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Ben Leber expects a "ton of resistance" to requiring more padding

B. Leber.jpgThe NFL wants players to wear more padding in the upcoming season, with an eye on making the changes become mandatory in 2011. 

Vikings linebacker Ben Leber, for one, doesn’t like the idea.

Speaking with Mike Florio and Henry Lake on KFAN, Leber said there will be a “ton of resistance” to such a proposal.  Leber only wears thigh pads (no hip or knee pads) and said he would be “a little disgruntled” if he’s required to put on more padding.

Mike believes the league could be trying to put players between a rock and a hard place.  On one hand, they are resistant to two extra games because of safety reasons.  On the other, they don’t want to take steps towards improving their safety.

Leber was also nice enough to say he appreciates being on the PFT magazine cover, although he wishes we showed the picture a few moments later.  Leber hit Drew Brees on the play, although the Saints quarterback did get rid of the ball in time.

We also learned that Jared Allen owns the mysterious hand headed towards Brees’ crotch, which we probably should have known all along.

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29 Responses to “Ben Leber expects a "ton of resistance" to requiring more padding”
  1. Bob Nelson says: Jul 20, 2010 12:53 PM

    Nice story on guys hitting players late with reduced padding.
    Great politics by the league.
    It takes away a lot of the “We are risking our health” arguments the players make when the players refuse to wear their padding.

  2. mattgso says: Jul 20, 2010 12:53 PM

    Smart by the league. That was a complete leverage move.
    Now the players have to make a choice: more games or more padding. In the end, the players will probably end up having to do both.

  3. Philly Cheese says: Jul 20, 2010 12:54 PM

    That’s fine, wear whatever you want. But don’t come crying to the commish in ten years saying you need help with your medical expenses.

  4. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Jul 20, 2010 12:54 PM

    More padding will mean more concusions.

  5. JimmySmith says: Jul 20, 2010 1:02 PM

    “We also learned that Jared Allen owns the mysterious hand headed towards Brees’ crotch”
    Another reason he is popular with the Viking fans but let’s give credit where credit is due, at least it wasn’t another late hit aimed at the QB’s knees as is his tendency.

  6. halestorm74 says: Jul 20, 2010 1:06 PM

    Ben “The Beast” Leber

  7. Contra says: Jul 20, 2010 1:12 PM

    3 Viking related posts in 1 hour proving AGAIN that the Vikings are the most interesting and most followed team!

  8. purpleguy says: Jul 20, 2010 1:18 PM

    Knee and hip pads aren’t going to prevent the ligament and related damage suffered by the players — just standard contusions. Now, if the NFL mandated knee braces that might be a different story.

  9. MBurkett says: Jul 20, 2010 1:18 PM

    More protection, less mobility (ask Leber). Less mobility, less performance.
    Less performance, fewer big plays.
    Fewer big plays, smaller contract…
    Where will it end?

  10. Dirte says: Jul 20, 2010 1:24 PM

    Can’t the owners step in and make guys wear at least certain minimum amounts of padding (ie thigh pads – hardly any players wear them)?

  11. SliKRiK says: Jul 20, 2010 1:25 PM

    VIKINGS SUCK! THE ONLY THING GOING FOR THEM IS THE UNIQUE WAYS THEY CHOKE EVERY TIME THEY ARE ON THE CUSP OF GREATNESS! THAT IS TRULY ENTERTAINING!

  12. mikemcsaint says: Jul 20, 2010 1:32 PM

    If Leber hit Brees after her threw the ball there should have been a flag. Where are all the sissy Viking fans pissing and moaning about the late hit? Unlike them, Saints fans believe it’s been part of the game forever. I was there and saw them hit Brees late several times but we don’t whine like Viking fans, then again no fan base does.

