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Hakeem Nicks on getting blown up: “I wasn’t happy, but it’s football”

Hakeem Nicks AP

Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks got blown up by Saints rookie defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus on Monday night, and the officials threw a flag. But Nicks shook off the hit, got back in the game and said afterward that he didn’t it was that big a deal.

I was defenseless,” Nicks told Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger. “It’s football, he took advantage of it. He did what he’s supposed to do, I guess. I wasn’t happy, but it’s football. He got a good shot.”

It sounds like what Nicks is saying is what we heard a lot of people saying on Monday night: According to NFL rules, which place a high priority on protecting defenseless players, the hit was a penalty. But it’s also hard to ask a defensive back not to lay a hard hit when he’s trying to break up a pass to a receiver going over the middle.

Abdul-Quddus didn’t look like he was trying to injure Nicks, but he did break the rules. And he’ll surely be fined for it.

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  1. joetoronto says: Nov 29, 2011 12:11 PM

    There were two very similar shots last night, one by each team.

    Neither should have been flagged, unless they come up with a new penalty and call it “hitting too hard.”

  2. tombradyswig says: Nov 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    Go Nicks!! UNC!
    Giants suck though….. in full collapse mode now!! lol

    ps – Tom coughlin seems like a real dick head!

  3. rascalmanny says: Nov 29, 2011 12:12 PM

    How long before players start asking for “Goodell” money added to their contracts?

  4. pmd5319 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:16 PM

    IAQ’s hit was border line helmet-to-helmet. This is the 2nd article referring to the hit. I thought Kenny Phillips on Graham was much worse and it gets no mention.

  5. grilledjesus says: Nov 29, 2011 12:20 PM

    I guess Jimmy Graham didnt get a helmet to helmet defenseless hit last night, could have sworn I saw that though.

    Oh well, glad Nicks is ok.

  6. wutthecrapman says: Nov 29, 2011 12:21 PM

    Next week is the Packers… Enjoy

  7. yzguy431 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:22 PM

    sad what has become of this game.

  8. Fantasy Football Legend says: Nov 29, 2011 12:26 PM

    I agree with Nicks. Man all this calls anymore are getting crazy, all since sally Brady got hurt and missed the season.

  9. kjs7way says: Nov 29, 2011 12:27 PM

    p.s. Mr Whiner, it will happen again. Keep your chin strap tight!!!!

  10. gcsuk says: Nov 29, 2011 12:27 PM

    grilledjesus says: Nov 29, 2011 12:20 PM

    I guess Jimmy Graham didnt get a helmet to helmet defenseless hit last night, could have sworn I saw that though.

    Oh well, glad Nicks is ok.
    ———————————————————————-
    Obviously you didn’t see the flag they threw on Phillips for that hit. Defenseless receiver, 15 yards, same as the hit on Nicks.

    The only difference was the Giants didn’t dance around and exchange hi-fives like they just won the lottery, like the Saints did when it appeared Nicks was injured. Not low class, just no class.

  11. Iamthatguy says: Nov 29, 2011 12:29 PM

    It was a good clean hit. One that Ronnie Lott, Donnie Shell and a few others would be proud of.

    On a related note….. Mr. Goodell will announce sweeping new rules in the “name of safety” today. Among the changes to beging taking effect immediatly are…
    No defender can get within 5 feet of the QB (10 feet for Tom Brady)
    No defender can EVER touch the QB
    Receivers running routes can never be hit
    Ball carriers can only be “tackled” by removing a flag that will be worn on either side of the waist.

  12. pigskinswag says: Nov 29, 2011 12:36 PM

    Quddus’ hit on Nicks may have been flag-worthy (it wasn’t IMO), but he lead more with the arms. Kenny Phillips led completely with his head on Jimmy Graham, and the idiot didn’t even think about the fact that HE could have ended up injured.

  13. randomguy9999 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:39 PM

    the new rule is fundamentally… no helmet to helmet…

    at full speed it looked much worse than it was, but there was a head to head impact…. so, by the rules, good call…

  14. themackstrong says: Nov 29, 2011 12:39 PM

    I thought that hit on Nicks was pretty clean and up until yesterday thought it was still a part of football. I understand hits to the head, helmet, shoulder. Was that penalty for hitting too hard? Now if a fine comes as well its gonna be a joke. But that flag basically gave NY 7 points when they were getting smashed.

  15. tdk24 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:44 PM

    Ok, this “defenseless” thing needs to go away. They can’t even play football with that rule. If you walk out onto that field wearing football gear, you are not defenseless, you know what you are getting into. Laying a hard shoulder into a guy as he catches the ball should not draw a flag.

