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Meriweather returns with a bang

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Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has returned from his one-game suspension.  And if the sanction has humbled him, he’s doing a good job of keeping it under wraps.

First, Meriweather responded to Bears receiver Brandon Marshall, who called Meriweather out for the two illegal hits against Chicago that triggered the suspension.

“Listen, everybody’s got their opinion of things, you know,” Meriweather said, via Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  “Everybody’s got their opinion. He feels like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league.  I feel like, people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league too. . . .

“You tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beats up their girlfriend,” Meriweather said. “Everybody’s got their opinion.  That’s mine.  He’s got his.”

Regardless of Meriweather’s opinion regarding his suspension, he says he’ll change his style to conform to the rules.

“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” Meriweather said. “That’s the only way. . . .  I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule.  But I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer. . . .

“To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now.  You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know?  You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now.  You can’t hit them high no more.  You’ve just got to go low.”

We hear that all the time now, and it’s a valid concern.  To an extent.  But when guys like Meriweather talk about hitting a guy low to avoid hitting a guy high, they ignore another target area:  the middle.

What’s wrong with wrapping a guy up at the waistline?  Or hitting him in the chest with something other than the helmet?

When it comes to striking a balance between the written rules against head shots and the unwritten rules against taking out a guy’s legs, the appropriate balance would be to hit him solid between the neck and the knees.

It’s a balance players will have to encourage each other to strike, unless and until political, legal, and/or parental considerations prompt the NFL to give ACLs the same protection as the cranium.

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147 Responses to “Meriweather returns with a bang”
  1. earpaniac says: Oct 28, 2013 12:55 PM

    Idiot.

  2. lmoneyfresh says: Oct 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    There’s a whole lot of real estate between the head and knees. Can’t fix stupid though.

  3. seahawksteven777 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    This guy needs his career ended…by being banned from the league. He just doesn’t get it.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    Wow. Low blow. Stay classy Meriweather.

    He was correct on ending a guys career going low though. Most of these guys live for today so to them they’d rather miss a week or two with a concussion instead of the year, or career, with a blown out knee.

  5. hyprcaffeinated says: Oct 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    Meriweather is a moron. But, he does make a point. Defensive players have to be wondering how to avoid losing money and playing time. In the Giants/Eagles game yesterday, one of the Giants DL held up and tapped the Eagle QB, didn’t knock him down, no helmet contact, and got a roughing the passer penalty. The QB didn’t even take a fake dive to sell it. Ridiculous.

    It’s to the point that all of the “safety” detracts from the game. Balance is needed.

  6. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Oct 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    What a moron.

  7. gochargersgo says: Oct 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    Who would I rather have? The guy who made an effort to reform his life, instead of blaming others for the way their actions.

  8. skins2357 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    As a skins fan, I cant stand this guy….

  9. britishraven says: Oct 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    This guy just doesn’t get it at all

  10. scoops1 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:01 PM

    If there is someone who deserves a Curb Stomp….Its Meriweather

  11. bestbitter says: Oct 28, 2013 1:01 PM

    Hilarious response to Marshall. Valid point on low hits. Dude still needs to shut up. Signed, Redskins fan.

  12. iamedreed says: Oct 28, 2013 1:01 PM

    What’s wrong with wrapping a guy up at the waistline?—– Because the defender is still at fault when the offensive player DUCKS his head into the hit

    the only 100% way to avoid a penalty is to aim low enough where its impossible for the offensive player to lower his head area into the hit- thus diving at the players knees

  13. thepftpoet says: Oct 28, 2013 1:01 PM

    Meriweather needs some serious counseling….

  14. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    Another Belicheck draft pick…

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    “Everybody’s got their opinion. He feels like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like, people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league too. . . .”

    You should ALL be kicked out of the league, all you turds.

    This just in, two wrongs don’t equal one right.

  16. hutch119 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    You know what is the biggest target Brandon. The area between the knee and the head. Try and wrap your arms around that….

  17. thepftpoet says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    Class act player, will go down as the most respected safety in NFL history

    -logicalvoicesays

  18. tinbender2000 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    This clown is way too stupid for NFL football.

  19. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    What is wrong with this dude

  20. throxx says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    Uhhh…receivers that get hit high are usually the ones that are catching the ball above their waist (blame that on the qb??). Coaches in football teach you to keep your eyes on the ball and make plays on the ball. They don’t teach you to make sure you hit them in the belt buckle. This is getting ridiculous.

  21. maurysline says: Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    This guy has zero remorse. It is like listening to a 13 year old who was just disciplined, did not like it, and now will just do it again to prove the point he feels he was wronged. No way he changes and he just proved it should have not been reduced from two games to one.

  22. meatsweat says: Oct 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    Hey Steelersaregodsteam…how are the Steeler picks working out for you lately?

  23. thedownwardspiral says: Oct 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    Saints got their franchise crippled for hearsay bounty “evidence”.

    This derelict talks openly about taking ppl out and showing no remorse for last actions. Equal punishment or more

  24. pmilz45 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    Brandon Marshall: Trying to turn his life around. Wears green shoes on Thursday Night Football against the Giants to promote Mental Health Awareness Week. Gets fined. Matches fine with donation to cancer charity.

