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Hartline calls Swearinger hit on Keller “crap”

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The swinging of Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito’s helmet at him by Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith has all but obscured a moment from the same game that had a far more permanent consequence for a member of Miami’s team.

Tight end Dustin Keller has been lost for the year after a low hit from Houston safety D.J. Swearinger, who has explained that he went low due to concerns that going high would draw a flag.

“It’s crap,” Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline told WQAM’s The Joe Rose Show regarding the explanation.  “I mean I think that, me personally, if you’re telling me, ‘Oh, I’m so worried about going high or hurt[ing] the head,’ you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”

The incident highlights the ongoing balance the league and its players are trying to strike.  While players would rather have a concussion than a torn ACL, the NFL isn’t getting sued for failing to protect players from torn ACLs.  (Yet.)

Still, there’s an unwritten rule among players about hitting a guy low, given the potential impact on his playing career and earning capacity.

“I have a lot of good pros on my team, and from what they have said to me is that there is no place for that in the game today,” Hartline said.

Plenty of other players feel the same way.  As a result, we’ve got a feeling the NFL eventually will establish a quarterback-style strike zone for all players, at all time.

At a time when plenty of players are complaining about rules limiting the ability to hit the head or use the helmet, it’s hard to imagine that any would complain about losing the ability to sweep the leg.

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134 Responses to “Hartline calls Swearinger hit on Keller “crap””
  1. brutus9448 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:51 AM

    it was a cheap shot. The texans are a cheap shot team. I feel bad for AFC south teams that have to play them twice a year

  2. green41563 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:55 AM

    Swearinger’s story is almost certainly nonsense, but I doubt he was trying to injure Keller.

    Maybe he’s just a dope?

  3. jonevans83 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:56 AM

    it wasn’t that he went low… it is that he aimed directly for the knee cap on a defenseless receiver. He launched him self and aimed his helmet directly for the knee cap with no effort to use his hands or arms to make a tackle.

  4. hardythekraken says: Aug 20, 2013 9:57 AM

    Really? I understand the frustration in losing your TE for the season but it was a clean hit by Swearinger. Keep complaining about things like this and soon the NFL will be two-hand touch.

  5. skinsfanwill says: Aug 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Your helmet and head are directly attached to your shoulder. So many people have been called and fined for clean shoulder hits when the hit is a jarring blow. But what can you do when the players are suing the NFL. Drop the lawsuit and get back to playing regular football you friggin idiots. Can’t blame the NFL for protecting themselves against being sued.

  6. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Maybe this idea is too insane for one reason or another, but what about instituting a program for all NFL having players considering a career in the NFL? It is a very simple formula that goes like this:

    (1) get all current and prospective players to get fully and accurately educated on the known dangers of playing football the old skool way; and

    (2) having only those players who choose to sign Informed Consent Waiver papers as being eligible to play?

    Wouldn’t that put the kibosh on the threat of litigation – while also maintaining the essence of *real* football? There’s a reason people liked to watch Dick Butkus play.

  7. guppies66 says: Aug 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    By his own admission, he went low on purpose and ended another player’s career.

  8. joshuavkidd says: Aug 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Cheap shot for a guy out-weighed by 40-50 lbs to go low on a TE when he has already been warned countless times that he cannot go high? That’s the point we have gotten to in football? This is what’s wrong with the NFL… people insisting that they can eliminate injuries in a game based on full-grown men slamming into each other at high speed.

  9. annapterp says: Aug 20, 2013 10:00 AM

    Completely 100% legal hit. I’ve been saying for the last 2 years that the new NFL rules instituted by King Roger will result in more broken legs and destroyed knees. The destruction of the NFL has begun. It will take a while since the league is so strong but you won’t be able to recognize the NFL in 3-5 years.

  10. bighurt228 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    Problem happens when you have a small corner trying to take down a big tight end. Going low seems to be the only way they can, without being thrown aside by the TE. It’s a shame the guy was hurt, but how much more can Goodell change the rules. Not all players are huge in the NFL. When a corner needs to take down a large player, he’s taught to shoot for the ankles. It’s always a shame when a guy is injured and has to sit out a year. I’m not a Texan fan at all, but a fan of the NFL. Trying to look at it realistically.

  11. mvpolamalu says: Aug 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    In the nfl you are trying to bring the biggest and fastest athletes in the world to the ground. Since it has been made clear that the league does not want hits to the head, he did one of the only things he could do, hit low. This guys competing for a starting role, he’s gonna do what he needs to do to win that job. It is ridiculous to say that nfl defensive players can’t hit high or hit low.

  12. irkjames says: Aug 20, 2013 10:01 AM

    This what happens when a group of old men who have never played a legitimate down of a football in their lives take control of a league of professionals.

    Forcing defenders to go low just so that the league/owners can save some cash on bettering the helmets??? Is that what they call protecting players from concussions???

    The only people to blame for this injury are the same ones who have absolutely no idea of the consequence of the rules they’re changing.

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 20, 2013 10:08 AM

    The Texans do this kind of crap all the time. Hartline is right. Between cut blocks and LB/DBs that go low, its amazing there aren’t any more fights. The idea that Swearinger was going to knock Keller out with a tackle at or above the waist is a joke and frankly an insult to Keller.

    And, it’s PRESEASON.

  14. lmoneyfresh says: Aug 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    There’s a difference between going low and lining up a dude’s knees before he’s even turned around. Dirty play, straight up.

  15. greymares says: Aug 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    STOP IT, it’s football put the guy with the ball on the ground, period.

  16. 6thsense79 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    I really don’t see how Swearinger’s explanation is crap. I’ve seen so many games through the past few seasons where the defender aimed at chest or even waist level and the offensive player went lower to protect themselves causing a helmet to helmet collision and a penalty plus fine. The NFL has instructed its refs to throw a flag on the defender even when in doubt for any hits above the shoulders. If I’m a defender I’m aiming for the legs all day. It’s the only guarantee against a flag and fine. Notice Swearinger wasn’t assessed a penalty or fine here. A lot more players will take that approach unless the league stops fining them for hits to the head that the offensive player causes by bringing his head down. Those are just part of the game.

  17. jmichaelshipman says: Aug 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    How exactly are the Texans a cheap shot team?

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    Everybody who knows football and has seen the play says their was nothing dirty about it.

    Its the same hit that happens countless times in the league every week. Keller just happened to have the leg planted and it went bad. DJ apologized to him on the field and after the game.