  16. dohpey28 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:45 PM

    The hit on Nicks was a penalty, Abdul-Quddis launched head first at him before Nicks even got a foot down.

    The hit on Graham was clean, Graham caught the ball, and was taking his 3rd step when Phillips hit him shoulder to shoulder without launching. It looked ugly as Graham got folded over, but it was clean.

    Glad both Nicks and Graham where both able to continue.

  17. xxwhodatxx says: Nov 29, 2011 12:47 PM

    No one mentions the R.Harper BS flag in the end zone either. HE RAN INTO THE GUY!!!! It’s to the point where anytime there is a hit you just expect a flag to drop. It’s just disgusting.

  18. tdk24 says: Nov 29, 2011 12:48 PM

    Oh, and if anything last night should have been flagged it was Brandon’s like “jersey fist pump” that he taunted the Saints with all the way back to his sideline even. If there were ever blatant taunting, that was it. But the refs did nothing but jump in there and push him away. Seems like if you need to do that, it’s called TAUNTING!

  19. strctlylo says: Nov 29, 2011 12:49 PM

    it’s not so much helmet to helmet on these calls, nicks and graham, but it’s the ‘defenseless receiver’ part of it. Nicks was, in the pure sense of the phrase, defenseless as he wasn’t looking at IAQ while he was getting hit. Graham on the other hand was in better position to adjust as he had turned around after the catch and saw the defender about to hit him but he was ruled ‘defenseless’ by the referee. Safeties are going to need to be taught to tackle after the catch and give up the yards on the play instead of trying to dislodge the ball from the receiver at point of catch because they are going to be called for 15 yard penalties every time along with fines and money coming out of their paychecks.

  20. njphin says: Nov 29, 2011 12:51 PM

    The Yerimiah Bell hit 2 weeks ago was the worst of all he clearly didnt lead with his helmet just blew the guy up with his shoulders and still got a penalty

  21. mightyleemoon says: Nov 29, 2011 12:56 PM

    Fans just love to whine about players having to play a game by the rules.

    You can’t launch yourself. You can’t lead with your head. But, you CAN make a fundamentally sound tackle…if you know how. The rules aren’t ruining the game. The people constantly complaining about rules are ruining the game.

  22. dohpey28 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:00 PM

    You can hit a defenseless receiver, you just can’t hit him in the head. It is not a hard rule to figure out.

    Playing football, we where always taught all the way from pop warner through college you have to “SEE WHAT YOU HIT” meaning keep your head up and hit them square. It keeps both you and the opponent from getting hurt. There seems to be a lack of respect for each other that for the most part wasn’t a problem 15 years ago. Maybe its the ESPN era where everyone just wants to be on the highlights.

  23. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 29, 2011 1:01 PM

    It wasn’t pretty, but it was a perfectly legal hit.

  24. skilaufenhase says: Nov 29, 2011 1:01 PM

    That was a clean hit as far as I’m concerned. If you start below the shoulder pads….

  25. dstep24 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:15 PM

    Is the goal of the fine to reduce the number of these types of hits, and truly protect the players…or is it to create a new revenue stream for the league? Because I think I’ve actually seen more of these hits this season than last. Not sure anyone is any more protected than in past years.

  26. spharrgcs says: Nov 29, 2011 1:17 PM

    As stated above, the penalty was deserved based on the rules. However, no one will ever be able to stop a defensive back from doing what he is both taught and paid to do. His job is to break up the pass and separate receiver from ball. If he clearly uses his head as a weapon and drives the crown into the ear hole of a receiver’s helmet, then yes, that is unnecessary roughness and deserves a flag. If you watched the low-angle slow mo replay it was clear that he used his upper body (shoulder pad) to deliver a perfectly timed blow which had the desired outcome, ball separation from player. This was a great football hit and should not have been characterized as dirty or illegal.

  27. scra22 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    gcsuk says:
    Nov 29, 2011 12:27 PM
    Obviously you didn’t see the flag they threw on Phillips for that hit. Defenseless receiver, 15 yards, same as the hit on Nicks.

    The only difference was the Giants didn’t dance around and exchange hi-fives like they just won the lottery, like the Saints did when it appeared Nicks was injured. Not low class, just no class.
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    I think the original poster was referring to the fact that there have now been two articles about the hit on Nicks and none on the hit on Graham.

    And I don’t even think the Saints players noticed that Nicks was still on the ground, they all turned away from him and celebrated – Abdul-Quddus is a back-up and rarely has the opportunity to make a play, maybe they were just happy for him in the moment.

