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NFL head official: Competition Committee will review hit on Keller

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The low hit that ended Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller’s season has drawn a great deal of scrutiny. And it will be scrutinized by the NFL’s Competition Committee as well.

But while NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network that the Competition Committee will review the hit in its ongoing effort to look for ways to make the game safer, Blandino made clear that Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger did not break any rules when he hit Keller’s knee.

“It is a legal hit,” Blandino said. “It’s an unfortunate result, something that the Competition Committee will continue to look at, as we do all injuries during the season. But it is a legal hit.”

So why is it a legal hit? Blandino said that Keller was a defenseless player on the play in question, but defenseless players are protected only from hits to the head or neck, and from hits with the top of the opponent’s helmet. Defenseless players are not protected from shots to the knees.

“Keller is considered a defenseless player — he’s a receiver attempting to catch the pass,” Blandino said. “And he’s protected in two ways. He’s protected from hits to the head or neck area, and he’s protected from hits to the body with the crown or forehead/hairline parts of the helmet. So those rules do not prohibit low contact.”

The Competition Committee may look to add rules prohibiting low contact, but any new rules protecting players’ knees will come too late for Keller.

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  1. billsgiantsfan says: Aug 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    The Competition Committee and all these rules are destroying football.

  2. mtexang says: Aug 22, 2013 10:14 AM

    The end is near.

    I’m sorry defenders must wait for the receiver to be 5 yards past the catch point before you initiate contact. Contact now must only be with 2 hands below the waist but above the thigh. Any contact other than this will result in a 2 game suspension and a $50,000 fine.

  3. testappleid20 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:17 AM

    No more rules.

  4. fafaflunky says: Aug 22, 2013 10:17 AM

    when theismann broke his leg
    there was no mention of player
    saftey..when byrd fractured his neck
    again no concern..why now?
    totally legal hit, but a total cheap
    shot..

  5. skoobyfl says: Aug 22, 2013 10:17 AM

    A player’s greed on a long-term deal can haunt them sometimes, still like the agents advice ?? Byrd, have you been listening ?

  6. yankeemofo says: Aug 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    Yay! More legislation incoming!

  7. FinFan68 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    It was a bad ending but I don’t think there was malice in that hit. He may have thought about it and went low instead of high but I do not believe he went after the knee with an intent to injure Keller. Swearinger seemed upset after the play.

    The main issue is that too many players have no idea how to make a proper and safe tackle. The big hits get them on the hilight reels. Many DBs actually tackle with their backs. They launch their bodies and turn their back to the impact in an attempt to knock the ball carrier off balance. What happened to aiming for the waist, wrapping up and driving through the hit to get the runner down?

  8. onlythebest36 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:18 AM

    I’m sure Dustin feels so much better now that they are investigating it. Ridiculous.

  9. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 10:19 AM

    At some point you have to chalk it up to “that’s football”. Guys get hurt. You try to avoid someone getting a concussion, they blow out a knee. Try to protect against shots to the knee, someone’s gonna crack a rib.

    ***NEWS FLASH***

    Football is a dangerous sport.

  10. brutus9448 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:19 AM

    they should ask gonzales on what he thinks of the hit.

  11. tundratommy says: Aug 22, 2013 10:20 AM

    If the NFL truly wants the game to be safer, they will implement a real anti-doping policy. No HGHs or PEDs – they are fast and big enough as it is.

  12. hehateme2 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM

    Stupid rule that need to be corrected. There should be NO WAY players can just knife at the knees of a “defenseless player.”

    Sadly, it’s too late for Kellar. He may never play again due to this stupid rookie mistake. Too many of these poorly coached rookies are looking to make a name for themselves at the expense of others careers.

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 22, 2013 10:21 AM

    Ryan Clark and James Harrison have been predicting this for years but everyone brushed it off as them being dirty for refusing to take out knees. Now everyone wants to act like its a big deal?