    Brandon Meriweather: Targets heads. Gives out concussions. Gets fined. Attacks opponent by bringing up sensitive incidents in their personal life. Says he will change his way….to tearing ACLs

    I think I’d rather have Brandon Marshall

  25. justbust says: Oct 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    Defensive players don’t want to form tackle, the act will expose them to more trauma during the hit. Imagine about form tackling someone, your chest is exposed and once you expose the inside of your body you feel vulnerable. I’d rather go low too.

  26. hendawg21 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    You tell’em Brandon…they are changing it to the NFWL National Football Wuss League…

  27. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 28, 2013 1:05 PM

    joetoronto –

    Well it looks like Mister No Game migrated away from the Browns board. Bet the Washington wish they had Jason Campbell back there at safety. Bank on it!

  28. pftalk says: Oct 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    I wish this guy could have traded places with Sean Taylor on that unfortunate day. What a dirt ball.

  29. c1md6 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    Here comes the PC police, so what he stood up for himself, Marshall shouldn’t throw stones living in a glass house. Also, everything Merriwehter said regarding going low is 100% true, not being able to hit high is an as illite joke, pretty soon games are going to be 75-73, with all these protection rules.

  30. matt14gg says: Oct 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    What Brandon Meriweather needs to understand is that the NFL is involved in extremely expensive litigation regarding head injuries. If he has a problem maybe he should take it to the NFLPA that wants to blame the league for head trauma, and yet at the same time, protect players who perpetrate the hits that cause head trauma, promote bounties, etc. If he really has a problem maybe he should call out that hypocrite Drew Brees who shamefully criticized the NFL and specifically Roger Goodell, while at the same time giving a free pass to the guys actually creating the problem.

    Basically the PA claims the league didn’t care about, and did nothing to reduce, head trauma, and now that the league is doing something the players don’t like it. Not surprising coming from a clueless punk like Meriweather. If there is any justice he will have his ACL destroyed before he does it to someone else.

  31. kevinb73 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    Some people will never learn….his statements just show why he doesn’t need to put on a helmet and be able to play football.

  32. vdogg says: Oct 28, 2013 1:06 PM

    How about just making a “tackle”? Yes the game has changed, does everyone like it? No. Is it the rules that you have to play by now? Yes. Get over it, you aren’t as important as you believe you are to the survival of the game Merriweather…..

  33. thepftpoet says: Oct 28, 2013 1:07 PM

    Typical redskin, classless and idiotic

  34. canedaddy says: Oct 28, 2013 1:08 PM

    Like him or not, he’s right on both counts… beating your girlfriend is much worse than headhunting on the field, and the rules are forcing defenders to go low on ball carriers, which means more injuries.

  35. nbarber2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:08 PM

    This guy is a complete tool

  36. thepftpoet says: Oct 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    RG3 better watch his back in practice…

    Errrr I mean knees

  37. geniusry says: Oct 28, 2013 1:09 PM

    He is 100% correct and I applaud him. The amount of pencil neck bloggers that never played the game trying to tell players how to play is astounding.

  38. burnzido says: Oct 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    Fair enough. Wife beaters have no place in this game.

  39. joshuavkidd says: Oct 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    Yes Meriweather sounds like an idiot but the whole notion of “just hit him in the middle” is also pretty unrealistic when we have all seen multiple defensive players get flagged for putting their shoulder pad into the other guys chest…. If i were a defensive player, i’d be aiming low and if he tears a knee, too bad, talk to Goodell

  40. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 28, 2013 1:11 PM

    What can the NFL do if he does im fact take someones knees out or breaks a leg etc.? I know it would be within the rulebook but I feel like he is putting the league in a very awkward position.

    My only hope is the next time my cowboys play the Skins that we have the division wrapped up and not much else to play for so that we dont have to leave Dez or our other playmakers w a chance to be seriously injured

  41. jbaxt says: Oct 28, 2013 1:11 PM

    How many 1st round busts equate to getting just one right?

    Raiders fan, you should know. What is it, 10 going on 11,12, 13? And I don’t mean consecutive seasons where your team hasn’t broken the .500 mark.

  42. davidmp2 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:13 PM

    “What’s wrong with wrapping a guy up at the waistline? Or hitting him in the chest with something other than the helmet?”

    The questions may be rhetorical, but there is no way Meriweather – 5’11” & 195 lbs – takes down Eddie Lacy – at full speed – by wrapping him up at the waistline, when Lacy outweighs him by 30 pounds. Ditto for Brandon Marshall. He either has to go high or go low. Every former player I’ve heard has said they’d prefer a guy to go high.

  43. patriots123456 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:13 PM

    From reading his statements its apparent he wants to injure someone. His intentions are to injure.

    So instead of the head he is going to try to injure the knees.

    He needs to go!!!!!!!

  44. onlysane1intheroom says: Oct 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 28, 2013 1:02 PM

    Another Belicheck draft pick…

    ——————————————————-

    How’s Mesko working out for you? Yeah, thought so!

  45. infectorman says: Oct 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    When one describes football in an effort to distinguish it from Flag Football, they call it “Tackle” football.

    The key word here is TACKLE.

    I’ve never heard it referred to as “launch oneself like a ballistic missile into the opposing teams players head and scramble their brain forevermore” football…

  46. salscobrakai says: Oct 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    Forget the Wonderlic test. How about a pre-draft psychological test?