    And if the Giants players had celebrated the hit on Graham, it would have been idiotic considering they were down by 18 points and couldn’t stop anything all night. Kind of like Brandon Jacobs’ celebration when still down double digits (and he finished with under 50 yards). Pretty stupid.

  28. schmitty2 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    At halftime I peed in a defenseless toilet. Surprised I didn’t get flagged

  29. anactualnflowner says: Nov 29, 2011 1:36 PM

    When we are old and grey (some of you sound like you’re already there) we will say to our kids… This player would never have made it in our time. We used to hit hard back then until Roger Goodell became Comissioner. That is his legacy…. Eliminating hard hits. That might not be the intent but officials seem to err on the side of penalizing the defense.

    Goodell, some constructive criticism… Change the equipment before you change the game. Concussion reducing helmets aren’t even mandated. I’m pissed that wasn’t done first in an effort to make the game safer before changing rules.

  30. franknunley57 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    Giants were playing without their IMPACT linebacker Michael Boley !

  31. dclogicatlast says: Nov 29, 2011 1:40 PM

    Eli should have been flagged for getting Nicks blown up. It was his fault not the safeties.

  32. havok82 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:42 PM

    Can we get through a thread without the blame being on Brady? Seriously? It’s not his fault that defenseless receiver crap is in the game. How about blaming that one on James Harrison or Ryan Clark? They seem to make that type of hit the staple of their game. If anyone is to blame for the slippery slope and general wussification of the NFL it is Bill Polian. When he cried that the Pats DB’s were too mean to his little girl WR’s, they started changing the dynamic of how defenses could play.

    You haven’t been able to touch a WR or QB the same way since. It was Mr. Rules Committee Bill Polian crying to slant things to favor Peyton and the Colts. Other coaches and organizations adapted to the new rules and thus we have a pass whacky NFL.

  33. deepthoughtsbyhandyjack says: Nov 29, 2011 1:50 PM

    From a football standpoint, don’t like the new rule. But protecting people from head/spine injuries is more important than a game we play for entertainment.

  34. broncobrewer says: Nov 29, 2011 1:53 PM

    Ok Gentlemen you take the strap pass it through the loop and strap it down. Next you put these three flags on the belt, make sure they are secure.

  35. realistik84 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:56 PM

    “The ball is in the air Mr. Receiver…are you going to catch it? Yes, OK – let me know when you are ready for me to hit you.”

  36. dstep24 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:25 PM

    “Hit on a Defenseless Receiver” translation:

    “Disallowing the Catch”

  37. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 29, 2011 2:33 PM

    pmd5319 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 12:16 PM
    IAQ’s hit was border line helmet-to-helmet. This is the 2nd article referring to the hit. I thought Kenny Phillips on Graham was much worse and it gets no mention.
    _________________________
    That is because Phillips is a son of the Church of Tebow and Abdulah-Quddus, sadly, is not.

  38. n0hopeleft says: Nov 29, 2011 2:36 PM

    Where does it seem like Hakeem complains about the hit? HE DIDN’T.

    We’re not talking about DeSean Jackson here.
    At least Nicks tried to make a play, even when in reality, the Giants were already out of the game.

    How many of today’s receivers would’ve looked down and dodged the hit?

    And for the record – all of you talking about Jacobs like Giants fans supported him dancing around while we’re down 21-10, WE DONT.
    The guy is doing that because he’s outlashing at everyone, including his own fans. He solidified this last week on his radio interview with Boomer Esiason. He wants to make us look bad because we aren’t bringing him back next year…

    If we had a better option at RB, he would be in the game. Tom Coughlin hates Jacobs, and so do most Giants fans.

  39. ruggerlad says: Nov 29, 2011 2:58 PM

    No hits in the game should have been penalties or fines!

  40. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Nov 29, 2011 1:15 PM
    Is the goal of the fine to reduce the number of these types of hits, and truly protect the players…or is it to create a new revenue stream for the league? Because I think I’ve actually seen more of these hits this season than last. Not sure anyone is any more protected than in past years.

    ————–

    Given that they refuse to state where the money is going, and how the owners are still bitter about the monies they had to give up in the new CBA, it has been my assertion all along that it is going back to the owners.

  41. max20characters says: Nov 30, 2011 1:37 AM

    The No Fun Leauge is getting way out of hand. Next thing you know they’ll have flags around their waists!

  42. dladd79 says: Nov 30, 2011 1:57 AM

    Not a Giants fan but I do have much respect for Mr. Nicks comments.

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