  14. jsavage58 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:24 AM

    I hate football a little more every day

  15. mogogo1 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:24 AM

    I encourage anybody who hasn’t seen it to watch the video of the injury. There’s absolutely nothing to review. Standard pass pay play where the defender comes up to make the tackle. The hit wasn’t early, no pass interference, nothing. It’s a d-back tackling a big TE on a low pass–of course he was going to tackle low. If they tried to adjust the rules to make that illegal, the game as it is currently known ends immediately.

  16. jlevija says: Aug 22, 2013 10:25 AM

    how about the fine that was given to Bostic, that was a clean hit, if he was up any higher it would have been helmet to helmet. the nfl needs to get a grip on what they want before they start losing more fans

  17. flexx91 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:26 AM

    Legal hit or not, if you have played this game, you should know that a hit to the knee especially when the foot is planted almost always results in injury. This guy may never fully recover from this injury.

  18. godofwine330 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    This is clearly only looking ouot for lawsuits. Either a player is defenseless or he isn’t. He isn’t defenseless but you can’t hit him here, or here. It’s like being unarmed, either you are or you aren’t. This is the joke about the rule. Stop being only concerned about lawsuits and claiming it is player safety. It’s a lie. With this lie we all see it for what it is just as the emperor’s new suit.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    While I have said that I have changed my tune in my opinion that it was a completely clean hit. I do think that Swearinger shouldn’t be aiming at knees.

    That said. You start fining for any hit not between the thighs and shoulders….
    #1 charities are going to be overjoyed with all the extra money from player fines coming in
    #2 expect a lot of 49-42 games
    #3 expect the popularity of the NFL to decline

    The NFL is untouchable right now and thats why they think they can change the game and no one will care, but baseball used to be untouchable and look at it now. Basketball was huge in the 90’s and its popularity waned. Soccer is making a huge push in the country and if the NFL becomes flag football or 7 0n 7 style, they’ll get passed up.

  20. raiderufan says: Aug 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    Pretty much if you can’t change the total direction of your body, form and hit a target between the belly button and nipples, avoid any head contact after the runner uses head to defend self and slow down so it doesn’t look violent all in a literal split second it will be a penalty.

    How long until eye contact is required so the defender can make sure the runner is aware and ready to be tackled?

  21. kennyx says: Aug 22, 2013 10:36 AM

    “The Competition Committee and all these rules are destroying football.”

    Nope… greedy retired players who cant play the game anymore and who are suing the league are destroying football.

  22. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    Get a good look at your new lawsuits in ten years goodell, you dope. Listen to Gonzalez. He’s in better shape than you could ever hope to be in.

  23. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 22, 2013 10:39 AM

    Can’t hit them high, can’t hit them low, can’t hit them while The catch, can’t hit them while they throw. So me.goodell where and when can we hit them so we know? The defense needs to chant that outside of The competition committees office. If this rule is implemented The NFL will be ruined. all fans of defensive football will leave along with old school fans and The boringly high scoring games will turn off fans. Defense just can’t work in The modern NFL and this leagues slow death is sad to watch

  24. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 10:42 AM

    kennyx says:
    Aug 22, 2013 10:36 AM
    “The Competition Committee and all these rules are destroying football.”

    Nope… greedy retired players who cant play the game anymore and who are suing the league are destroying football.
    —–
    Double nope. Blame your legislature. They can pass laws to immunize the nfl in two seconds. But, if they do so, the nfl will lose its antitrust exemption and the legislature won’t receive their kickbacks. See how this country works? Don’t blame the former player for taking action they are lawfully allowed to take.

  25. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    @giantfanlewis – I was hoping your whole post would follow the green eggs and ham theme. Good one

  26. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    National Flag Football League coming to a stadium near you.