    For those criticizing Antonio Smith…. He most definitely should get a game suspension, what he did was reprehensible. But watch the video… Incognito is almost gouging Smiths eyes out during the play. He has both hands under his face mask.

    There is a difference between being a dirty player, which Incognito is well known to be, and reacting to a dirty play. The guy who reacts almost always gets the punishment.

  19. chaz84 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    Between the NFL and unwritten rule of players, there’s a strike zone of where players can hit. If he goes to high, he’s fined and suspended. If he goes to low he’s deemed a dirty player. The players have to react in a seconds notice to expect them to be in “the zone” every time is ridiculous. It’s football, it’s the risk they take every day going on to that field. Stop whining and move on. It’s not like the Dolphins were going to do anything this season anyways

  20. marshmellon says: Aug 20, 2013 10:12 AM

    I thought Brian Hartline was bagging groceries these days.

    It’s tackle football people, not two hand touch.

  21. jayrandle says: Aug 20, 2013 10:13 AM

    I don’t know if it was intention…
    But I do know that Swearing hit was unncesseary…
    He did not even attempted to wrap with his arms the legs or lower body of Dustin Keller…
    He merely lower his head and lead with his helmet towards the legs of Dustin Keller…
    So you have merely a helmet hitting directly to the man legs…
    I feel the Miami Dolphins have a right to be upset about a unnecessary hit.
    Yes it is legal…but it needs to change because to destroy a young man ACL, PCL, MCL, & Knee cap with an
    Incorrect tackle in a meaning less preseason game which can damage his ability besides to help his team but
    To make a living is wrong.
    If there was a law suit about hits to the expose lower knees than the NFL would be motivated for changes.
    That shows that the NFL motivate is merely to cover themselves and not the genuine safety of the players.
    And please don’t disregard the point and reply ‘its part of the game’…yes it is but it is bigger than that.

  22. soldyou says: Aug 20, 2013 10:14 AM

    The only thing that bothers me about this is the hitter was thinking about it before he hit Keller. I coach at the youth level, it is almost impossible to get a perfect tackle in a game situation. My boys know heads up football, but usually it’s just head up and wrap up. Anyway they can someone down. I would love to see the form we practice every week in a game, but you just have to keep coaching safe football.

    If you think about killing before you do it, isn’t that 1st degree murder. I know he didn’t kill anyone…but he thought about it long enough to predetermine where he was going to land the hit.

  23. canehouse says: Aug 20, 2013 10:15 AM

    the hit was legal in the standards of the NFL… but we all know it was cheap, and cowardly… hence will be labeled dirty. Swearigin’s explanation is ridiculous… he is stupid rook!!

  24. dgreenfi says: Aug 20, 2013 10:16 AM

    You can sue for a torn ACL?

    -Philadelphia Eagles

  25. jtchernak says: Aug 20, 2013 10:16 AM

    I hate the texans but c’mon swearinger is a rookie and was within the rules no matter how bs they are. If he went high he would have lost a fair amount of money

  26. bigjdve says: Aug 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    I just watched that video about 10 times. He aimed for the legs, just like Pollard did for Brady. It was intentional.

    He may not of meant to hurt him, but the intent was for the knee, you can see him line it up. He could’ve went higher.

    And his excuse about hitter higher is complete and utter BS. There is a huge zone from shoulders down to mid-thigh.

    He was trying to make a point, I think that we will be seeing more attempts to make this point this year with all of the complaining from the players about the hits to the head rules.

    Side note: Most of the best hits that are shown through out history are when players just obliterate people by hitting them in the torso.

  27. jaychristsays says: Aug 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    It was a dirty hit. To an extent I understand the hit low because the target area is lower on players. But he didn’t even try to make a proper tackle. With the crown of his helmet he dove directly into the knee. He didn’t try to use his arms or any other part of his body. It’s garbage. He should get two games minimum, and that’s being generous.

  28. hehateme2 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    Clearly, some of you don’t understand that there is a LOT of room under the head and ABOVE the knees.

    Lazy, poor form tackle that ended a season… if not more. Cheap shot artists.

  29. ogmandinohtx says: Aug 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    He did no wrong its called Texans football if u cant hang go back to college.

  30. rainponcho87 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:20 AM

    Really tough to regulate this game. Bodies are moving in 3D space at high speed. You see the time a guy is going to tackle the QB, he is headed to his chest or waist, then the QB dips his head and starts folding up because he knows he is going to get hit, then all of a sudden its helmet to helmet and a flag is thrown. You can’t win. You just have to have sound technique and let the flags and injuries fall where they may.

  31. scmems07 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    this guy was suspended in college for illegal hits, dude does not know how to play his position. just a guy trying to make a name for himself as a “big hitter” and he is going to end people’s careers. you can be a big hitter like reed and polamalu and still do it leagally.

  32. theraven0690 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    Didn’t a Dolphins player go low on DHop a few plays earlier? He left the game with a concussion. We’re not crying. Madden football on Sundays, might just happen.

  33. schaub2dreallday says: Aug 20, 2013 10:26 AM

    Are the Dolphins REALLY gonna miss Keller….seriously??!!!

  34. freepretzels says: Aug 20, 2013 10:26 AM

    What’s he supposed to do? He can’t hit high, he can’t hit low, the other guy is bigger than him and its happening at full speed.

  35. andyb02 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:29 AM

    I don’t think he was trying to injure anyone. This kind of hit isn’t necessary unless it’s RG3. I honestly think he was going for the thigh area and misjudged how far off he was. Even so, kids are taught to wrap up right around the stomach area and run through the tackle. That kind of tackle could have easily been made on him instead of a flailing no armed tackle.

  36. gochargersgo says: Aug 20, 2013 10:30 AM

    Anyone who thinks he “consciously aimed at his knees” clearly never played ball. Bodies flying around at 100mph, you have only enough time to make a quick reaction. He saw a big dude flying at him, easiest way to get him down is to cut out his legs. These hits happen all the time, you don’t get to just criticize the ones that cause injury.

  37. oakfolk says: Aug 20, 2013 10:30 AM

    DBs that tackle high are worthless…they must tackle low. Tackle low and the runner goes down. Tackle high and you’re either riding the guys back like a little kid or you’re getting trucked…pick your poison. I’ve seen years of Michael Huff tackling high on rbs/te’s and it made me hate the guy as a player.

  38. raymondtx says: Aug 20, 2013 10:30 AM

    Did he get a flag? Fine? No. Its called Football. Players get injured.

    Now go get some decent uniform’s miami and quit complaining.

