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Jay Gruden warns Brandon Meriweather not to hit high in practice

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Washington safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended for a game last year for helmet-to-helmet hits. Washington coach Jay Gruden is warning Meriweather that the same offense will get him suspended from practice as well.

“Brandon, he plays a very physical style of football,” Gruden said. “That’s all he knows. But there is a rule now obviously and he’s had to pay the price for it. And he understands the next one is going to be a longer suspension. We talked about that today, actually. I told him he is going to get a two-practice suspension if he doesn’t lower his target.”

Gruden expects Meriweather to be a big part of Washington’s defense, but only if he can remember to avoid helmet-to-helmet hits.

“He’s a good football player,” Gruden said. “He’s tough, he’s physical, he wants to do the right thing but sometimes at that position though and the ball is in the air, he’s trying to knock the ball out and sometimes they unfortunately make contact head-to-head and it’s not intentional. I don’t think he has the intent to injure people. I think he has the intent to get the player down and get the ball out. Sometimes those instances look worse than they are but he does have to really watch his area of target and hopefully we will keep him on the field for 16 weeks because he is much needed in the secondary.”

The NFL doesn’t take kindly to repeat offenders, and if Meriweather hits another opponent high in a game, he’s likely looking at a multiple-game suspension. Gruden is hoping to break Meriweather of the habit permanently.

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42 Responses to “Jay Gruden warns Brandon Meriweather not to hit high in practice”
  1. 700levelvet says: Jul 27, 2014 6:27 AM

    I guess Jon’s little brother never saw the launching highlights of Merriweather.. It’s not intentional… Yeah OK

  2. RegisHawk says: Jul 27, 2014 6:50 AM

    He didn’t listen to the fines, but he’ll listen to Chucky-lite…good luck with that.

  3. moeman79 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:51 AM

    Dude should be kicked out after last years Bears game

  4. mazenblue says: Jul 27, 2014 6:53 AM

    Yeah, this dude is dirty as it gets.

  5. terrier92 says: Jul 27, 2014 6:54 AM

    Make him practice without a helmet. This will break this bad habit. No risk off injury to boot. Problem solved

  6. ajgreenhof says: Jul 27, 2014 6:59 AM

    Good luck with that Jay.

    We saw how well it went for Jay Gruden when he tried calling out James Harrison for hitting without pads on Hard Knocks. He backed down with his tail between his legs.

  7. hansenbrothers says: Jul 27, 2014 7:26 AM

    Why is this guy still in the league?

  8. jojopuppyfish says: Jul 27, 2014 7:52 AM

    I was at the Bears vs Redskins game last year and even the Redskin fans were booing Meriweather after that hit.

  9. thegronk87 says: Jul 27, 2014 7:54 AM

    Jay Gruden to team: the object is to get the ball across the goal line. This might be better advice.

  10. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 27, 2014 7:57 AM

    Jay Gruden: “When you hit somebody, get low!!”

    Meriweather: “WHAT????!”

    Jay Gruden: “Let me see you get low, you scared! You scared!”

    Meriweather: “OKAAAAYYYYY!!!!”

  11. greymares says: Jul 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    Good call coach, your pretty fragile on the offensive side of the ball.

  12. droppingthemike says: Jul 27, 2014 8:02 AM

    Yea, suspend one player “multiple games” for playing defense but suspend another player two games for the criminal offense of assaulting his wife. Can hardly wait to see what the league does with a team owner. Roger Goodell’s priorities are severely misordered.

  13. pointywilliams says: Jul 27, 2014 8:07 AM

    Wrong Gruden..

  14. heyguru69 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:10 AM

    It’s a shame there seems to be a new generation of head-hunters who are more interested in SportsCenter highlights than building a Hall Of Fame career. It’s all about the moment.

  15. crewchief15 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:13 AM

    Would you buy a car from Jay?

  16. keltictim says: Jul 27, 2014 8:20 AM

    If he was really that good of a defensive player The Hoodie never would have let him walk away.

  17. tooz72 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:36 AM

    yeah but does this make him a beast or not? no one knows who a beast is today and who isn’t because everyone is called a beast. i don’t think this guy is a beast

  18. canetic says: Jul 27, 2014 8:48 AM

    You mess with the bull, you get the horns!

  19. partmachine says: Jul 27, 2014 8:50 AM

    Yup. 16 weeks is all they’ll be on the field for.

  20. bassplucker says: Jul 27, 2014 9:27 AM

    What a goon. Zero coverage ability whatsoever, so tries to compensate with dirty play. Some OC needs to put a bounty out on this clown.