  27. galvestontexans says: Aug 22, 2013 10:48 AM

    Just put flags on already

  28. pillowporkers says: Aug 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    The NFL is so backwards! Hardly do the teams practice tackling anymore due to NFL restrictions, and then you have plays like this that are clearly poor tackling. Dustin Keller had no chance on that play. I don’t know if it was malicious or not, but any player in the NFL is going to shred their knee on that type of hit. He’s catching the ball and putting his feet down, before he knows it a 200 lb DB is going straight through his knee because he launched. Watch good tackling DBs like Antoine Winfield, Darrelle Revis, and Champ Bailey. This wouldn’t have happened if one of them was coming up for the tackle. They know how to wrap up low and drive through a guy, not launching yourself through the air like a human missile straight at someone’s knee. This is the same type of injury that got Tom Brady hurt and Daunte Culpepper hurt. Ruined the latter’s career.

  29. kennyx says: Aug 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    Aug 22, 2013 10:42 AM
    kennyx says:
    Aug 22, 2013 10:36 AM
    “The Competition Committee and all these rules are destroying football.”

    Nope… greedy retired players who cant play the game anymore and who are suing the league are destroying football.
    —–
    Double nope. Blame your legislature. They can pass laws to immunize the nfl in two seconds. But, if they do so, the nfl will lose its antitrust exemption and the legislature won’t receive their kickbacks. See how this country works? Don’t blame the former player for taking action they are lawfully allowed to take.

    —–

    I dont know… I still blame the player. Just because you’re ‘legally’ allowed to sue, doesnt make it right.

    They got paid to play a game and take the risks. No one’s stopping them from bagging groceries instead.

  30. kenstabler says: Aug 22, 2013 10:54 AM

    Wait!!! why is the competition committee sticking it’s nose into safety issues. This is weird. Just another area for these BOZO’S to screw up the game.

  31. Patriot42 says: Aug 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    The NFL is “not for long” in this world if they use the politically correct approach as we seem to be into lately. Everyone has a answer to problems that go way overboard in the correction aspect. We are trying to take what was normal play of boys on the playground and heaven help if a boy plays cowboys and indians. We might need to purge these people that want to destroy games we all love.

  32. jimbobobjr says: Aug 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    And this, my friends, is what happens when a lawyer is put in charge of the NFL (no offense, Mr. Florio).

  33. mksnpcola says: Aug 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. It’s that way in every aspect of our lives people.

  34. friendofinnocence says: Aug 22, 2013 11:00 AM

    If the refs would just quit calling a penalty on incidental helmet to helmet contact during a tackle, these knee shots would occur with much less frequency.

  35. Waffle 2.0 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:02 AM

    It would be pure comedy if they instituted a new rule about LOW hits on a WR.

    Does anyone else feel like we’re all on an episode of Punk’d or reading an Onion article?

    Gotta love Lawyers/Lawsuits and money mismanagement.

  36. cwwgk says: Aug 22, 2013 11:04 AM

    Why is this even a story? The NFL reviews injuries every year and has been doing so for quite some time. This particular review would still have occurred years ago. It’s nothing new.

    No business model is perfect, including the NFL. But like it or hate it, the league is one of the best run enterprises on the planet. Yet, so many are convinced the owners are ruining the game. Despite the decades long growth in popularity and revenue.

    Businesses that don’t adapt and change with the times become extinct. The NFL has been masterful at adapting and it’s one of the primary reasons it is has reached its level of dominance.

    A fact obviously lost on the pundits and posters who so easily criticize how the NFL is operated. Particularly on this site.

  37. skleech22 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:04 AM

    This all snowballed when they made special rules for the ultimate creampuff Tom Brady whn he injured hs knee. Now you can’t touch him or he’ll cry and the flags com aflying!!

  38. Waffle 2.0 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:09 AM

    I guarantee you that the competition committee has started thinking about the following ridiculous changes to reduce the appearance of vicious hits:

    1. banning zone defense
    2. banning crossing routes within a couple yards of the tackle box
    3. banning hits until the WR has made a football move upfield
    4. banning a player from leaving their feet during a tackle (if that’s even possible)
    5. making the field dimensions more like Canadian Football
    6. banning all kickoffs and punt returns

    I sincerely wish that we could use technology to our advantage as fans and completely boycott the league for just 1 week to send a several hundred million dollar message to the league to stop ruining the game.