  47. deangelo23hall says: Oct 28, 2013 1:15 PM

    The dude is standing up for himself, after taking shots from other players.

    He’s taking a shot back and obviously being sarcastic, and everyone on here wants to flame him?

    He took his suspension, stated an opinion.

    Leave the guy alone….

  48. footballchic777 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    Obviously, this guy had taken one too many shots to the head. Because he sure is sounding like a petulant child! Grow up, suck it up, and move on. You were targeting there heads, but it seems you have learned no lesson. You would rather talk about ruining a man’s career and remarking on another man’s past personal sins than admit you were wrong. You are a acting like a child playing a man’s game. Act like a man.

  49. guppies66 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    Did he seriously say / admit he will now be intentionally trying to end players’ careers?
    Seems to me, some offensive player might preemptively and proactively end his first. It would be self defense.

  50. jwil444 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    always good to get tackling advice from someone whose never played the game…….

  51. bmckay3 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    I really don’t understand how all these comments are negative towards Merriweather.

    He makes a good point on both ends, but it honestly sounds like most of the commentators would rather have a player that has a repetitive past of assaulting women. Merriweather’s style of play would have been commended just 5 years ago. Does he still need to change the way he plays? Absolutely. If he doesn’t are his actions worse than Marshall’s? Nope. Not even in the same stratosphere.

    While I’m worried about the health of NFL players, I’m far more worried about the health of the women in Brandon Marshall’s life.

  52. herman23934 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:17 PM

    He needs to shut up. I like players who play hard but within the rules.

  53. hendawg21 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:18 PM

    All the haters must be young folks who grew being taught everybody wins there are no losers…evidently if you dislike Meriweather, then you’d surely dislike Ronnie Lott, Jack Tatum, Rodney Harrison etc., even the LB’s from the past were hard nasty hitters…so i’m sure wouldn’t have enjoyed or like those players. Meriweather is a featherweight compared to those before him.

  54. gzinn18631 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:18 PM

    As a Redskins fan, this guy must go. I just hope he doesn’t ruin anyone’s career before he does.

  55. raiderufan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:19 PM

    Half of the garbage kill shots he thinks are the only other way to tackle besides blowing up knees could be just rising shoulder blow tackles with a proper break down. This whole missile to the knee or head is the only way to tackle baloney is an embarassment to the league, the coaches, the players and anyone who buys that it’s the only way.

    It’s not. The league should endorse a video showing proper technique and if they are really interested in safety should mandate the practice and understanding of the procedure on a weekly basis.

    This take the money until they get it approach is only serving to anger defensive players and causing them to lash out rather than want to learn.

  56. jeversmma says: Oct 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    You can try and aim for the mid section all you want, but until offensive players get flagged for lowering their head, which is what incurs most of the helmet helmet contact, defensive players have to do even lower…heres an idea…if you dont want a WR to get labeled going over the middle, get a QB that doesnt string him out and you wont have hits like that…

  57. seahawks12thman says: Oct 28, 2013 1:21 PM

    Ummm you can’t aim at someone’s mid section when they’re running full speed. Literally gotta hit what you can hit. NFL should realize its a vicious game and you can’t change it.

  58. C'Mon Man! says: Oct 28, 2013 1:22 PM

    There is no doubt that Meriweather should shut up and just play within the rules. However, everyone talking about hitting in the mid section as opposed to high or low is not living in reality. The offensive player is rarely standing still, straight up, so he is accurate in saying you have to go low. Once a guy is bent over there is no middle. The head/neck is only 4 feet off the ground so the only legal hit is at the knees. I am not taking a side on the blow to the head rules, only pointing out the idiocy of those who think a defender can routinely find a mid section to attack…it’s the head or the knees most of the time.

  59. redskins1961 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    Just hit him in the middle huh? That easy huh? Excuse me Mr. Marshall, would you please run upright and stop lowering your head and shoulders and when I get ready to tackle you stand still like a tackling dummy so I can hit you like Mr. Goodall wants. When you lower your head and shoulders I can’t hit you in the waist as required. Give me a freakin’ break with this already. Like my old SgtMaj use to tell us in formation, if you are stupidout hen you will be stupid.

  60. freepretzels says: Oct 28, 2013 1:24 PM

    Hitting him the middle sounds great…except the other guy is REALLY fast a moving target. Anyone that has played on the defensive side of the ball knows that you don’t mean to hit receivers in certain spot but they duck or dip and you miss.

    If you have to aim at their waist, its easy to miss because they’re shifty. You won’t miss their knees though, but it increases the chance of their injury.

    But the people making these rules DON”T PLAY FOOTBALL. And that’s the problem.

  61. skinsfanwill says: Oct 28, 2013 1:26 PM

    The rule needs to be changed. Offensive players duck and lower their bodies to take on a hit. In that case the area between the head and the knees is drastically reduced. In some cases, the area isn’t there. He is an idiot, but he makes a valid point. You gotta go low now if you want to have any shot of jarring the ball loose. Arm tackling is not how football is taught.

  62. shaggytoodle says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 PM

    I understand the why defenders feel the need to hit low, but it can also be excessive and unnecessary.