  39. jcampol says: Aug 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    Please stop with this crap that he didn’t want to hit him high. Keller had not even turned himself around to lower his head. The guy stands 6″4 no way he was hitting him helmet to helmet unless he was jumping up and head butting him. I don’t think it was intentional but the guy made a poor decision and someones career may be over because of it. He launched at his knee with his helmet end of story. Legal or not it’s a dirty thing to do. Don’t try to blame Goodell for this, learn how to do things properly. He led with his helmet directly into a guys knee. Try to defend it all you want it’s wrong. His best bet would have been to not comment any further than I’m sorry it happened, and I never meant for someone to get injured I was just trying to make a play.

  40. rushmatic says: Aug 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    The faster you all learn that the NFL ISN’T this type of football anymore, the better off we’ll all be.

  41. r8rsfan says: Aug 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    ”I mean I think that, me personally, if you’re telling me, ‘Oh, I’m so worried about going high or hurt[ing] the head,’ you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”

    “I have a lot of good pros on my team, and from what they have said to me is that there is no place for that in the game today,”

    What dialect of the english language is this?

  42. schaub2dreallday says: Aug 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    All you haters who say the Texans are cheap shot artist, name the last Texan player and the game a cheap shot was made.

  43. truninerfan49 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    The NFL created this mess. You are going to see alot more knees destroyed because players are afraid to hit anywhere near the head.

  44. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    It would be kind of cool if you could only hit the guy in the torso. Would totally change the game though. Would see a lot more DBs bouncing off the bigger backs… and a lot more blasted chest cavities.

  45. 6thsense79 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    soldyou says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:14 AM
    The only thing that bothers me about this is the hitter was thinking about it before he hit Keller. I coach at the youth level, it is almost impossible to get a perfect tackle in a game situation. My boys know heads up football, but usually it’s just head up and wrap up. Anyway they can someone down. I would love to see the form we practice every week in a game, but you just have to keep coaching safe football.

    If you think about killing before you do it, isn’t that 1st degree murder. I know he didn’t kill anyone…but he thought about it long enough to predetermine where he was going to land the hit.
    ———–
    Hmmm…..by making it a rule that any hit incidental or not over the shoulders will trigger a flag isn’t the league telling its players to think before they hit? I fail to see your point. The message here to me is to hit as low as possible.

  46. scmems07 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    “Didn’t a Dolphins player go low on DHop a few plays earlier? He left the game with a concussion. We’re not crying. Madden football on Sundays, might just happen.”

    no, a dolphins player did not, he hit his head on the ground when he fell and he was not targeted at his knees. but i do remember when texans fans were crying a river when cushing got knocked out from a chop block….remeber that?

  47. beachsidejames says: Aug 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    What goes around comes around.

  48. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 10:37 AM

    If a player can’t tackle below the waist, you should:
    1) Expect a lot more fines and suspensions for helmet to helmet hits
    2) If a player can ONLY tackle between the shoulders and waist, expect more 42-35 games.

    This is such a common hit. I GUARANTEE someone on YOUR team has done a very similiar hit. Usually the hit takes the players legs out from under him and the play is over. Keller had his knee planted and as he turned, he exposed it. It sucks that it happened but it was a totally fair and legal football hit.

    You want to see a dirty hit below the waist. Go look up Matt Slausen’s hit on Brian Cushing. The play is going away from Slausen and Cushing is in front of him. He knows can’t get in front of Cushing, so he dives at the BACK of his knee. That’s a torn ACL EVERY TIME.

  49. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    jonevans83 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 9:56 AM
    it wasn’t that he went low… it is that he aimed directly for the knee cap on a defenseless receiver. He launched him self and aimed his helmet directly for the knee cap with no effort to use his hands or arms to make a tackle.
    —————————————–
    False – he aimed low as all secondary guys will do when it’s a larger TE they have to tackle, hit him in the thigh (where Hopkins got hit as well on his catch), and Keller landed wrong on his knee.

  50. texanfan53 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    How exactly are the Texans a cheap shot team?

    ——————————————————–

    When they became relevant and actually pretty good.

  51. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    brutus9448 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 9:51 AM
    it was a cheap shot. The texans are a cheap shot team. I feel bad for AFC south teams that have to play them twice a year
    ———————————————
    That’s simply a troll statement made by an opposing fanbase. If they’re a cheap shot team, Miami with Incognito is even worse.

  52. oakfolk says: Aug 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    I bet Swearinger was attempting to sweep Keller off his feet by hitting low…I’ve seen it many times. Just a bad break (no pun intended).

  53. supremekingz says: Aug 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 20, 2013 9:59 AM

    Maybe this idea is too insane for one reason or another, but what about instituting a program for all NFL having players considering a career in the NFL? It is a very simple formula that goes like this:

    (1) get all current and prospective players to get fully and accurately educated on the known dangers of playing football the old skool way; and

    (2) having only those players who choose to sign Informed Consent Waiver papers as being eligible to play?

    Wouldn’t that put the kibosh on the threat of litigation – while also maintaining the essence of *real* football? There’s a reason people liked to watch Dick Butkus play.
    ——————–

    This is a good idea. But I think if the NFL did this, in a way it would be them admitting the NFL is dangerous, the NFL acknowledges is, and thus it would prove correct all those lawsuits from former players.

    I wish there was something they could do. I want kickoffs back at the old yard line, I want QB’s and everyone treated equally, and I want people to stop crying about a game of collisions being “dangerous”.

    Football is the last place in America where a man can be a man and not apologize for it. I really feel like we’re losing our last place…

  54. jaredo10 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    what a dirtbag low class excuse for hitting the guy low.

  55. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    johnnyjagfan says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:08 AM
    The Texans do this kind of crap all the time. Hartline is right. Between cut blocks and LB/DBs that go low, its amazing there aren’t any more fights. The idea that Swearinger was going to knock Keller out with a tackle at or above the waist is a joke and frankly an insult to Keller.

    And, it’s PRESEASON.
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    Spoken like a true Jags fan. When your team is relevant again, then you can speak out.

  56. rukkus1 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    Maybe he could learn how to hit from Kam Chancellor.

  57. insanelomein2 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:43 AM

    Swearinger is right. If Keller would have ducked his head to cushion some of the impact and their helmets glanced off each other is a 15yd penalty on the defense.

    Knees, hips, and legs are going to be getting destroyed in the NFL now. But hey now in 10+yrs we can have another round of lawsuits due to people being unable to walk.