  39. xinellum says: Aug 22, 2013 11:10 AM

    Why review it. It was a legal hit. Now every time someone gets hurt we have to change the rules. It’s bad enough we can’t hit qb’s anymore, now receivers are off limits. Old stats mean nothing now because everyone will break old records because it is a sissy league, my grandmother could play in the NFL now and not get hurt. Football is a joke anymore. Every time some little girl receiver gets hurt we hear every receiver act like a Girl Scout troop. Actually, that may suit them better. How about some thin mints, Hartline and Gonzalez, or better yet how about a tissue, crybabies.

  40. bluenose1965 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:22 AM

    So now every receiver is “defenseless”, what a joke. It’s was an unfortunate result, but it’s how DB’s tackle TE’s. It’s been that way for years. They’re generally outweighed by 50 pounds, how else are they going to tackle?

    Watch for it this weekend, DB’s tackle low. It’ll happen 100 times and nobody will think twice, until someone is hurt.

  41. kevpft says: Aug 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    The problem is that the players are wimps these days, and can’t tackle properly. They’re so afraid of messing up, of not sizing up, that they take the shortcut, which is basically tripping someone.

    All you guys talking about the game being made wimpy – the coaches and players are the ones doing that. They can’t handle the test of man against man, strength against strength. They take the easy way. The defender had a perfect read on Keller, he could have wrapped him up and taken him down easily with his momentum.

    So many people seem to equate “toughness” with cheap shots. I equate toughness with NO cheap shots. If you can’t tackle the man, you deserve to get beaten.

  42. holl9408 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    Ok I got it! Here’s the new rule: after a player catches a ball he must then stop, turn around and count to 10 mississippi before he can resume forward progress and he must not be touched until he reaches the full 10 mississippi count.

  43. armoderate says: Aug 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    There’s only one solution for protecting these high priced athletes… surrogate players. Sort of like stunt doubles that are expendable.

  44. stevejjones says: Aug 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    I think the league should have a 3 strike policy. It would work like this. Keep all the old school rules on hits. Keep it football. A violent contact sport. Every active player signs a waiver. They know what they are getting into. Then each time you get a concussion OR you inflict a concussion you get a strike. The 3rd strike and you are out of the league. I guess you’d need some kind of system to make sure teams weren’t using 7th rounders as goons to kill the other team’s best player, but other than that, I think that would deal with safety, liability, and tackling technique.

  45. coachbeck says: Aug 22, 2013 11:34 AM

    They need to remove the stupid head hit rules. It’s football. You know the risks when you sign up.

    Let the players police themselves. Most players would not hit low unless they were dirty. Now the nfl forces them.

  46. bleedburgandyandgold says: Aug 22, 2013 11:39 AM

    I agree there’s getting to be to many rules after saying that though how hard is it to hit a guy in between the neck and thigh area that’s a big area to hit these guys not tackling right is getting ridiculous

  47. richiebburg says: Aug 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    Just imagine if the new knee pad rule wasn’t in place and Dustin Keller wasn’t wearing knee pads… lol.

  48. fmc651 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    DB’s like to act all tough, most are like yapping poodles. Their big shots are delivered at a unsuspecting player. There is no way this db had to go that low. He had his back to you and was just starting his turn up field. Hit him at the waist and there is no injury. The NFL needs to do more work.

  49. dolphinatic13 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:46 AM

    So the new “hit zone” is above the knee’s and from the neck down. Everything else is fair game. Being a Miami fan I was as disappointed as anyone by the hit on Keller but where does this end? Trying to tweak the rules to ensure player safety has never prevented these type of injuries. it’s funny that a players head is his most protected body part, but that’s off limits. I’d take a 2-3 week concussion over a career ending knee injury any day…

  50. sprint16right87option says: Aug 22, 2013 11:49 AM

    Instead of passing a bunch of rules saying where the D can hit, I think they should require defenders to play the ball. They should probably be targeting shots where the ball is and trying to knock it loose anyway. I think this would be the best of both worlds. Defenders could stay aggressive and focus on where they want to hit instead of worrying about where they can’t. Offense would be protected at the knees and reasonably protected above the head (I think D should be able to target a ball that is up high when they get there, meaning there could be shots that hit the head, but the shots should be aimed at the ball, not the head). Fans could still see big hits.