    So any of the benefit of the doubt that I could give him when going low on receiver, is completely gone.

    Meriweather’s comments are excessive and unnecessary. Along swinging his helmet around at people, when he was in that college brawl years ago.

  63. mataug says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 PM

    Redskins fan here:
    I could make a missed tackles montage for the Redskins defense where they failed to wrap the ball carrier. I’m just fed up of these guys trying to make plays that may make it to the highlights on Sportscenter.

  64. geodude11 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 PM

    Looks like the DC and the DB coach has some training to do! Start with discipline and tell him to start thinking before his mouth opens. Reinforce that with sprints and fines within the organization’s structure. Then film study, “This is what you did, it’s illegal; this is what you’re going to do, it’s legal.” Give him technique and full contact drills to train it in. With the caveat that if you don’t do this, your replacement will.

  65. Stupid Lions Fan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:28 PM

    The NFL had this coming with their convoluted rule book. Take Suh for example… he got fined for ‘helmet to the body’ so you can’t even hit someone in the body any more. We all know it happens every other play but they can fine you when they want to. It’s a joke. The NFL just needs to face the facts that it’s a violent game and people are going to get hurt. All the hypocritical rules are causing reactions like Merriweathers, serves them right.

  66. patriotinvasion says: Oct 28, 2013 1:31 PM

    How about we just let these guys play the game of football like it had always been played from the beginning of time through about 2003? These guys get payed plenty of money to assume the risk of health problems later in life. Same goes for fire fighters.

    It’s the over-legislation of the rules that has these message boards humming every day about bad calls and is why quarterbacks pass for 400 yards every other week. smh. Old suits on Park Avenue just ruining football one day at a time.

  67. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:36 PM

    I doubt he’ll ever learn. He didn’t learn when he got a concussion from a hit that James Starks put on him. He hasn’t learned from the many fines either.

    I hate how when the player is injured he just walks away like nothing happened. He is a threat to the health of others!

  68. grndizzle says: Oct 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    Pretty soon NFL jerseys will have a target on them.

  69. shuttaman1990 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    Jack… Tatum?
    oh….
    welll
    well….

  70. pologroundsvet says: Oct 28, 2013 1:43 PM

    This is one sick guy who needs to be drummed out of the NFL before he really does hurt someone. There’s no room in an already violent sport in which men unfortunatly suffer debilitating injuries for someone who would inflict one deliberately. He demeans the NFL as well as himself.

  71. tigersfandan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:44 PM

    patriots123456 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:13 PM

    From reading his statements its apparent he wants to injure someone. His intentions are to injure.

    So instead of the head he is going to try to injure the knees.

    He needs to go!!!!!!!
    ______________________________________

    Part of his statement as quoted in the article is, “I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule.”

  72. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 28, 2013 1:45 PM

    how is this any different than a boxer wanting to knock someone out cold?

    violence has always been part of football

  73. giantsfanlewis says: Oct 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    Offensive players duck. Thus putting the head at waste area in the body and/or waste area. Making that area off limits as well. So only and best way to get an Offensive player down is by the legs. Pick your poison its a violent sport. Turn it into flag football or remind them that ufc fighters and boxers know the risk and still do the sport.

  74. steelerben says: Oct 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    To everyone talking about how Merriweather “tackles”: have you ever watched him play? Can you call it a tackle if you launch helmet first with your arms at your sides?

    I can understand that they ticky tacky calls that go against the defenders are annoying and having a negative impact on the game. I can also see how it is difficult for a defender to hit a moving strike zone on bang-bang plays. I even understand that a defender flying in at full speed with a big hit is very exciting. What I can’t understand is the idea that the only two ways to defend are headshots and blowing out knees. Keeping your head up to see what you are hitting, wrapping your arms around the waist and driving through is the way you teach tackling at every level, starting with Pop Warner.

    In any given week of football, you are seeing around 1900-2000 plays. You might have 10-20 penalties for hits to the head. Does this mean that the other 99% of the time defenders are just getting lucky or do you think maybe there are some players that need to adjust their game?

  75. zam0854 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    Meriweather is STILL more known for his season-ending college brawl when playing at UMiami..so why does this surprise us fans?

    You cant be a TERMINATOR as a FS or SS in the NFL anymore BRO!!

    NFL needs to have a “no tolerace” policy when it comes to these players who take playing in the league for granted.

    This dude would be arrested so fast if he was in a normal social setting.

    #YouCantTakeTheHoodOutTheBrother

  76. kindbass says: Oct 28, 2013 1:48 PM

    Only way to stop guys from using their helmet as a “weapon” is to take away the helmets.

    I’m sure with no helmets you’d see a lot less guys flying head-first at people and a lot of guys would have to learn how to tackle properly. It would end up looking a bit like rugby, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call rugby a ‘wuss sport’.

  77. shaggytoodle says: Oct 28, 2013 1:48 PM

    grndizzle says: Oct 28, 2013 1:40 PM

    Pretty soon NFL jerseys will have a target on them.

    _____

    They all ready do.. its called the numbers.

