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Cobb thinks hit on him was dirty, but not intentionally dirty

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Packers receiver Randall Cobb missed a couple of months of the season after a low hit against the Ravens broke his leg.

And while the rules still allow low hits, Cobb didn’t think it was a clean shot from rookie safety Matt Elam.

“I think it was dirty,” Cobb said on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk at the Super Bowl.  “But I don’t think it was meant to be dirty.  I think with the new rules in place he was doing the opposite and trying to protect himself from getting a fine and it just caused a low hit.”

Cobb’s right.  With the emphasis on wiping out hits to the head, defensive players have started to aim lower.  And players like Cobb are paying the price with knee injuries.

“I think we have to create some kind of hitting zone, some kind of targeting zone,” Cobb said.  “We’re professional athletes, we can make that type of adjustment.  We just need the repetition and practice to make the adjustment.”

It’s unclear when and if the adjustment will be made.  The NFL seems to care far more about brains than knees, even though hits to the knees end careers.

But the players should keep pushing for expanded protections, individually through interviews and collectively through the NFLPA.

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11 Responses to “Cobb thinks hit on him was dirty, but not intentionally dirty”
  1. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 29, 2014 7:59 PM

    The main problem I have with a “hitting zone” is that the receivers instinctively lower their heads when a hit is coming, causing head shots that the defenders get penalized and fined for.

  2. perspective2424 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:01 PM

    That makes no sense. The definition of a dirty play means its intentional.

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 29, 2014 8:07 PM

    A very professional and reasonable opinion by Cobb.

    Just be clear on the rules and players will adjust. Right now there is some confusion caused by the NFL.

    Great players, great teams, and great cities do not whine or make lame excuses. They get going and get to work reasonably and professionally.

  4. outlawshark says: Jan 29, 2014 8:17 PM

    Hungry to make up for a short season, and with Lacy attracting a lot of attention, Cobb is going to be a handful in the slot next season.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:18 PM

    That catch Cobb made against the Bears to win the division at Soldier Field was awesome.

  6. jmblosser82 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:38 PM

    The ravens laid out dirty hits a lot during the season, they adopted if you can’t beat them hurt them.

  7. purpleguy says: Jan 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    Great player, good guy, but a statement about his injury that simply is not logical.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 30, 2014 4:36 PM

    That hit was absolutely a dirty hit, which earned the nickname Matt Kneelam.

  9. cornerblitz says: Jan 30, 2014 10:56 PM

    The rules are defeating themselves. Any NFL player will tell you that he’d rather take a hit high than low. Finley would still be playing football if he wasn’t hadn’t gone low to protect his knees, ultimately breaking his neck because the defender was trying to play within the “rules”. Way to go Goodell, keep up the good work. I’ve never missed Paul Tagliabue more. At least he realized football is a product that sells itself and pretty much stayed out of the way.

  10. jrober29 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:35 AM

    matt had no time to react to someone who runs a 4.2 coming across the middle right before half on a 3rd and long!… he could of lit him up high and gotten a defenseless receiver penalty.

    That was NOT dirty you people saying have some sort of bias or are just uneducated. Someone who tackles like that on a regular basis would be considered dirty but that was a reaction hit to a guy with blazing speed in the closing seconds of halftime trying to prevent a td.

    He actually slowed himself down to avoid a defenseless receiver penalty, forcing him to fall down and make a low tackle so he didn’t whiff completely.

    Look at his head during the hit! Its going right at the knee, Matt realizes what is about to happen n he ducks his head quickly to avoid his helmet from making ANY contact with Cobb’s knee and his back hit him. Cobb could of had his knee shattered but Matt had enough sense and sportsmanship to duck his head to protect Cobb from further injury.

    It was an accident… most injuries in football are.

  11. BringBackTheFlex says: Jan 31, 2014 11:57 AM

    “I’ve never missed Paul Tagliabue more. At least he realized football is a product that sells itself and pretty much stayed out of the way.”

    Tagliabue actually oversaw many changes to the rules to turn the NFL into the NBA. He was trying to attract the mindless sheep into becoming NFL fans so he handcuffed the defense and let the offense do what it wanted to to up the scoring.

    Here’s some strategy: let the OL hold so the QB can throw it as far as he can while 6’4″ untouched WRs run free through the secondary and catch TDs. Ooh!

    Football used to be like chess, now it’s like speed chess.

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