  51. westof1club says: Aug 22, 2013 11:51 AM

    Players can’t sue the league in 20 years for blown out knees. They can for head injuries. This is all Goodell, the lawyer, is concerned with, so no changes are forthcoming.

  52. igotgamenj says: Aug 22, 2013 11:52 AM

    Never mind the flags…how bout 2 hand touch Football was so much better in the 70’s 80’s

  53. laxcoach37 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    A diehard Dolphins Fan opinion: it was very unfortunate, but it was a legitimate play. No malice intended. Case Closed. Swearinger will be a great player in this league and he was just trying to have a good audition for his new employer. Good Luck to Dustin Keller in Rehab. I hope you can make it back and continue a successful NFL career. Look on the bright side… At least you are no longer a NY Jet ;)

  54. stevejjones says: Aug 22, 2013 11:56 AM

    Goodell, “No no Johnny, Billy made it safely over to mom. Mom is automatic safe zone.”

  55. jessieboom says: Aug 22, 2013 11:58 AM

    He lowered his helmet into his knee

  56. vgferenzi says: Aug 22, 2013 12:00 PM

    Lead with the helmet, definitely worse than Bostic.

  57. hudman10 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    Ok, so not one of you posted that in this article it clearly states that it would have been illegal if he hit Keller with the crown of his helmet…..uhhh that’s what he did…..so according to the article it was an illegal hit!?!?!?

  58. granadafan says: Aug 22, 2013 12:05 PM

    Goodell answers to the lawyers now in their fear liability and concussions lawsuits. At the behest of the lawyers, he’s been forced to enact absurd rules so th league can show they’re “doing something” to protect players from their natural instinct and what they’ve been trained to do their entire playing career. Money talks (lawsuits) and now Goodell and the lawyers have created these rules now and destroyed football as we know it.

  59. justintuckrule says: Aug 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    There’s no such thing as “defenseless” and that’s the problem. A wr has every right to assess the situation before laying out. If the league got rid of the penalty, the wr wouldn’t be fearless anymore. Passing is supposed to be difficult.

  60. ishudbgm says: Aug 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Keller is 6’2…rather short for a TE but still tall in terms of height…Swearinger must have bad aim to not be able to aim between the thighs and shoulder pads of a 6’2 guy such as Keller? Im just saying…Swearinger had time to size up Keller on the hit and still went super low. Keep in mind he is a rookie and only has a few weeks playing in the NFL under his belt…he showed he was a rookie making a hit like that. Another way to look at it…imagine if he was in practice and did that to Andre Johnson…kubiak would probably cut him by lunch time. Swearinger has to feel like scum right now.

  61. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 22, 2013 12:33 PM

    In a stunning developement. Goodell has issued a statement…” The strike zone has been reduced to the area below your chest nipple and above your belly button, but only after the receiver has caught the ball, taken 2 steps faced you and given you verbal permission to strike him.”

  62. baddegg says: Aug 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Next up!

    Player gets hit in the midsection and breaks ribs.

    NFL passes rule that not only can you not hit high and low, you can also not hit in the middle.

    You can try to gingerly push the receiver out of bounds but if he falls down, it will be a $10,000 fine.

  63. newjerseygiants says: Aug 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    Without all those ridiculous helmet rules, Keller would most likely be playing today.

  64. seauxwhut67 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    No headhunting and no low tackles. All tackles should now be slightly above the waist line – but not too high or too low.