  13. Draft King says: Jul 20, 2010 1:33 PM

    I strongly suspect that the league is going to push very, very hard for an 18-game regular season with this next CBA. I don’t like it at all as a fan, but the NFL is looking to maximize its income.
    One upside for season-ticket holders: only being forced to buy one pre-season game ticket instead of two as they do now (presuming the reduction of the pre-season from 4 weeks to 2 in connection with the expansion of the regular season).

  14. EasyDrinkingBuschLight says: Jul 20, 2010 1:43 PM

    There’s a difference between hitting the QB as he’s releasing the ball or immediately after, and hitting the him WELL after the ball is released and hitting him low. As in diving into the back of his legs and trying to break legs/ankles. Saints fans know they played dirty on those late hits but they’re too full of themselves to care or admit it. I guess if you can’t beat ‘em then you gotta cheat, seems like the motto worked for you.
    We’ll see how they talk when Brees is the one getting cheap shots and beat up illegitimately.

  15. John El Way says: Jul 20, 2010 1:43 PM

    Pretty soon the only pads they will need will be of the lady protection variety.

  16. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 20, 2010 1:44 PM

    # mikemcsaint says: July 20, 2010 1:32 PM
    If Leber hit Brees after her threw the ball there should have been a flag. Where are all the sissy Viking fans pissing and moaning about the late hit? Unlike them, Saints fans believe it’s been part of the game forever. I was there and saw them hit Brees late several times but we don’t whine like Viking fans, then again no fan base does.
    ——————————————————
    The McSaint sounds like an awesome regional promotion for McDonalds.
    Okay you have two beef patties, four slices of cheese (American, Cheddar, Monterrey jack, and umm some other) then you add three strips of bacon and some special ranch sauce, lettuce tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. The bun is a special bourbon battered bun and teh burger can only be bought at McDonalds in the New Orleans area.
    The McSaint……the Super Burger for the Super Champs.
    There I even wrote you a slogan. You can send me the check.

  17. TrueFan says: Jul 20, 2010 1:50 PM

    Hey “MikeTheSaint” – In regard to your statement “If Leber hit Brees after her threw the ball there should have been a flag.”
    I guess you either don’t watch football or don’t understand the rules. A QB can be hit after the ball is released if the defensive player delivering the hit is in the process of tackling and can’t stop.
    That was apparently the case, or there SHOULD have been a flag, right? But a pretty idiotic statement by you because the refs in that game clearly were missing VERY LATE hits, as clearly shown on replays of the Saints taking cheap shots at Favre.
    Get over yourself buddy. It’s clear the Saints were out to beat up Favre. They admitted it, and bragged about it. And everyone, (Not just Vikings fans) agree that they got away with a few of them. Nobody is “whining” about it. It’s part of the game. They were trying to do it, they did it well, and they (for the most part) got away with it, because the refs either missed them or were afraid to call them in such a big game.
    Good for them. It helped them win the superbowl.
    But learn the rules please.
    BTW – Nice accidental swipe at your own QB with the typo of referring to Brees as “Her”. LOL.

  18. efil4zaggin says: Jul 20, 2010 2:03 PM

    Lots of players refrain from wearing pads due to cosmetic reasons. Michael Strahan was quoted as saying he didn’t wear hip, knee or thigh pads because he didn’t want to “ruin his aerodynamic line”. Lots of D-Backs like to prance around looking pretty too, the thinking being if you look good you play good. Charles Woodson goes padless and wears pants so tight that he can’t even tie them at the waist. If these guys are more concerned about looking good than protecting themselves from injuries, the league has a bigger problem on its hands than just getting them to protect themselves better

  19. sand0 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:29 PM

    Vikings must be an awfully neat team to generate so many hits on so many articles. Kudos to that organization. Whatever they are doing, it sure seems to be working.

  20. Chiefs2010 says: Jul 20, 2010 2:45 PM

    I say they require all players to have the obscene neck rolls of yesteryear…
    a la Cory Schlesinger and Bryon Cox
    Pad monsters are back!