    They should just put 2 reflective bands on the uniform and that could be the “tackling zone”.

  58. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    scmems07 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:22 AM
    this guy was suspended in college for illegal hits, dude does not know how to play his position. just a guy trying to make a name for himself as a “big hitter” and he is going to end people’s careers. you can be a big hitter like reed and polamalu and still do it leagally.
    ———————————————
    He was suspended in college for hitting high. Looks like he took that under advisement and changed how he hits so he wouldn’t be suspended.

    Again, complain about the hit all you want Fins fans, but it was a legal, hard hit and it’s unfortunate that Keller got injured on it, but that’s football. You can’t complain about Goodell ruining the game by taking away dangerous hits and then turn around and complain about your player being injured by a solid, legal hit.

  59. squinn21 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    I love how none or the networks or media are showing the Texans lineman that reamed Swearinger out on the sideline after this hit. What happened to that? It was careless.

  60. painsyndicate says: Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    You are taught as a kid to “tackle the belt buckle”. Going high is headhunting and going low means you are trying to injure someone, period.

    Not a surprise that Swearinger did this unfortunately.

  61. illiniftw says: Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    I think it comes down to my money vs his money. As a defender if you go a bit too high there goes your game check if you’re a scrub. If you hit low you could accidentally end their career, but that’s their problem. It’s a cold way to think, and I’m sure most players don’t intentionally hurt other players, but it isn’t like the offensive players will say “thanks for saving my legs and going high! I’ll pay your fine.”

  62. cavemanna says: Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    He had the entire torso to hit. He was standing straight up. So why did he lead helmet to kneecap? A professional in an exhibition game could’ve done better.

  63. keeppounding says: Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    In my opinion, these guys get paid well to put their health on the line in a game they know is dangerous. There’s no place for a defenseless receiver rule, helmet to helmet rule, and so on. These NEW rules take away a big aspect about what we love about football. We love BIG HITS, we love seeing a linebacker blow up a receiver that dared come across his middle. We want to see a running back put his head down and fight for yards. Football is meant to separate the men from the boys. I don’t like how soft the NFL has gotten/ is becoming. What’s next? Every game ends in a tie?

    If I wanted to watch a safe sport I’d watch soccer.

  64. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    freepretzels says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:26 AM
    What’s he supposed to do? He can’t hit high, he can’t hit low, the other guy is bigger than him and its happening at full speed.
    —————————————
    Exactly. Smaller defensive backs always go for the legs on bigger tight ends because if they try to tackle them by the waist they’ll just bounce off or be carried downfield.

  65. number1ninersfan says: Aug 20, 2013 10:47 AM

    Really? I understand the frustration in losing your TE for the season but it was a clean hit by Swearinger. Keep complaining about things like this and soon the NFL will be two-hand touch.
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    Clean hit… Cleanly to the knee cap with OUT making any attempt to wrap up!!! That’s about as clean as it got!!! You MUST be a Texan fan!!

  66. 11inthebox says: Aug 20, 2013 10:48 AM

    This is the problem with penalizing “helmet to helmet” shots. Defenders will go low instead of high. There’s no other choice.

    As for Hartline’s take… I understand why he’s upset. His teammate got hurt. But Hartline isn’t a defensive player and doesn’t know what it’s like to be in that situation.

    This sort of injury is the result of the concussion controversy.

  67. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    squinn21 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM
    I love how none or the networks or media are showing the Texans lineman that reamed Swearinger out on the sideline after this hit. What happened to that? It was careless
    ——————————————
    That’s because it didn’t happen.

  68. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:51 AM

    cavemanna says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM
    He had the entire torso to hit. He was standing straight up. So why did he lead helmet to kneecap? A professional in an exhibition game could’ve done better.
    ——————————————
    Because there’s no way a 6′ 185 pound DB is going to wrap up and bring down a 6’3 250 pound TE by himself.

  69. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:52 AM

    number1ninersfan says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:47 AM
    Really? I understand the frustration in losing your TE for the season but it was a clean hit by Swearinger. Keep complaining about things like this and soon the NFL will be two-hand touch.
    ——————————————————————–
    Clean hit… Cleanly to the knee cap with OUT making any attempt to wrap up!!! That’s about as clean as it got!!! You MUST be a Texan fan!!
    ———————————————
    All defensive players, especially defensive backs, tackle like this. Yes, EVEN Niners players do it.

  70. silverhornet says: Aug 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    theraven0690 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:24 AM
    Didn’t a Dolphins player go low on DHop a few plays earlier? He left the game with a concussion. We’re not crying. Madden football on Sundays, might just happen.

    —————————-

    Do you even know how Hopkins got the concussion? It was a result of his head hitting the field turf! And Jimmy Wilson hit Hopkins on the thigh while Hopkins was running (making a move) after the catch.

    And for those of you Texans’ fans saying your team is full of angels, maybe you should review the Antonio Smith helmet swinging incident.

  71. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    painsyndicate says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:44 AM
    You are taught as a kid to “tackle the belt buckle”. Going high is headhunting and going low means you are trying to injure someone, period.

    Not a surprise that Swearinger did this unfortunately.
    ———————————————-
    All players are taught this as kids, but the NFL is a totally different league. Unfortunately with the size and strength of bigger players, this technique doesn’t always work.

  72. nananatman says: Aug 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    The only thing ridiculous about this is thinking a man can’t aim himself well enough to hit another man in four feet of body between the head and the knees, it is in fact called the torso and midsection and thigh, it has the largest mass making up the human body but you can’t ask them to hit it, apparently it is too hard. What isn’t too hard is that same man can hit a knee cap with absolute certainty. He can target something the size of your palm with an absolute guarantee. That is really stupid.

  73. silverhornet says: Aug 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    htown1035 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:51 AM
    cavemanna says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM
    He had the entire torso to hit. He was standing straight up. So why did he lead helmet to kneecap? A professional in an exhibition game could’ve done better.
    ——————————————
    Because there’s no way a 6′ 185 pound DB is going to wrap up and bring down a 6’3 250 pound TE by himself.

    —————————

    Except Swearinger is not 185 pounds, he’s 208 according to your team’s website.

  74. deacon59bm says: Aug 20, 2013 10:57 AM

    going high is not going to get you fined its leading with your helmet that gets the fine, so going low leading with your helmet should get the same a helmet to the knee should be at lest a fine and or suspension what happen to wraping up, the helmet is for protection for the player not be use as a weapon against them. So wrap up it could be you. It is your lively hood, Texans teach this young man to wrap up that explanation was Crap!