  65. mp4pack says: Aug 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    I learned how to tackle in high school 15 years ago. Put a shoulder pad on the midsection, wrap up around the upper legs. Tackle made, no one gets hurt. The NFL brought hits and injuries like this one on itself with the ridiculous way it enforces the helmet-to-helmet rule. Not saying there shouldn’t be such a rule, but when you flag and fine guys for incidental, non-intentional contact with the helmet on a routine plays, diving at the knees is what you’re going to get.

  66. ajsjr40 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    The problem in the NFL is that defensive players no longer ‘form’ tackle with a shoulder hit and wrap. Every blow is a knockout blow that while exciting also puts offensive players at extreme risk of injury. Leading with the helmet was called ‘spearing’ and penalized for many years and that call left the game as well.

  67. gridassassin says: Aug 22, 2013 12:44 PM

    I hope these players start wearing cups, as it’s about the only place you can hit a ball carrier now.

  68. miamimike1 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:53 PM

    JUST GIVE EVERYONE FLAGS AND MAKE IT THE ( THE NEW FLAG LEAUGE) At this point the NFL will be just like flag football based on how you will get to hit a offensive player. No upper shoulder to head soon no knees down. Then all you have left is groin shots which will also be illegal. What the hell is left lol

  69. q1ller says: Aug 22, 2013 1:12 PM

    Wake up people!!!

    Why do you think we have these rules now? It’s because every retired player out there who has probably blown his fortune is looking to make a quick buck by joining the lawsuit against the league.

  70. cavemanna says: Aug 22, 2013 1:13 PM

    I still don’t think u need to launch your helmet to kneecap. Didn’t the helmet hit first and take most of the contact. It’s helmet leading that’s the problem.

  71. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 22, 2013 1:23 PM

    this is the most ridiculous bit of nonsense that i have ever heard.

    “Wel,, he is following the rules that we enacted through thorough player fines and suspensions… But he may have followed our new rules too well… we ill investigate.”

  72. aa1829 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    All the above notwithstanding, what I get most angry about is when a guy gets completely laid out with a devastating but legal hit, and a flag is thrown only because it was so devastating, especially if it was a QB. I have turned off the TV after stuff like that.

  73. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:34 PM

    You must run up to the ball carrier and politely ask him to fall to the turf. If they don’t you tell their Mom.

  74. sillec28 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    So should the NFL go to one-handed touch or two-handed? Two handed helps the offense, one-handed helps the defense. Offense tends to be more exciting than defense so I say two-handed is the way to go.

  75. toolkien says: Aug 22, 2013 2:12 PM

    Robots? CGI? Return to gladiators culled from condemned men?

  76. rasta028 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:28 PM

    My God….just play flag football already

  77. fishyinalittledishy says: Aug 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    The hit was an act of cowardice, anybody using that technique has no balls, pathetic excuse given for the hit. Football we all know is rough and that hit at this point is legal but we all know it was wrong. The legs are not protected so when a defender leaves the ground to lunge at a players knees what else is he hoping to achieve. I wonder if behind closed doors the vet offensive boys will have a word.

  78. jskill3 says: Aug 22, 2013 2:48 PM

    How about expecting the starting QB to not throw a short pass to a wide open guy that turns his team mate away from the defender, twisting and jumping awkwardly – in preseason? How about no meaningless preseason games? How about special rules for preseason like referee can call flagrant hits on anyone – and it might mean suspension from reg season games? (But you still have to play preseason like everyone else and take your chances that no one retaliates with a legal hit?)

    Let the rule committee jack with preseason and make it safer. No one should be exposed to football violence when it doesnt count anyway. Experiment there.

  79. standintexas says: Aug 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Whine, Whine, Whine. It doesn’t matter which side you come down on, It’s all whining. Football is a rough game always has been and always “should” be. My God, we are paying these guys millions to take the risk and they gladly accept that money. If they don’t won’t the risk, then don’t sign up. There are thousands of guys standing in line, who given the chance, would play the game for free.

    I have 2 ideas to make the game safer.

    1. Ban all defense. This way, no illegal hits to anybody.
    2. Make the party responsible for the injury then responsible for paying the injured parties salary and bills.

