The player safety video that was shown to every player on all 32 teams last week failed to make an impression on Jets linebacker Bart Scott.
“The legal hit and the illegal hit look exactly the same to me,” Scott told the New York Times.
Scott is one of several Jets who sound less than convinced that the league’s emphasis on illegal hits can actually change players’ behavior and make the NFL safer.
“The biggest thing at this level, at this high level, is the speed of the game,” defensive end Vernon Gholston said. “Everything is so fast. If a player with the ball moves this way or that way or ducks down and you’ve already committed to your hit, you can’t just physically stop. You’re already in, you’re already committed.”
And defensive back Drew Coleman wonders why some of the most flagrant hits (like the one that got James Harrison fined $75,000) aren’t flagged, while some hits that aren’t illegal at all draw 15-yard penalties.
“Guys who don’t get flagged on the play get fined the week after by the league and then guys who do get called, they don’t even get a fine,” Coleman said. “Which one is it? It doesn’t make sense right now.”
So while the league said this week that it noticed a reduction in illegal hits on Sunday, that might have been due in part to the fact that the Jets were off. Because the Jets don’t seem to be sold on the increased emphasis on player safety.