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Sheldon Richardson: NFL wants me to cradle QBs, not tackle them


Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was flagged for a hit on Browns quarterback Jason Campbell on Sunday, and today Richardson found out that the league office is fining him $15,000. According to Richardson, the fine was accompanied by a letter that told him to be more gentle with quarterbacks.

Richardson wrote on Twitter that the NFL told him that he was wrong to land on Campbell with his full body weight, and that he should have cradled Campbell with his arms, not come down hard on top of him.

Richardson added that he wishes the league would treat defensive tackles and quarterbacks the same.

“For Christmas I want the league to go back to real football . . . where every man is equal no matter the position,” Richardson wrote.

That’s not a Christmas wish that Santa or Roger Goodell is likely to grant.

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44 Responses to “Sheldon Richardson: NFL wants me to cradle QBs, not tackle them”
  1. cinvis says: Dec 24, 2013 10:08 PM

    How do you play Dline in the NFL and not know the basic rules? This rule (aka The Warren Sapp rule) has been around for years. If the league wants to improve player safety, they should require player to pass a test on the rules before allowing them to take the field.

  2. gmenfan1982 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:08 PM

    That really is pathetic. This is pretty laughable.

  3. coloradocowboy says: Dec 24, 2013 10:10 PM

    Football is officially dead.

  4. nfl4days says: Dec 24, 2013 10:11 PM

    What a freakin joke. Roger and his goons are more worried about people getting landed on too hard, than they are the EMBARRASSING performance of the referees. This is beyond ridiculous and I’m one step away from abandoning the NFL until MAJOR changes are made.

  5. dropkickbanana says: Dec 24, 2013 10:14 PM

    Was spooning required after contact with the turf, or is that up to the QB’s discretion?

  6. chillaxbro23 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:14 PM

    this guy is a great player an DROTY for sure but i and i hope he can’t play sunday against my fins

  7. rushbacker says: Dec 24, 2013 10:16 PM

    Good lord, that’s just depressing.

  8. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 24, 2013 10:17 PM

    Make sure you rock him back and forth on the way down as well so he doesn’t get upset lol

  9. shadowcell says: Dec 24, 2013 10:18 PM

    You should also sing him a soft lullaby and rock him to sleep. It’s right there in the rulebook.

  10. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 24, 2013 10:19 PM

    Oh and maybe hum him a lullaby.

  11. catquick says: Dec 24, 2013 10:21 PM

    Never thought I’dagree with a Jet……

  12. realnflmaster says: Dec 24, 2013 10:29 PM

    BEAST. First ballot hof easy!#!!!

  13. orivar says: Dec 24, 2013 10:35 PM

    If I’m a QB and I’m getting cradled by another grown man, I’m retiring right after I get my payday. There are somethings that a man should never have to go through and that’s one of them.

  14. pafinsfan says: Dec 24, 2013 10:47 PM

    I get frustrated too with some of the new rules, but I also don’t want to be watching 2nd and third string QBs all season because the starters are getting blasted on every play. I’d like to see some of these “tough” defensive players play QB and see how well they hold up to the beating QBs and RBs take every game.

  15. mackcarrington says: Dec 24, 2013 11:02 PM

    Ok,that’s it. This is no longer about player safety. I’m beginning to think that Roger Goodell has some deep mental issues. This man is a joke who is going to make a mockery and a travesty of pro football.

  16. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:05 PM

    If you cannot handle your drinking, do not go to the bar. If you cannot handle getting tackled, do not play football. Fine the headshots and egregious knee shots…but landing hard on the qb? Try cradling Big Ben or Cam Newton…see what happens.

  17. meatcarroll says: Dec 24, 2013 11:12 PM

    That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Screw you, Tyrant Goodell.

  18. dclogicatlast says: Dec 24, 2013 11:15 PM

    This fine letter is a Christmas tragedy.

  19. footballisking says: Dec 24, 2013 11:20 PM

    Sheldon you are not alone…that is on everyones Christmas list

  20. jacobslatter says: Dec 24, 2013 11:21 PM

    Roger Baddell also forced Sheldon to say he was sowwy to Jason and share with him his chocolate brownie treat at lunchtime, and then sit & face the corner in the afternoon.