    And just to prove my point, I am going to give myself the first thumbs down.

  80. seansds3d says: Aug 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    I don’t know about anyone else but even in high school you’re taught to tackle at the waist, wrap up the legs and drive the opponent to the ground… Not throw your body weight into the knees of the opposing player. Yes, Football is dangerous but there are ways to make it safer and still fun to watch and I for one would be all for a new rule on this one. Every time I see a player diving low to try and “tackle” or trip a player without trying to make a proper tackle I cringe. I know that the smaller guys do this because they can’t make a real tackle on the larger guys but it still doesn’t feel right.

  81. ratsfoiledagain says: Aug 22, 2013 4:00 PM

    standintexas says: Aug 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Whine, Whine, Whine. It doesn’t matter which side you come down on, It’s all whining. Football is a rough game always has been and always “should” be. My God, we are paying these guys millions to take the risk and they gladly accept that money. If they don’t won’t the risk, then don’t sign up. There are thousands of guys standing in line, who given the chance, would play the game for free.
    I have 2 ideas to make the game safer.
    1. Ban all defense. This way, no illegal hits to anybody.
    2. Make the party responsible for the injury then responsible for paying the injured parties salary and bills.
    And just to prove my point, I am going to give myself the first thumbs down.

    ———————————
    No way I’d play this game for free.

  82. nflpoker says: Aug 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    This just in:

    “No 2nd string QB can hold a clipboard due to the possibility that they will get a paper cut.”

    – competition committee

  83. banlarson says: Aug 22, 2013 4:03 PM

    Nothing wrong with the hit, it was the same type of tackle DeJon Gomes put on Peterson when his knee was blown out. Part of the game, both were perfect form tackles.

    If anything look into the turf or lessening the grip of cleats that hold the leg in place and don’t give when a hit is made.

  84. bigbamboom1 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    Professional Football just may be a doomed sport. A modern day Gladiator sport that seems to have crested. Not because of popularity or the lack thereof. But because weak kneed lawyers like Roger Goodell is prosecuting all of the competitiveness out of the game. These jokers never played NFL Football. And that includes most people on the competition committee. If they have become so afraid of lawsuits that it paralyzes them, they should just get out of the Football business.

    The competition committee is simply making a mockery out of defense. Here is a novel idea for them. If you want to ban violent collisions and reduce head injuries. Just go back to helmets without face masks and simpler shoulder pads. And there would be no need for lawyers to keep telling professional athletes how to tackle or play the game.

  85. joeyashwi says: Aug 22, 2013 4:19 PM

    I have an idea. Let’s take the most popular game in the country and completely change it so there is no semblance of the game which became so popular. Oh, never mind, The Great Commish already stole my idea. It’s sad that the NBA will soon be more of a contact sport than the NFL.

  86. dannersthemanners says: Aug 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    If I’m a 5’10” corner back and I need to take out a 6’4″ tight end, I’m probably going to go low. I can’t go high anymore.

    Medical restructuring to injuries to knees have made considerably advancements in recent years while head trauma has made little to no progress (Adrian Peterson for example). I’d prefer a knee injury to chronic blows to heads.

    That being said, I believe (I don’t blame the league or anyone and am only stating this as a result of multiple observations) that the league will soon go to a point where you have to wait until the player is no longer “defenseless” before you can hit him. This is unfortunate, but the way they are talking, this seems to be the only end result. Football is a game that will always have injuries, and to try and eliminate all of them is impossible. Safegaurding head trauma is a step in the right direction. Knees: let’s leave those to the orthopedics.

  87. keepounding1234 says: Aug 22, 2013 4:39 PM

    That was an ugly dirty hit. I don’t care if it was legal. He deliberatly hit the knee and Keller was completely vertical.

  88. nflpoker says: Aug 22, 2013 4:44 PM

    AD didn’t call anyone out when he had his knee injury. I have got this horrible feeling that all heck will break loose with fines and flags when the regular season start. If Bostic can be fined for that legal hit of his, then what hits are legal and won’t be fined?