  75. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 20, 2013 10:58 AM

    You can still hit high you just have to use proper, competent tackling form and not go helmet to helmet. I’ve seen many well done tackles with proper form this preseason.

    It’s the idiots whose goal is to make a big hit and get on the highlights that are the cause of this. These are supposedly professional players so the should know exactly what proper and legal tackling form is and adhere to it.

  76. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    htown1035 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:51 AM
    cavemanna says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM
    He had the entire torso to hit. He was standing straight up. So why did he lead helmet to kneecap? A professional in an exhibition game could’ve done better.
    ——————————————
    Because there’s no way a 6′ 185 pound DB is going to wrap up and bring down a 6’3 250 pound TE by himself.

    —————————

    Except Swearinger is not 185 pounds, he’s 208 according to your team’s website.
    ———————————
    Ok, 208. Still a 50 pound difference.

  77. citnetter says: Aug 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    If I were Hartline, I’d be whining about those “crap” new Dolphins uniforms.

  78. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    deacon59bm says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:57 AM
    going high is not going to get you fined its leading with your helmet that gets the fine, so going low leading with your helmet should get the same a helmet to the knee should be at lest a fine and or suspension what happen to wraping up, the helmet is for protection for the player not be use as a weapon against them. So wrap up it could be you. It is your lively hood, Texans teach this young man to wrap up that explanation was Crap!
    ——————————————–
    There’s a difference between leading with your helmet launching yourself in the air at a defenseless receiver and a leg tackle.

  79. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    silverhornet says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:54 AM
    theraven0690 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:24 AM
    Didn’t a Dolphins player go low on DHop a few plays earlier? He left the game with a concussion. We’re not crying. Madden football on Sundays, might just happen.

    —————————-

    Do you even know how Hopkins got the concussion? It was a result of his head hitting the field turf! And Jimmy Wilson hit Hopkins on the thigh while Hopkins was running (making a move) after the catch.

    And for those of you Texans’ fans saying your team is full of angels, maybe you should review the Antonio Smith helmet swinging incident.
    ————————————
    No one said the Texans were angels, but they’re not a dirty team. And Smith and Incognito have a long history.

  80. schaub2dreallday says: Aug 20, 2013 11:05 AM

    Silverhornet, obviously you need to review the Smith Incognito incisdent where Richie clearly had Smith by his face mask trying to rip it off

  81. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 20, 2013 11:07 AM

    Seemed like a legal and effective hit to me. Don’t like it, then complain to the league and change the rules so it’s illegal. The league knows what should and shouldn’t be legal and I thought everybody was on the same page.

  82. silverhornet says: Aug 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    htown1035 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 11:00 AM
    htown1035 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:51 AM
    cavemanna says:
    Aug 20, 2013 10:45 AM
    He had the entire torso to hit. He was standing straight up. So why did he lead helmet to kneecap? A professional in an exhibition game could’ve done better.
    ——————————————
    Because there’s no way a 6′ 185 pound DB is going to wrap up and bring down a 6’3 250 pound TE by himself.

    —————————

    Except Swearinger is not 185 pounds, he’s 208 according to your team’s website.
    ———————————
    Ok, 208. Still a 50 pound difference.

    __________________________

    Which I would understand him going low if Keller is running at him full speed, looking to bowl him over. The only one going full speed towards the other play was the DB Swearinger. Keller was moving east west, having to turn to catch the ball.
    He was exposed / defenseless.

  83. silverhornet says: Aug 20, 2013 11:11 AM

    citnetter says:
    Aug 20, 2013 11:00 AM
    If I were Hartline, I’d be whining about those “crap” new Dolphins uniforms.

    ___________________________

    You mean the ones selling in record #’s?

  84. bluenose1965 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:17 AM

    Trolls out themselves with misinformation.

    Swearinger was suspended in college once for a headshot.

    It was suggested players should play clean, like Ed Reed. Reed has been fined on multiple occasions were illegal hits.

    The Swearinger tackling style happened another 50 times over this weekend. It was unfortunate that the timing of Keller planting caused and Swearinger’s hit caused the injury.

    It’ll happen again this season and it easily could be any of your teams players on either side of the play.

  85. holl9408 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    It sounds like a lot of these DJ Swearinger haters are ready for NFFL (National Flag Football League).

  86. texanfan53 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    I ike the new Dolphins unis. Gotta love that Houston Oiler blue!!

  87. maniakalol says: Aug 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    I dont get why people are bitching about the uniforms. I absolutely love them and im actually a fan of the team. White on white is 100% classic and were actually wearing a color that resembles Aqua instead of a dark ugly green.

    Also, i hope somebody blind sides Swearinger and knocks him out.

  88. silverhornet says: Aug 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    schaub2dreallday says:
    Aug 20, 2013 11:05 AM
    Silverhornet, obviously you need to review the Smith Incognito incisdent where Richie clearly had Smith by his face mask trying to rip it off

    ______________________________

    Unfortunately for you, the league won’t take any prior action into account when dishing out Smith’s REGULAR SEASON suspension. And an offensive lineman grabbing a defender by the face mask is an on field penalty for illegal hands to the face, not a suspension/fine/etc.

    Side note. I’m not sure what the referee standing within 5 yards of the incident was looking at.

  89. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:26 AM

    silverhornet says:
    Aug 20, 2013 11:10 AM
    __________________________

    Which I would understand him going low if Keller is running at him full speed, looking to bowl him over. The only one going full speed towards the other play was the DB Swearinger. Keller was moving east west, having to turn to catch the ball.
    He was exposed / defenseless.
    —————————————-
    You’re talking about the specific situation. Let’s say Swearinger gets there late and Keller has time to turn and run – Swearinger is bowled over if he tries to tackle him midsection. It’s unfortunate that he was defenseless, but that’s what happens with receivers all the time. The CB’s job is to get him down or else he’s gone.

  90. the2013miamidolphins says: Aug 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker

    I completely agree. First, anyone that thinks this is a safe sport is a moron. But for those morons, have them take a quick safety education course and sign the waiver. If they dont, they can’t play.

    The NFL is a risk reward career. You risk a great deal playing the game, but you are rewarded with huge contracts.

    this is the proper course of action.

  91. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 20, 2013 11:34 AM

    How many knee injuries come from CHEAP shots???? A lot.

    Tom Brady anyone?

    Part of the game, like it or not. Someone takes Hartlines head off…concuss’ him for 3 weeks…and he’ll call that crap too.