  78. dlbpatsfan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    SHOTS FIRED

  79. abqpacker says: Oct 28, 2013 1:53 PM

    I know the rule is hard to properly enforce, when the offensive player lowers his head, etc it doesn’t take away from the fact that this dude continues to take shots that are in NO way ambiguous. The hit he gave Marshall was dirty no matter which way you slice it.

  80. trollaikman8 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:54 PM

    But he’s not wrong.

  81. whiplash013 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:54 PM

    Soon the league will be called NFFL (National Flag Football League). Anyone who has ever played on defense in football knows that you never want to aim for the waist. It is the most balanced and shiftiest part of the body. You would either want to hit high or low. Since high is out, defensive players really don’t have much of a choice if they want to make the tackle.

  82. buddysguys says: Oct 28, 2013 1:55 PM

    if they start kicking people out the league for beating their wives/gfs this league will be a ghost town.

    #hitemhigh

  83. blackdb says: Oct 28, 2013 1:55 PM

    We a runner lowers his chest and shoulders to try and run thru a tackle the only target area is high or low. It is easy to say aim at the midsection but hard to do and harder to coach. Try teaching someone to keep their head up and bend their knees to hit a waistline target with out lowering their head and risking injury.

  84. citnetter says: Oct 28, 2013 1:58 PM

    If Snyder had any balls he’d cut this guy immediately.

  85. stealthjunk says: Oct 28, 2013 1:58 PM

    What a jerk. Next time he takes a cheap shot at a WR’s head, I hope he gets banned for the rest of the season.

  86. tonyc920 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    The SCARY thing about this knucklehead, he will go after the KNEES just to make a point. He needs a good talking to by League officials and his coaching staff. If he indeed does end some players season by going after the knees he should pay the price of being suspended as long as the player is out injured, with NO PAY.

  87. pftbillsfan says: Oct 28, 2013 2:03 PM

    Your neck is extremely vulnerable when you hit someone in the midsection. It can break, which would suck.

  88. guyljr says: Oct 28, 2013 2:05 PM

    Side note… It’s comical how everyone always smashes “Mr. Goodell” like he is some sort of football dictator. The owners and competition committee make these rules, the owners have a commissioner to give you all someone to hate/blame besides them. Wake up you pawns!

  89. stealthjunk says: Oct 28, 2013 2:08 PM

    coachjohnharbaugh says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:45 PM
    how is this any different than a boxer wanting to knock someone out cold?

    violence has always been part of football

    ==================

    It’s much different — just like boxers can’t hit below the belt, football players can’t hit above the neck. You break either rule and you’re penalized.

  90. sdemp says: Oct 28, 2013 2:09 PM

    It’s football not futball. . . played by elite athletes that have choosen football as a career. Injuries are and will always be a part of the game.

    There is no rule that will ever be implemented that will prevent injuries.

    This is what happens when you have a league that continues to put rules in place to give the advantage to the offense. . . NOT FOR SAFETY.

  91. sandypar77 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    Ignorant jerk

  92. @HowdyDoobie says: Oct 28, 2013 2:10 PM

    He clearly doesn’t get it. Two good pieces of advice for NFL tacklers: Wrap up. On and off the field. # tacklejoke #condomjoke

  93. CKL says: Oct 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    bmckay3 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:17 PM
    I really don’t understand how all these comments are negative towards Merriweather.

    He makes a good point on both ends, but it honestly sounds like most of the commentators would rather have a player that has a repetitive past of assaulting women. Merriweather’s style of play would have been commended just 5 years ago.
    ________________________________
    I’d rather have neither. And no, Meriweather has NEVER played the game the”right way” as far as illegal/stupid hits. As a Pats fan I can tell you that a majority of us never liked the way he played. Geeze, he’s taken out his own TEAMMATES for heaven’s sake. This is flat the way he plays…period.

    You know he’s been told over and over by three different coaching staffs how to tackle and he just won’t change his play. He even said as much when he was in NE then Rodney got to him and changed his tune ..but not his play. The guy is just flat out uncoachable.

    I am in sympathy with the defense for the most part on a lot of these hits and the new rules because the NFL is trying to outlaw physics in a lot of cases, but I can tell you anytime I have seen Meriweather get a penalty he deserved it 100%.

  94. mdpgc says: Oct 28, 2013 2:13 PM

    I’d rather have someone who plays aggressively and who is a “Redskin”.

  95. gochargersgo says: Oct 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    Lost in all of this is that Id rather have Marshall because hes better at football. Meriweather is an average player at a replaceable position.

  96. mdpgc says: Oct 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    The whole point is that people with glass houses should not throw stones

  97. jahsc06 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:16 PM

    I think he’s lead with his head a few too many times after reading his comments, but either way, Hail to the REDSKINS!

  98. jm91rs says: Oct 28, 2013 2:16 PM

    Funny comment on Marshall. I completely agree. That said, you start making it sound like you’re deliberately going to end careers, you’re in for a world of hurt. Cheap shots and even teammates hating you is in your future Meriweather. Bountys still exist and I can guarantee you someone has one on Meriweather this year.

  99. gochargersgo says: Oct 28, 2013 2:19 PM

    davidmp2 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:13 PM
    “What’s wrong with wrapping a guy up at the waistline? Or hitting him in the chest with something other than the helmet?”