  21. godeepwvu says: Jul 27, 2014 9:27 AM

    Eagles fans will pay for your two practice suspension to knock Crips Jaccson out.

  22. hakunamangata says: Jul 27, 2014 9:27 AM

    “Oh you DON’T want me to use my helmet to tackle coach? Why hasn’t anyone every told me?”

  23. officialgame says: Jul 27, 2014 10:08 AM

    Anybody who hits high at his own teammates in practice is an imbecile. The guy is a total moron and morons are slow to learn.

  24. abninf says: Jul 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    Would Meriweather actually consider a two practice break, I mean suspension, a punishment?

  25. leogirl22 says: Jul 27, 2014 10:30 AM

    I have seen this guy hit players by launching at their head. He needed to be suspended for longer than one game long ago!

  26. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 27, 2014 10:33 AM

    feel sorry for the guy

    he is tackling the way we were all taught.. and is trying, IMO, but having great difficulty adapting

    he may be the symbol for the changing game… which is necessary

  27. greengoldandbold says: Jul 27, 2014 10:39 AM

    If he launches and goes to the head / neck and permanently injures someone causing the end of a career, can he be prosecuted ? That’s what this has come to with this assassin.

    How many suspensions and fines does it take to finally figure out that he “wants to hurt” players on the other team. It’s his intention.

    I had to laugh though after he took out Eddie Lacy with a direct helmet crown to the chin hit and then he tried the same thing later against another Packer except this time he concussed himself.

  28. channer81 says: Jul 27, 2014 11:47 AM

    Dude aims high way too many times which overshadows whatever plays he may make, which I can’t remember him doing. I hope Thomas can replace him and we have a Clark/Thomas combination back there.

  29. gohawks7 says: Jul 27, 2014 12:10 PM

    Make him practice with a leather helmet. He’ll learn to tackle correctly quickly.

  30. milwaukeeguy says: Jul 27, 2014 12:43 PM

    Yes, it has been intentional.

  31. jetsbandwagon says: Jul 27, 2014 12:52 PM

    RedSlurs= 0 super bowls since 1992!

    #ChangeTheRacistName
    #RedSlursWishTheyWereTheJets

  32. matt14gg says: Jul 27, 2014 12:57 PM

    Terrible football player…Skins won’t need to worry about BM (how appropriate) suspensions cuz he’s going to get cut.

  33. bearsfan4life says: Jul 27, 2014 1:11 PM

    Tell him for every tackle he makes where he wraps up that he can launch himself.

    Problem solved.

  34. hogsheadcheese says: Jul 27, 2014 1:15 PM

    Why would the red slurs want to be the jets they have only won 1 super bowl way back in the 70s.

  35. drudema says: Jul 27, 2014 1:19 PM

    When are these former players going to wise up and just sue Disney. That is where the big money is. Disney owns ESPN. ESPN is a partner of the league. ESPN spends hours every day of the year promoting the shield. They will also adjust there programming schedule for the NFL. Anyone remember Playmakers?

    Anyone also remember that bit called “Jacked Up” which only highlighted big hits on players. Usually accompanied by very excited hosts screaming “JACKED UP!!” This incentivized marginal players to get attention by delivering cheap hits. When you have players suing the league over concussions and you have an arm of the league that promotes, profits and incourages scumbag tactics, why hasn’t anybody gone after the millions and millions that Disney has profited off the NFL. I’m not a lawyer, but making an argument that the cheap shot artists in this league were influenced by “Jacked Up” seems pretty damn easy. Thats low hanging fruit.

  36. codythao35 says: Jul 27, 2014 1:23 PM

    John’s going to get high hit from Meriweather. He’s the weather man. Give Gruden the storm he’s asking for man.

  37. mp4pack says: Jul 27, 2014 1:59 PM

    It was one of the more memorable moments from last year when he knocked Eddie Lacy out with a cheap shot and then got knocked out himself trying to do the same thing to James Starks.

  38. poiseup says: Jul 27, 2014 2:01 PM

    Still dazed from that hit he tried to lay on James Starks!

  39. gammynomnom says: Jul 27, 2014 2:19 PM

    Who cares what Jay Gruden says, what does RGme say about it?

  40. theheyseed says: Jul 27, 2014 2:28 PM

    Two faced NFL, every ad showing and bragging about the Crushing Blows (think Steve Sabol voice)
    Then selectively flagging and fining players who hit hard.
    Fire Goodell

  41. scw1993 says: Jul 27, 2014 2:42 PM

    Pathetic player on a pitiful team.

  42. remyje says: Jul 27, 2014 5:11 PM

    crazy how you can get suspended now for something that used to be normal for the same amount of games as knocking out your drunk girlfriend

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