    These guys cannot tackle by swinging their purses.

  92. billhicks666 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’m glad that people think the Texans are a cheap shot team, even though they’re not. It means that the Texans are inside the opposing players’ heads, and the opposing players are concentrating more on a potential “cheap shot” than just playing the game.

    All fans and opposing players who are whining that the Texans are a “cheap shot” team need to grow a pair.

  93. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Aug 20, 2013 11:41 AM

    Its obvious alot of commenters here NEVER played football.

    all this “he couldve aimed between the shoulders and the knee” jive proves it. As a defender u bring the guy down. if you think its possible to make a textbook, perfect form, wrap-up tackle every play, or even TRY to, than you will get embarrassed by the ball carrier and be on the bench or the street

    The game is going 150 mph and regardless of his explanation or what you think of it, that hit was so completely normal and routine that it sickens me. 9 times out of 10 keller gets tripped up, falls, and the play is over.

  94. chrisbradley9 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:47 AM

    We can all say thank you to the rule changes! Guys do not want to be fined, so they are lowering their target zones to the lower part of the body. Knees are going to be the new concussions of the NFL. I guess not walking is better than not thinking or having headaches.

  95. schaub2dreallday says: Aug 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    Silverhornet, Smith will be suspended probably the last 2 preseason game. Anywho I wish the Phins well, i want to see the Pats KOd outta the playoffs

  96. stoicpaisano says: Aug 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    “I thought Brian Hartline was bagging groceries these days.”

    Well, he is getting paper-bag money with his new $31 million contract.

  97. xLith says: Aug 20, 2013 11:55 AM

    Been a Texans fan for almost a decade and still not seeing where the team is starting to get its “cheapshot” reputation from. I guess that is what happens when your team is finally consistently good?

    The people calling us cheapshots are probably the same ones still crying about the Patriots video taping games and still call them cheaters.

    Get over yourselves pansies.

  98. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says: Aug 20, 2013 11:56 AM

    Its obvious alot of commenters here NEVER played football.

    all this “he couldve aimed between the shoulders and the knee” jive proves it. As a defender u bring the guy down. if you think its possible to make a textbook, perfect form, wrap-up tackle every play, or even TRY to, than you will get embarrassed by the ball carrier and be on the bench or the street

    The game is going 150 mph and regardless of his explanation or what you think of it, that hit was so completely normal and routine that it sickens me. 9 times out of 10 keller gets tripped up, falls, and the play is over.

  99. flasaint01 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:58 AM

    If the New Orleans Saints did that everyone would be shouting…”BOUNTY—BOUNTY”
    Go figure. It was a “CHEAP-SHOT”

  100. kepdogg23 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:03 PM

    So someone weighing 200-300 pounds running at me full speed and hitting me as hard as they can is dangerous? Strange!!

    Look we all take on risks everyday, mine happens to be a papercut, but I also don’t have a chance to make $500k a year.

  101. hehateme2 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    “But watch the video… Incognito is almost gouging Smiths eyes out during the play.

    WOW. What kind of make up world do you live in? There was no risk to Smith having his “eyes gouged out.” You’re a drama queen.

    “There is a difference between being a dirty player, which Incognito is well known to be, and reacting to a dirty play”.

    Again, living in a bubble. Richie has not had the “dirty player label since he’s been with the Dolphins. All this is old news.

    The problem is with an immature Smith who can’t control his anger and should be booted out of the game.

  102. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:17 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    WOW. What kind of make up world do you live in? There was no risk to Smith having his “eyes gouged out.” You’re a drama queen.

    “There is a difference between being a dirty player, which Incognito is well known to be, and reacting to a dirty play”.

    Again, living in a bubble. Richie has not had the “dirty player label since he’s been with the Dolphins. All this is old news.

    The problem is with an immature Smith who can’t control his anger and should be booted out of the game.
    —————————————-
    Anyone who thinks Incognito isn’t a dirty player is either clueless, or a Dolphins fan, or a clueless Dolphins fan – which is probably more the case.

  103. jdgrn01 says: Aug 20, 2013 12:29 PM

    Quit your whining… It’s football you sissies..

    I’m sure his NFLPA Sponsored insurance will cover him if he’s out permanently..

    I love how the biggest sissies cry about this crap and then they like to tout themselves as warriors when they’re out at the bars and nightclubs..

    Get over it already, it’s a game, he followed the rules, someone got hurt…

    Big Deal..

  104. 49erstim says: Aug 20, 2013 12:35 PM

    Ok ok…. “what did you expect him to do?” I watch a LOTof football and I’ve PLAYED a lot of football. With playing its all about timing and placement of the hit. Last year I watched Kam Chancellor of Seattle lay out Vernon Davis of San Francisco with a vicious and CLEAN hit. How much bigger is VD than KC? While the effect of the play was VD sitting out with a concussion I’d argue that that is preferable to ending ones career. A well placed and timed hit on Keller would’ve been enough.

  105. 23chameleons says: Aug 20, 2013 12:42 PM

    I wish he would hav

  106. kishoph says: Aug 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    He went low because Keller out weighs him by almost 50 pounds and he’s not going to bring him down by hitting him high. There’s no rookie that’s never played a real down in the NFL thinking about getting that flag, he’s worried about making a tackle. Legal or not, can’t say, but don’t try and BS people by saying you were worried about getting flagged for hitting him high.

  107. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:01 PM

    49erstim says:
    Aug 20, 2013 12:35 PM
    Ok ok…. “what did you expect him to do?” I watch a LOTof football and I’ve PLAYED a lot of football. With playing its all about timing and placement of the hit. Last year I watched Kam Chancellor of Seattle lay out Vernon Davis of San Francisco with a vicious and CLEAN hit. How much bigger is VD than KC? While the effect of the play was VD sitting out with a concussion I’d argue that that is preferable to ending ones career. A well placed and timed hit on Keller would’ve been enough.
    ———————————————
    Anytime someone includes “I watch a lot of football and I’ve played a lot of football”, it instantly discredits anything they say after that.

  108. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Aug 20, 2013 1:06 PM

    Enough already with the interpretations of the hit & the subjective reasoning behind it!

    I’m either half serious or half kidding here but it looks like the NFL is going to need to make uniforms & helmets with Big Red L.E.D. Flashing Zones printed on them where its clear as day where a player can be hit hence what is legal or not so there is no interpretation when a penalty will be called or not.