    “The questions may be rhetorical, but there is no way Meriweather – 5’11″ & 195 lbs – takes down Eddie Lacy – at full speed – by wrapping him up at the waistline, when Lacy outweighs him by 30 pounds. Ditto for Brandon Marshall. He either has to go high or go low. Every former player I’ve heard has said they’d prefer a guy to go high.”

    This is actually the reverse of whats true. Proper form tackling allows smaller defenders to tackle bigger players by use of leverage. Sink your hips and attack the upper legs/hips of the runner. By aiming and following a players hips, you will be less likely to fall for a head fake. Going high is how you get trucked, going low will get you hurdled or stiff armed.

  100. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 28, 2013 2:21 PM

    stealthjunk says:

    It’s much different — just like boxers can’t hit below the belt, football players can’t hit above the neck. You break either rule and you’re penalized.

    —-

    much different? hitting at the knee isnt against the rule. WHATSOEVER. further, hitting above the neck is a new rule – when this was happening 10 years ago where was all the backlash? all the sudden, its a rule, so theres backlash? defense in football is designed to knock guys out. if you dont understand it, youve never played the game.

  101. gettingpwned says: Oct 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    There’s a similar problem in the NHL and its the players disregard for each others safety & well being. Too many head shots across the board. Take away the helmets in the nfl and you won’t see guys leading with their armor protected head anymore. The helmet is more of a weapon now than a protector. (I’m not saying remove helmets from the game, just using that as an example.)

  102. scalfor3 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:23 PM

    You know what, you guys are right. It’s real difficult to tackle someone targeting the midsection if your tackle attempts consist of launching yourself headfirst like a missile and failing to use your arms.

    HOWEVER, if you wrap your arms around the ball carriers legs, odds are he’s going down. At the very least, you’ll likely slow him down enough for one of your teammates to clean up the play. Meriweather is incapable of this, likely because he has so much self-inflicted brain damage that he doesn’t realize he arms to tackle with.

    For the record, I played enough tackle sports (four years of football, four years of rugby) to understand the difficulties of open field tackling. Meriweather keeps complaining and clinging to a style that has made him one of the worst tacklers in the game. Look around the league, there’s plenty of guys who manage to tackle well and deliver punishing hits within the rules. Stop insulting guys like Tatum and Harrison, who were actually very good at football, by mentioning them in the same sentence as this clown.

  103. geniusesq says: Oct 28, 2013 2:26 PM

    This guy is a Neanderthal.

    HAIL

  104. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 28, 2013 2:41 PM

    scalfor3 –

    What…peewee football? You have no game whatsoever. Bank on it!

  105. youlames says: Oct 28, 2013 2:42 PM

    Meriweather just needs to adjust to the new game and needs to stop launching high with the crown of his head. Gotta understand that a few years ago, this is what made safeties so fun to watch in the league. Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, polomalu. But I guarentee that ST would be fined more than Suh! Games gotten softer. I feel for meriweather personally. IMO WR and nfl athletes know what they’re signing up for.

    Also, people need to understand that tackling in the midsection is easy when you have a defenseless receiver, but the majority of the time when a player is bracing himself the midsection is nearly impossible to hit. And Brandon has a point, if he cant hit up high, against a RB/WR lowering his shoulder, hes gonna go low.

  106. redskinsroost says: Oct 28, 2013 2:44 PM

    I don’t know whom I like more…this guy, or Dexter Manley.

  107. witeman10 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    Maybe it’s not all Meriweather’s fault that he only tackles with his helmet. Maybe he just has a big head…and therefore it’s harder for him to tackle with his shoulders without his abnormally large melon head getting in the way…

    just a theory. don’t really know why he tackles exclusively with his helmet when you are taught not to do that. not only for others safety but for your own. i know it’s bound to happen sometimes, but it shouldnt happen every time you tackle someone.

  108. redskinsroost says: Oct 28, 2013 2:45 PM

    I don’t know whom I like more…..this guy, or Dexter Manley.

  109. quietdownandlisten says: Oct 28, 2013 2:51 PM

    I don’t know Sean Taylor would have made it in this league.

  110. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    Meriweather is a joke of a football player and even worse of a person. Learn how to wrap up and tackle. Learn how to lay a hit with your shoulder without spearing a guy with the crown of your helmet right into their face mask.

    How did this guy ever get to the Pro Bowl? He got burned constantly in NE and still voted to there twice. Him and John Kuhn are the reason being named to the Pro Bowl is a joke. NFL needs to ban this clown or Redskins need to be ready for repercussions.

  111. myeaglescantwin says: Oct 28, 2013 3:03 PM

    This guy is a no-talent bum.

    the reason he ducks his head is because he is SCARED OF CONTACT..

    he knows he needs to SPEAR people in order to make any impact on the field..

    after he SPEARS the next wr,, they should boot him for the year.

    hail that you buncha slobs

  112. obmig says: Oct 28, 2013 3:08 PM

    The thing about him is that the new rules are not costing him his money and playing time like many would believe. The way he plays has never been within the confines of the rules.

  113. dukeearl says: Oct 28, 2013 3:11 PM

    bmckay3 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:17 PM
    I really don’t understand how all these comments are negative towards Merriweather.