  89. kennyx says: Aug 22, 2013 5:02 PM

    “All the above notwithstanding, what I get most angry about is when a guy gets completely laid out with a devastating but legal hit, and a flag is thrown only because it was so devastating, especially if it was a QB. I have turned off the TV after stuff like that”

    I hope you dont watch Brady too much

  90. dartwick says: Aug 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    We are going to see more and more of these low hits with ugly results.

    The defense has no choice.

    The real problem is that modern football is inherently destructive to the human body – but we have decided its not fun to watch people be destroyed.

  91. standintexas says: Aug 22, 2013 6:00 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    standintexas says: Aug 22, 2013 3:01 PM

    Whine, Whine, Whine. It doesn’t matter which side you come down on, It’s all whining. Football is a rough game always has been and always “should” be. My God, we are paying these guys millions to take the risk and they gladly accept that money. If they don’t won’t the risk, then don’t sign up. There are thousands of guys standing in line, who given the chance, would play the game for free.
    I have 2 ideas to make the game safer.
    1. Ban all defense. This way, no illegal hits to anybody.
    2. Make the party responsible for the injury then responsible for paying the injured parties salary and bills.
    And just to prove my point, I am going to give myself the first thumbs down.

    ———————————
    No way I’d play this game for free.

    ———————————
    That’s why I said thousands and not millions…..

  92. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 22, 2013 6:55 PM

    The only way to make this game safer is to institute a size limit per position. I’m not advocating it, nor do I even for a moment think it would be done. But when you see the size of these offensive guys, and you see that the size of DBs hasn’t really changed that much to keep up with them, you see that they have no chance to take on a ball carrier in the chest or thighs.

    WRs at 6’5″ 235 pounds
    RB’s at 6’2″ 235 pounds
    QB’s at 6’5″ 245 pounds
    Pulling Guards at 6’3 335 pounds
    —————-
    DBs at 5’10” 190 pounds

    What do you think they going to do to survive?

  93. 80wise says: Aug 23, 2013 3:26 AM

    N.F.L. No Fun League.

  94. huduopr8r says: Aug 23, 2013 11:56 AM

    The NFL could stop this at anytime by making one simple rule change. “The defender must make an attempt wrap up the offensive player when engaged in a tackle” Easy and simple. The wrapping up motion can be seen by the refs in real time so flags can be appropriately thrown, and will force players to make proper form tackles which eliminates leading with the head hits. All of these rules changes are the NFL trying to prevent lawsuits from former players that were never forced to play the game. They are being completely hypocritical considering I just got an email from NFL.com asking me to purchase the latest DVD of the NFL’s most bone crushing hits.

  95. happster says: Aug 23, 2013 12:09 PM

    Can’t hit low, can’t hit high, why don’t we just put ‘em all in tu-tus with flags on the side. For christ sakes you give me half his salary and I’ll ship you my leg. They get paid for the risk…stop ruingin the game!

  96. basedrum777 says: Aug 23, 2013 2:27 PM

    If defenders were better at tackling form then there wouldn’t be need to change the rules to stop them from not tackling properly. Leading with helmet and targeting knees are what they’re tryin to eliminate and those hits aren’t good form.

  97. spartacus74 says: Aug 23, 2013 2:32 PM

    I got it all figured out. Every player carries a 20 sided die. Once the QB throws the ball, the intended receiver rolls. If it’s even, it’s a catch, odd it’s a drop. Zeros are interceptions credited to the closest defender.

    If the receiver catches it, he rolls again, as well as a defender.

    If the defender rolls higher than the offensive player it’s a tackle…….etc……

  98. BringBackTheFlex says: Aug 23, 2013 4:04 PM

    “Once the QB throws the ball, the intended receiver rolls. If it’s even, it’s a catch, odd it’s a drop.”

    For Jet QBs you don’t need to get so creative. A coin will do.

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