  109. channer81 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    NFL countdown made a great point that the lawsuit from former players families who suffered concussions is the reason now we might see as more low blows in the future. A few years ago, we all saw Swearengers hit as dirty, now for some reason its acceptable. The NFL might have learn the hard way when a divisional playoff game this year, hypothetically, between the Giants and 49ers, features Scott Tolzien vs David Carr.

    To steal from Tom Jackson– Ask Keller what injury he would prefer, a week to week treatment for a concussion injury or a year rehab and your career in question with an ACL injury?

    Would a player prefer to have a few headaches and some speech/memory problems 20 years after the end of their career, or be forced to work a 9-5 in what should have been the prime of his playing career?

  110. demjoneses says: Aug 20, 2013 1:23 PM

    So the defender can’t go high due to fines correct?
    If he goes to the middle and the ball carrier lowers his shoulders and there is helmet to helmet contact the defender can still be fined correct?
    CB and Safties are taught from a young age to tackle the TE/FB low correct?

    With these things (and more) being drilled into todays football player’s heads how can anyone come to the conclusion this guy aimed for the knee? He went low the way the NFL want it and the way he’s been taught since he became a DB.

    What is sad is players have to think now when playing football instead doing what comes natural. We’ll see more missed tackles and more broken tackles because players are considering how to tackle a ball carrier instead of just making a tackle. Remember they can’t go high (due to fines), it’s risky going to the middle (due to fines) and they can’t go low (due to player’s code).

    So to those who have an issue with what he did or thought before he went for the tackle, how are players supposed to tackle in todays league?

    And to that coach who teaches his kids head up and wrap up, I’m sure you’re also telling them to go low on the TE/FB in the open field. But I’m sure you’ll say you don’t.

  111. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:28 PM

    channer81 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 1:22 PM
    NFL countdown made a great point that the lawsuit from former players families who suffered concussions is the reason now we might see as more low blows in the future. A few years ago, we all saw Swearengers hit as dirty, now for some reason its acceptable. The NFL might have learn the hard way when a divisional playoff game this year, hypothetically, between the Giants and 49ers, features Scott Tolzien vs David Carr.
    —————————————–
    Just an FYI – a few years ago we would all see Swearinger’s hit as acceptable because all defensive backs tackle like that. The only reason this one is being questioned is because it resulted in a player being injured. This type of play happens ALL the time, but in today’s microscopic media coverage it’s getting over-analyzed.

  112. biggie900 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:36 PM

    Yes the tackle was perfectly legal. But the moment I saw the play I said to myself that injury could have been avoided if Swearinger would of used proper tackiling technique. Head up, aim for mid-section, wrap arms, drive through the player. Im 44 yrs old and palyed football through highschool as a DB. To this day I can tackle better than 90% of the DBs in the league today. We never threw our bodies at the ball carrier. It was always form tackling. It was wrap the waist then slide down the legs. I say look at the video again of the play Swearinger recognized the paly in time to square himself with his head up to aim at Keller’s waist.

  113. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 1:41 PM

    biggie900 says:
    Aug 20, 2013 1:36 PM
    Yes the tackle was perfectly legal. But the moment I saw the play I said to myself that injury could have been avoided if Swearinger would of used proper tackiling technique. Head up, aim for mid-section, wrap arms, drive through the player. Im 44 yrs old and palyed football through highschool as a DB. To this day I can tackle better than 90% of the DBs in the league today. We never threw our bodies at the ball carrier. It was always form tackling. It was wrap the waist then slide down the legs. I say look at the video again of the play Swearinger recognized the paly in time to square himself with his head up to aim at Keller’s waist.
    —————————————–
    And Keller would have carried him downfield for an additional 20-30 yards.

    I’m 44 also, and even if you played back then, the TE’s and players nowadays are a lot bigger and stronger than even then. No chance a defensive back can form tackle a TE in the NFL one on one and bring him down alone even a majority of the time.

  114. bizzmoneyb says: Aug 20, 2013 1:50 PM

    all of this high and low crap is nonsense. hit the player at the waist and wrap up his legs. thats how my dad taught me. dont hit helmet to helmet, and dont go at a guys knees. is that so hard?!!!

  115. beachsidejames says: Aug 20, 2013 1:56 PM

    When shaub gets the same treatment don’t be surprised.

  116. bradygoat says: Aug 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    It’s aaaaaaalllll about lawyers, which is the sad truth of the matter. What is Goodell supposed to do? He can’t keep allowing players to get concussed because years down the road they and their families will come after the league for $$$ when they have mental issues from too many hits. Then the players who can’t walk will come after the league because their legs weren’t protected. Playing in the NFL carries and inherent risk of very serious bodily injury every week, which is why these guys try to get as much $$ in as short a time span as they can. They know the risk they’re taking, and I’m all for protecting them…..but it’s not protecting them because the NFL cares about their well being – they’re a business and don’t want to get taken through the wringer with lawsuits. It’s killing the game, but what can you do? Per some others, I guess just learn to wrap up (which will prob. make many lose interest in the game).

  117. htown1035 says: Aug 20, 2013 2:08 PM

    beachsidejames says:
    Aug 20, 2013 1:56 PM
    When shaub gets the same treatment don’t be surprised.
    ——————————————
    He did.

    See: Albert Haynesworth

  118. tigerphins says: Aug 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    Swearinger is a turd with a terrible attitude. He was flagged & warned repeatedly in college b/c of a reckless careless play style that led to helmet to helmet hits and targeting hits. His hits weren’t an accident or circumstantial. No one forced him to play that way, and no one forced him to NOT to learn how to tackle properly w/o aiming for the head. Now instead of changing his reckless style of play he’s merely redirecting his hits low instead of high. The guy is clueless and should be banned from football for his utter lack of concern for safety.

  119. tigerphins says: Aug 20, 2013 3:55 PM

    Mindset of current NFL defenders: “I’m too lazy to learn how to tackle properly and too much of a baby to deal with the consequences of it [IE: getting run over], so I’m gonna take the easy way out by recklessly and carelessly target high & low, even when the situation clearly doesn’t dictate a need for it [like the Swearinger hit].

    There’s simply no excuse for this type of reckless play. If you can’t play the game without targeting heads & knees then GTHO of the game and leave the tackling for the big boys. Just b/c a guy might be bigger and harder to tackle that doesn’t mean you as the defender should be entitled to any means necessary to bring him down. That’s like saying Calvin Johnson is too difficult to cover so I should be able to hold him throughout his route. If you can’t cover CJ then you suffer the consequences, period. Likewise, if you can’t properly tackle an Adrian Peterson on your own or at least wrap up and wait for help [like the NFL used to be about] then you deserve to get trucked, period. That’s part of what makes the game so enjoyable- watching great players showing off their greatness, not watching inferior defenders cheaply neutralizing that greatness by targeting heads and knees.