    He makes a good point on both ends, but it honestly sounds like most of the commentators would rather have a player that has a repetitive past of assaulting women.
    *************
    Sorry if it isn’t clear. Neither is an OK attitude.
    His statement is similar to a rapist saying rape is ok because others are murders.

    From his statement, he is more interested in causing injury than playing the game.

  114. thejuddstir says: Oct 28, 2013 3:13 PM

    I certainly am not a Merriweather fan, but the dude does have a point. I don’t recall any year of more torn ACL’s, MCL’s, PCL’s than this year since the NFL is narrowing the target area. Defenses don’t really have a chance with the rules changes of the past 10-15 years.

  115. beastmode5150 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    Funniest part? He isn’t a good player.

  116. furnhole says: Oct 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    He has a point, he’s still an over aggressive idiot. The NFL has by themselves put a hard playing tackler in a tough position. If you go for the middle it’s instinctive for the guy being hit to put his head down. Boom, penalty. I don’t think taking out knees is the answer but what else can you do? It’s up to the league to figure it out. They caused this mess.

  117. deltaoracle says: Oct 28, 2013 3:57 PM

    If anyone can “get lower” I’m sure it’s this d-bag.

  118. gridassassin says: Oct 28, 2013 4:08 PM

    Back in the late 70s, Bears fans lived to watch Doug Plank and Gary Fencik lay people out – that’s not lost on this long time Bears fan. I’d rather have a teammate that plays borderline dirty than one that beats a woman.

  119. gammynomnom says: Oct 28, 2013 4:17 PM

    So I guess Merriweather is saying, go for RG3’s knees. Glad he cleared that up.

  120. bullcharger says: Oct 28, 2013 4:24 PM

    There’s a reason a two time pro-bowler was cut from the Patriots. He refused to change and follow the new rules. He’s a complete idiot. Just because you will get suspended for hitting a guy in the head, doesn’t mean you try to take out knees. There are certain things that don’t need rules. You don’t puposefully take out another players knees and potentially end their career.

  121. pekkle007 says: Oct 28, 2013 4:36 PM

    Dear Brandon,

    You can still make a solid tackle by capturing people by the waist or torso and bringing them down from there. That too, can be called “playing aggressive.”
    There is nothing “aggressive” about launching yourself at another person’s head like a missile.

  122. obmig says: Oct 28, 2013 4:38 PM

    Dumb fans, it’s not about high or low like he has tricked you into believing. It’s about him leading with the top of his head 100% of the time when the first rule of tackling is to see your target.

  123. sdemp says: Oct 28, 2013 4:54 PM

    I have been watching football for nearly 50 years. . . since when did it become such a pansy sport. Fans included.

    It is impossible to make a “perfect” tackle every time.

  124. larjones64 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:15 PM

    Somebody at some point is going to say enough with this guy and take him out.

  125. colofan8 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:31 PM

    It’s funny that players are getting mad at all these new rules when they were the ones that brought about multiple lawsuits against the NFL pertaining to concussions.

    Meriweather is right….more knee injuries to come

  126. dlr4skins says: Oct 28, 2013 5:43 PM

    Amen brother Meriweather.

    Amen.

    Still available NFL biggest hits on various media formats.

    Hypocrisy.

    Keep the drunks and wife/girlfriend beaters out of the league.

  127. rextraordinaire says: Oct 28, 2013 6:02 PM

    Low blow, Merriweather, low blow.

    Still, Id rather have a guy make cheap shots at past regrets than my damn knees.

    Brandon Marshall is certainly walking with past struggles, but it beats not walking at all.

  128. djohnson757 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:13 PM

    All of you critics against Merriweather are a bunch of papa uniform five five yankees!….this is a gladiator sport and he’s a gladiator! #aintworriedboutnuthin

  129. ozvaldosays says: Oct 28, 2013 6:14 PM

    Meriweather is great!!
    HTTR

  130. fatsolio says: Oct 28, 2013 6:21 PM

    I took his comment to be more sarcasm than him saying he is going to try and injure guys with knee hits. I see where he is coming from. A player could lower their head and suddenly the defender is hitting him in the head and gets a penalty or fine. May as well just go as low as possible and avoid any chance it happens.

    As for asking what’s wrong with hitting in the middle…nothing other than it can be difficult to do and it is the worst spot to hit a guy when trying to tackle him and if the ball carrier “goes small” then there is no middle.

  131. pick6ftw says: Oct 28, 2013 6:23 PM

    Please just let this man play the game like a warrior, all the rest of you can go watch golf or whatever it is that you hope the NFL will be someay. Let men be men.

  132. mp4pack says: Oct 28, 2013 6:25 PM

    I’m really sick of this whining and “guess we’ll have to take people out at the knees” crap. A good 80% of the length of the human body falls between the head and the knees and, coincidentally enough, that’s exactly where I learned to target on a form tackle at a rinky-dink high school 15 years ago. If these guys really can’t figure out how to make form tackles that pee wee players can make then they are just too stupid to be making that much money.

  133. sopadegato says: Oct 28, 2013 6:54 PM

    It’s dirty but it works. Just look how well it worked for Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs’ bounty program against Houston. Cushing taken out for the year, Foster injured, Tate and Watt both taking nasty hits..

  134. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 28, 2013 7:03 PM

    I say “Good for Meriweather”, quit getting your panties in a bunch because he sounds intimidating…. If you don’t like what he said, you should be watching another sport.