  21. texansfan713 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:16 AM

    I would not think it would matter if your cradled someone or not when you land on top of them….. Just give the qb a red jersey and some flags….

  22. zimaman says: Dec 25, 2013 12:18 AM

    Isn’t he a NY JET ?

    That team isnt even relevant?

    Sheldon just shutty.

  23. urmomsmyho says: Dec 25, 2013 12:31 AM

    Good for you Sheldon. That penalty was laughable and the fact he got fined for it is hilarious. The NFL is going insane. How can you prevent yourself from putting all your weight on a QB when you are both falling down as he is throwing the ball?

  24. dennisatunity says: Dec 25, 2013 12:36 AM

    Sheldon Richardson, if you really can’t figure it out, look for a different line of work. You know, one that pays $25,000-40,000 a year. But as long as you want to keep taking a few million dollars per contract, how about of you stop whining?

  25. elliottcovert says: Dec 25, 2013 12:44 AM

    I would definitely agree with Richardson that the rules these days are way too favorable to the offensive side of the ball.

  26. 5to46hawkfan says: Dec 25, 2013 1:04 AM

    No kidding… Remember when football was football?

  27. 5to46hawkfan says: Dec 25, 2013 1:05 AM

    Maybe after a tackle, the defensiveman should give him a neck rub too!!!

  28. asimonetti88 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:10 AM


  29. green41563 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:16 AM

    Even dumb rules can be tolerated as long as they’re clear. But the problem with the NFL rules is that not even the NFL can explain them.

    It’s just a series of unconnected, arbitrary, ad hoc decisions motivated solely by a desire to avoid liability.

  30. rrjr80 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:21 AM

    Awww cradle him like a wee lil baby!

    NFL QBs are so adorable!

  31. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 25, 2013 1:22 AM

    If that’s the case jj watt should be a little lighter in the pocket this week too.

  32. spreth1 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:29 AM

    Unfortunately, with the size and speed of today’s linemen, “real football” is going to give us matchups like Tyrod Taylor vs. Bruce Gradkowski. Not likely folks will drop $250 on tickets to see that.

  33. axespray says: Dec 25, 2013 4:32 AM

    Good QBs should get some protection – cause they make their teams good and good teams = cash and making fans happy.

    but Jason Campbell?

    Hell – drill ’em and the rest of these backup fools!

  34. Iain says: Dec 25, 2013 4:32 AM

    And maybe a wee kiss on the cheek for good measure???

  35. sidepull says: Dec 25, 2013 7:05 AM

    And is it any wonder that all these QB’s are setting all these records and diva WR’s as well?

    They never play in a real game anymore. Its blasphemy.

  36. ajgreenhof says: Dec 25, 2013 8:45 AM

    Kiss the Baby!

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:11 AM

    In another 5 years the game will be almost unrecognizable to those of us who’ve watched it for the last 40-50 years.

    The great players of the past are rolling over in their graves at the way the game is being gutted.

    The National Attorney Ball League. If there’s the slightest chance something could lead to league liability, its going to be outlawed. its only a matter of time till all hitting and tackling is eliminated from the sport.

  38. catif says: Dec 25, 2013 9:11 AM

    why not just put flags on them and get rid of the pads….cant hit low, cant hit high…what a joke

    these men know the chances they took when they started playing football….its a contact sport….

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:12 AM

    ajgreenhof says:

    Kiss the Baby!

    Stan: Kick the baby !

    Ike: No, don’t kick the baby !

    Stan: Kick the baby !

    – South Park

  40. shabazkilla says: Dec 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    Don’t forget to cup the QB’s balls

  41. rushbacker says: Dec 25, 2013 10:49 AM

    In related news, the league will also start flying quarterbacks’ moms in for every game, in case any boo-boos need to be kissed and made better. Which will, conveniently, also give them an excuse to squeeze in a couple extra TV time-outs per game.

  42. dynaco says: Dec 25, 2013 10:59 AM

    Goodell won’t be happy till he turns the NFL into arena league football.

  43. alexgiobbi says: Dec 25, 2013 12:31 PM

    Maybe we should put players in bras and tinfoil hats, have them hug and give complements instead of tackle, and instead of a football, use a balloon! And while we’re at it, let’s have a nice glug of Butters’ creamy goo!

  44. jimmyjames65 says: Dec 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    Haloti Ngata feels better now.

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