  120. bighurt228 says: Aug 20, 2013 4:43 PM

    These players make millions and millions of dollars, because they are blessed with talent. They play a game with millions of followers. They are afforded a lavish lifestyle with a big house on the lake. The best women, cars, toys, and food. For all this they put their bodies at risk. That’s why the ticket prices are soooo high. They understand the dangers of playing a violent sport and accept the risk. Legal, illegal, with intent or not, violent split second hits happen almost every play at every game. These guys do earn their money.

  121. kivelie says: Aug 20, 2013 4:57 PM

    Enforce rapping a player up to tackle. No need for a blow like that when he should’ve been rapped up.

  122. kivelie says: Aug 20, 2013 5:05 PM

    The hit wasn’t necessary. He should’ve been rapped up, rather than hit.

  123. hdahs143 says: Aug 20, 2013 6:53 PM

    billhicks666 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’m glad that people think the Texans are a cheap shot team, even though they’re not. It means that the Texans are inside the opposing players’ heads, and the opposing players are concentrating more on a potential “cheap shot” than just playing the game.

    All fans and opposing players who are whining that the Texans are a “cheap shot” team need to grow a pair.
    ====================================
    Hey tough guy. I have two words for you.

    Antonio Smith.

    Enjoy the irony.

  124. tbardwil says: Aug 20, 2013 7:25 PM

    Swearinger was just trying to do his job. He was hitting too high last week and was doing as he was told. Anyone who believes that the Texans are dirty should know that the teams owner would never allow such behavior. Not to mention Swearinger has also shown that he was sorry for the hit. Injuries are part of the job description in the NFL and anyone that thinks different should probably save themselves the embarrassment and keep their mouths shut and fingers off the keys or screen.

  125. hess97 says: Aug 20, 2013 11:12 PM

    its the same “crap” hit that seattle linebacker did on manningham. i don’t believe there should be a strike zone, but definitely would like to see the knee treated like a helmet to helmet hit on a defenseless player.

  126. bgm9876 says: Aug 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    I would to..

  127. keithkaos says: Aug 21, 2013 11:24 AM

    Swearinger got burnt the previous week against the vikings on a similar open field tackle by going to high and failing to tackle his man and it resulted in a touchdown. In fact if you look up his write ups for the draft one of his down sides is that he often tackles to high. I’m sure he was told all during camp to tackle lower then all week in practice. This was not an intentional cheap shot. This is a rookie trying to make a good open field tackle and follow his coaches advice unfortunately keller got seriously hurt. Swearinger looked very apologetic on the field after he realized how injured keller was.While there is no room for tolerance of cheap shots in football this was not one It’s just a case of football being a violent game and sometimes folks get hurt. Hopefully keller does good with surgery and comes back to have a great 2014 season.

  128. imthejuggernaut says: Aug 22, 2013 10:26 AM

    Lost in all this talk is the fact that Miami left it’s starting offense out there deep into the 2nd quarter when Houston already had their 2nd team Defense in. At that point, you’re playing with fire because your offensive is going against fringe starters that are trying to do anything they can to make the team, or get into the starting lineup. Just stupid, and a completely unnecessary risk.

  129. tarniman says: Aug 22, 2013 8:50 PM

    For everybody saying this is a clean hit….I bet Kubiak would’t allow Swearinger to make that “clean hit” during practice on any of his TEs or recievers….I wonder why….cause its dirty and probably result in injuries

  130. tarniman says: Aug 22, 2013 9:59 PM

    The play was ruled an incomplete pass because Keller got hit immediately directly in his knee after catching it and dropped the ball. He was a defenseless player in that situation. Nobody would like to be hit like that…..Swearinger could have very easily taken him down with a mid section hit in that type of situation. Yes keller is 40 pounds heavier but keller was standing still straight up…Swearinger is 208lbs coming with lots of momentum behind him so the force of impact would have been more like 400 lbs. The fact that keller is 40 lbs heavier wouldn’t had mattered in this situation because keller didn’t even have time to embrace himself for the hit

  131. htown1035 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    tarniman says:
    Aug 22, 2013 9:59 PM
    The play was ruled an incomplete pass because Keller got hit immediately directly in his knee after catching it and dropped the ball. He was a defenseless player in that situation. Nobody would like to be hit like that…..Swearinger could have very easily taken him down with a mid section hit in that type of situation. Yes keller is 40 pounds heavier but keller was standing still straight up…Swearinger is 208lbs coming with lots of momentum behind him so the force of impact would have been more like 400 lbs. The fact that keller is 40 lbs heavier wouldn’t had mattered in this situation because keller didn’t even have time to embrace himself for the hit
    ———————————————
    False, and I’ll explain why.

    Swearinger sees the ball is going to Keller. He’s already made the decision to go low because of Keller’s size and the fact that the week before he went high on a bigger player and got bounced off and it resulted in a TD. So he’s already committed to the low tackle. There’s no way in the millisecond that he arrives at Keller and Keller is turning with the ball to change what he’s going to do. It’s virtually impossible for a player running full speed to see that Keller is still standing straight up or is in the process of turning upfield and change the way they’re going to try to bring him down.

  132. htown1035 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:31 AM

    tarniman says:
    Aug 22, 2013 8:50 PM
    For everybody saying this is a clean hit….I bet Kubiak would’t allow Swearinger to make that “clean hit” during practice on any of his TEs or recievers….I wonder why….cause its dirty and probably result in injuries
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    Kubiak doesn’t allow tackling in practice. Period.

  133. saadasme says: Aug 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker what you are saying is wrong. We know that in any profession there is the risk of injury, but like the NFL, we (public) also have rules that protect us (OSHA). Our employer can’t just make us sign a contract prior to us being hired, stating that we waive all our rights under the law. I know that you have not signed that contract nor should you be forced to.

  134. tarniman says: Aug 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    tarniman says:
    Aug 22, 2013 8:50 PM
    For everybody saying this is a clean hit….I bet Kubiak would’t allow Swearinger to make that “clean hit” during practice on any of his TEs or recievers….I wonder why….cause its dirty and probably result in injuries
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    Kubiak doesn’t allow tackling in practice. Period.

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    You just proved my point. and I don’t blame him with dirty tackling players like Swearinger roaming aroud

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