  135. theskinsman says: Oct 28, 2013 7:08 PM

    At least he gets people riled up. I doubt he was serious, just being sarcastic to make a point. Too bad the author of this blog, who no doubt has a long history of playing the game at the professional level, missed that.

  136. dukeearl says: Oct 28, 2013 7:12 PM

    buddysguys says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:55 PM
    if they start kicking people out the league for beating their wives/gfs this league will be a ghost town.

    #hitemhigh
    ****************

    If that is the choice, let it be a ghost town.

    No excuse for professional athletes to be beating on wives/gfs.
    No excuse for professional athletes to be beating on anybody actually.

  137. dukeearl says: Oct 28, 2013 7:14 PM

    fatsolio says:
    Oct 28, 2013 6:21 PM
    I took his comment to be more sarcasm than him saying he is going to try and injure guys with knee hits. I see where he is coming from. A player could lower their head and suddenly the defender is hitting him in the head and gets a penalty or fine. May as well just go as low as possible and avoid any chance it happens.

    As for asking what’s wrong with hitting in the middle…nothing other than it can be difficult to do and it is the worst spot to hit a guy when trying to tackle him and if the ball carrier “goes small” then there is no middle.
    ************

    The fact that it is difficult is what justifies the high contracts.

  138. dukeearl says: Oct 28, 2013 7:16 PM

    Let’s see…
    Take a young kid, show him pro football with players like Meriweather intentionally trying to injure..
    show them the rich lifestyle…
    Give them a choice between playing as a skilled athlete or launching yourself like a missile and trying to permanently injure somebody…
    Tell them that they can make the same money without learning the skills to actually tackle somebody.

    Yeah, hard choice.

  139. wheezerswin says: Oct 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    Oh snap!

  140. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    It’s not either hit the player up high or take his knees out. You could choose to actually play like a football player and tackle your opponent. Wrap your arms around his body and use proper technique to bring him down. It’s not as glamorous as launching yourself, but it is more effective and safer.

  141. ballboy48 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:05 PM

    I’d like to see what Merriweather would say, once he stops receiving those fat paychecks. This guy is an idiot.

  142. Steelerbear78 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Meriweather can’t cover and can’t tackle to save his life. That’s his justification for headhunting. Now he comes out and says he intends to go at the knees. Meant sarcastically or not he sets himself up for a fall I hope he takes.

    I knew the two game ban was garbage. Made even more pointless by reduction. His bringing up Marshall’s past just shows the lack of character he has. That’s why the Patriots pushed on without him. That’s why the Bears pushed on without him. It’s why the Redskins and NFL should move on without this reckless, classless coward. There are more people in the NFL than just Marshall that believe him a cheap headhunter.

    Maybe after he’s finished blowing out Calvin Johnson’s or some other high profile player’s knee the NFL will look harder at their ridiculous ban. Why bother banning him two games? Just to reduce it to one. The only thing that moron takes from it is cut their knees out. Hah! From the lips of the weak minded fool to the media. I just hope the league office heard it loud and clear.

  143. ddweer says: Oct 28, 2013 9:21 PM

    Time for the players to weed this waste of oxygen out of their herd. If he won’t stop headhunting and now threatens knees, I’d say make sure every receiver in the league aim to cut his knees on every running play going forward. Eventually he’ll either get the picture or be out of the league with his very own career ending lower leg injury!

  144. blu4l1fe says: Oct 29, 2013 1:08 PM

    bigbenh8tr says:
    Oct 28, 2013 1:03 PM

    What is wrong with this dude

    ———————————————

    To answer your question, “everything that is wrong with an athlete with his mindset today.”

    He’s making millions, couldn’t care less of “pocket-change” fines or one game suspension(s). He’ll do whatever it is he needs to do on the field to “play the game as he thinks it should be” and he would do a diservice, not only to the game, but to his team if he plays any other way.

    The NFL, coming off a hefty lawsuit involving concussions, has to, not only do more to protect players but to protect the league and it’s image to make it last. It is still a business but it has reached a point where safety has become the priority leading to a lot to exclaim that new measures have taken away from the game, which it has, especially if you’re coming from the age of “hard-nosed” style football of old.

    At the same time, Meriweather, will not learn nor detract from his usual ways as, just like a kid, the punishment is really not enough to do so. This is very well evident by his reaction and, soon enough, his play when he returns to the field.

  145. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:00 PM

    he’s got a point…i mean, randall cobb is out because the defender purposely aimed low to avoid a flag. catch 22.

  146. rightwingredskin says: Oct 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    Merriweather will go down with Ronnie Lott as one of the best and most respected safeties the league has ever known. Haters are going to hate, but game recognizes game… Play on BW, play on!

  147. robert831 says: Nov 4, 2013 1:40 PM

    Crazy thing is he is right. I would rather they crack down on wife beaters and criminals, than what used to be considered good football. That is how anyone that grew up playing football prior to last 10 years was taught to play. Hit to knock your opponent out of the game! Beating your wife/GF should lead to banishment before big hits. And yes you should be allowed to hit the head at all times! It’s football, you wear a helmet for a reason. Its never acceptable to lay a hand on a woman!

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