie and Mohamed Massaquoi during various games have led the NFL to change the way DBs are reffed. Yes, that is true. Receivers have protection now from headhunters looming in the secondary…
Let me ask this:
Are there no concussions in pass game now?
The refs now give the offense so much room to operate that it’s almost unfair to defensive players to expect them to cover any offensive skill player downfield without assuming a flag is coming. The defense, just like the offense, need to take advantage of their physical gifts and their football smarts to compete. With the way the league is structured, the defense isn’t always allowed to operate freely from a mental standpoint. If the safety streaking across the field, right in line to smack a receiver and impose his will on the play CANNOT do that because of a fear of penalty on the play, heavy fines and possible suspension, how is that fair?
And that’s because the NFL loves the pass game. Because they love said passing game, the idea is to now put it on display on every TV screen, computer screen and mobile device as possible…
Either we turn the league into a full fledged flag football league where physicality is not allowed OR we leave it alone and let the physicality happen on its own and if injuries happen, by accident, then so be it…
Stop trying to control the sport more than you already are, NFL…