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Competition Committee will look to expand protection against low hits on quarterbacks

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The Competition Committee meets this week in advance of the upcoming annual meetings. And one of the items on the agenda will indeed be a potential rule change mentioned here 10 days ago.

As noted by NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent, the Committee will look at ways to expand protection against low hits on quarterbacks in the pocket.

But the protection already exists, with defenders not permitted to his quarterbacks in the pocket at or below the knee. The challenge becomes figuring out how to better enforce these protections. The best (and perhaps only) way to do it would be to enhance the penalties for violations of the rule, from increased fines to a quicker path to suspension.

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29 Responses to “Competition Committee will look to expand protection against low hits on quarterbacks”
  1. patsbrat says: Mar 14, 2016 10:30 AM

    …and how about protecting QBs from the NFL hitting them in their footballs?

  2. rrhoe says: Mar 14, 2016 10:31 AM

    How bout they make touching the QB illegal, problem solved.

  3. hawk944 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:34 AM

    Nanny league.

  4. fatsolio says: Mar 14, 2016 10:40 AM

    Not long before they make it against the rules to even hit the QB. Try and go high/bat the ball on release and get a roughing the QB penalty if your hand hits the helmet, however minor the slap is and can’t go below the waist otherwise you get this crap. Just give defenders a 2 foot area they can hit someone as they are running at max speed and often diving.

    The NFL is a joke.

  5. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 14, 2016 10:43 AM

    Are the QBs protected and even pampered a little too much….sure. But I’m sorry, I dont want to see Curtis Painter vs. Chad Henne on Sunday.

    Injuries happen, it’s football. But I’m sick of the crowd stating “where CAN you tackle people?” If you’ve ever played football growing up, you will quickly notice that 90% of defenders cant tackle worth crap. Too busy looking for the big hit, head hunting, helmet to helmet, driving their shoulder/helmet into someone’s knees as they look downward, etc… There are many stud tacklers in the NFL, few get notoriety for it because it’s been deemed “boring” by many fans.

    Enforce the rules that are already on the books. Protect the defenders too, get rid of ridiculous chop blocks, cut blocks, etc…

    A 275 man shouldn’t be able to form tackle a QB, pinning his hands to his sides, and then pile drive him to the turf.
    Why is that good for the game? The refs need to be better at letting the defenders put a good, legal lick on the QB though, something replay could help them examine if needed. Not ALL QB hits should be roughing the passer.

    This all reminds me of baseball and the competition committee trying to think of ways to speed up the game, to play to the younger crowd, yet they have rules already on the books about staying in the batter’s box, and pitchers with a “clock” to throw the next pitch.

    Just enforce the rules better that are already on the books people, stop complicating the beautiful game of football.

  6. blamatina says: Mar 14, 2016 10:46 AM

    Won’t be long before QBs will be wearing flags…

  7. tremoluxman says: Mar 14, 2016 10:51 AM

    What’s next? Giving the QB a dirty look? Breathing on him?

    This points out why paying a QB so much money is insane. By pinning everything on one guy, there’s no money left to pay a really competent QB to step in and take over. With WRs, TEs, RBs, you usually have a couple guys to plug in if one goes down. Why not start a trend and rotate QBs in and out depending on the play or situation?

  8. gregmas1970 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:52 AM

    I love how the NFL thinks that defenders moving at full speed, trying to tackle other guys not only also moving at full speed, but changing direction and position in the blink of an eye can pre-meditate where they will hit that player.

  9. packer4life4ever says: Mar 14, 2016 10:54 AM

    Might want to renew the suspension of Gregg Williams and Sean Payton while you’re at it, that is, if you’re serious.

  10. Stiller43 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:58 AM

    EXPAND the rule?!!!!

    Right now, you hit the QB in the thigh, and it’s considered “low” (I realize the rule is the knees, but that’s them “erring on the side of safety”)

    How much more protected can you get?? It’s FOOTBALL.

  11. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:01 AM

    ………….I have very little respect for todays QB’s and their toughness…..they are treated like china dolls. Go back and watch tapes of how Terry Bradshaw, Doug Williams & various old school QB’s were mauled, slamed to the ground, and basically beaten up while playing the position. When they completed passes it was under intense pressure.

  12. ncphinsfan says: Mar 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Uh, Oh…. That reciculous NY Giants Contract for Olivier Vernon is starting to look even worse. He does one or more of these in every game! Good Luck with that. It is a bold statement, but imagine having Suh on your Team and he wasn’t even known as the cheap shot artist last year.

  13. jerry944 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Im all for players safety but come on..u cant hit them high cant hit them low cant take more than one step after he throws it..going overboard on this now..its football

  14. mogogo1 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    Oh great. We’re going to start seeing flags when the defender was clearly being pushed down by the offensive lineman.

  15. randomguy9999 says: Mar 14, 2016 11:09 AM

    rrhoe says:

    How bout they make touching the QB illegal, problem solved.