  21. Manbearpig says: Jul 20, 2010 3:20 PM

    @TheRealShuxion
    What you just said is the most insanely idiotic thing I have ever heard. At no point in your incoherent rambling response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. We are all now dumber for having listened to it.

  22. lunds007 says: Jul 20, 2010 4:00 PM

    Want to make the NFL more safe? Take some pads away! Including Helmets! If players weren’t covered in Pads and Helmets they wouldn’t feel so invincible and blow each other over going 100mph. Look at Rugby, they have less injuries than football and they play with almost no pads at all.

  23. sand0 says: Jul 20, 2010 4:04 PM

    Saints fans must be the only fans in the history of sports that regularly bitch and moan about a game they won, the year after they won the Superbowl. Seriously shut up already. Your team is the only club in NFL history to win a playoff game after being outgained 2:1 in regulation. The Saints barely showed up to that game, played tight, got dominated, but were bailed out by insane fumbles and ridiculously onesided officiating, none of which they really earned or whatever. You got crazy lucky. But why the hell should you care. You won the Superbowl! Be happy.
    You guys don’t know how to handle success. When you win the Superbowl you are almost obligated to stop crying and blabbering incessently for at least a season or three. Vikings fans, being the team that was screwed (whether you want to admit it or not) have the right to continue to bitch and blabber.
    That is how these things work.

  24. theycallme_iPod says: Jul 20, 2010 4:43 PM

    #
    # MBurkett says: July 20, 2010 1:18 PM
    More protection, less mobility (ask Leber). Less mobility, less performance.
    Less performance, fewer big plays.
    Fewer big plays, smaller contract…
    Where will it end?
    ———–
    BS
    Underwear padding, like these padded tight pants from und.er arm.or, do NOT affect your mobility or strength, but they DO affect the wear and tear your body faces during a game.
    When I didn’t use them, I was bruised and battered after the game, I say these type of padding reduces the pain by 50-60%, which can be huge in a long season…
    Again, if you never played the game, don’t talk about IN GAME stuff, alright?
    Thank you.

  25. chipwade says: Jul 20, 2010 4:45 PM

    These guys need to talk to Mike Singletary:
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_C-H2DdR0pYw/SXgksCupLEI/AAAAAAAACKQ/XBq5_V5xiVY/s1600/singletary.jpg
    I wonder if the lack of money back paid back then caused players to protect their own bodies more or the technology in padding today is much greater?

  26. JimmySmith says: Jul 20, 2010 4:51 PM

    sand0 says:
    Vikings fans, being the team that was screwed have the right to continue to bitch and blabber.
    Something they would have done no matter what the officiating was or the yards gained. They are easily the biggest crybabies in the NFL.
    That’s why I take great delight in reminding them of how they screwed up, how many times they screwed up and how they will screw up yet again. It never gets old.
    Let’s see how the new season unfolds. I don’t know who is going to win the Superbowl but I do know its not the Vikings (again)

  27. Dial-A-Cliche says: Jul 20, 2010 4:56 PM

    PFT-
    “We also learned that Jared Allen owns the mysterious hand headed towards Brees’ crotch, which we probably should have known all along”.
    ____________________________________
    Just a little unrelated tidbit…
    Well, that pretty much confirms it, these guys are throwing chum in the water and watching Vikings, Saints and Packer turn on each other. All to increase the number of “eyeballs” on the site and sell ad space.

  28. mikemcsaint says: Jul 20, 2010 7:38 PM

    Hey TrueFan, thanks for biting on the bait. You might want to start paying attention to what your own fan base says.
    Sando, what would you know about winning games and bitching? Your a Vikings fan.You’ve got the bitching part down to a science.

  29. bang2gongs says: Jul 21, 2010 6:51 PM

    “We also learned that Jared Allen owns the mysterious hand headed towards Brees’ crotch, which we probably should have known all along”.
    Because Allen likes crotch, huh?

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