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    the common fan line is to criticize NFL protection of QBs as making the game softer

    reality is that the NFL is plagued with a lack of top flight QBs right now, how many true franchise QBs are in the entire NFL at this point? 5? 6?

    it’s a lot better to see franchise guys shooting it out rather than continuing to have junk playoff games, so the NFL is completely right to make sure they don’t get knocked out as often…

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 14, 2016 11:10 AM

    Manning is somewhere thinking this effort is too little too late considering how Akeem Ayers with the Patriots finished off his career. Manning was never the same after that low hit and retired a year later.

  17. staff2cj says: Mar 14, 2016 11:10 AM

    Not sure why the sport is called football

  18. ravenbiker says: Mar 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    tremoluxman says:
    Mar 14, 2016 10:51 AM

    What’s next? Giving the QB a dirty look? Breathing on him?

    This points out why paying a QB so much money is insane. By pinning everything on one guy, there’s no money left to pay a really competent QB to step in and take over. With WRs, TEs, RBs, you usually have a couple guys to plug in if one goes down. Why not start a trend and rotate QBs in and out depending on the play or situation?

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    You mean besides the fact that there aren’t 32 starting caliber QBs in the league as it is?
    The problem is 3fold:
    1) The QB has become too important with the emphasis now on it being a passing league and de-emphasizing running, so the days of having an average Qb and a stellar running game and getting far are almost a thing of the past, Manning’s SuperBowl win notwithstanding.
    2) The size and speed increase of the defensive players have increased the force a player is hit almost exponentially. In the past, like the era of Montana and before that Unitas, if they were big, they were rarely fast and if they were fast, they were rarely big, so the hits, were not as devastating to joints.
    3) The rise of the prima donna quarterback. We have seen an increase in the quarterbacks that WHINE to officials if they are looked at cross-eyed, much less hit like a FOOTBALL player gets hit and also of the officials catering to said whiners.

  19. bills1oftheseyrs says: Mar 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    The simple and only fair way to do it would be put flags on the QB and no touching the QB right? Could be the answer to get more good QB’s in the league could get Montana, Young, Marino, Kelly, Farve and a whole bunch others to come out of retirement if they didn’t have to worry about getting hit. Bet Marino could get a few 500 yards per game and 6 or 7 k in season. Sounds like a good plan NFL!

  20. nflequalswwe says: Mar 14, 2016 11:34 AM

    Good lord it’s fine as it is (maybe even a tad overkill but still workable)…why don’t we just throw a tutu over their uniform and if you hit them below the bottom of the skirt it’s a 4 game suspension??

  21. ( . Y . ) says: Mar 14, 2016 11:44 AM

    I understand the sentiment that it is becoming flag football. But at the same time, I am not buying the argument that pro athletes running full speed cant control themselves and “aim” the hit.

    Lets use the example in the above picture (Suggs/Bradford). Explain to me how the speed of the game was a contributing factor? Suggs is faster than Bradford. I would argue Suggs is quicker than Bradford. So how are speed/quickness a factor in Suggs diving into Bradford’s knee??? It isn’t like Suggs aimed for the waist, then Bradford levitated for a brief moment, and then Suggs hit him in the knee because of the levitation move. Suggs made contact exactly where Suggs intended to make contact. That isn’t to say Suggs was trying to blow up his knee, I am just saying Suggs dove low on purpose.

    To me, the speed of the game is irrelevant. It is all relative. Pro defenders are the fastest of the fast, that is how they became pros. Pro offensive players are the fastest of the fast, that is how they became pros. You will not convince me that a player aiming for the waist is going to end up going helmet to helmet. You will not convince me that a player aiming for the waist is going to blow out his opponents knees. You will never be wrong if you hit a player in the waist. Its all about “want to”. If you want to hit the waist, you will. If you want to knock the opponent out of the game, you will go below the waist, or above the waist. And that’s what this is all about. I can guarantee you, there are players that go high on the QB, because the penalty for going high is more than worth it, if they successfully take the QB out. Just saying…

  22. magnumpimustache says: Mar 14, 2016 11:45 AM

    Tom Brady to play until he is 48.

    Cam Newton will retire before Brady

    Ha ha ha

  23. annapterp says: Mar 14, 2016 11:55 AM

    The slow decline of the NFL continues….

  24. churchofthehoody says: Mar 14, 2016 12:03 PM

    Seriously more protection for qbs???

    Ok cool I guess… Looks like Brady really will get a chance to play another 20 yrs…:)

  25. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 14, 2016 12:04 PM

    I agree that I don’t want to see a game with scrub QBs but it’s getting ridiculous. You can’t even get near their head because then you get called for a foul and if you try to hit his arm when he’s throwing and come close to his head you get a flag. You can’t hit them low, even if you are already on the ground without getting a penalty. What are they going to do now, say you can only touch him in the numbers. Just put a dress on them and be done with it. Either that or make a rule that if you touch him he’s down. It’s ridiculous that the offense can basically do anything they want to defenders (chop block anyone) yet the defense gets called for a foul for anything. The defense has to be able to play otherwise it might as well just be touch football.

  26. stexan says: Mar 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Defensive players will be required to count to “3 Mississippi” before rushing the passer.

    (Just announced: NFL teams to require remedial counting classes for defensive players.)

  27. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    magnumpimustache says:
    Mar 14, 2016 11:45 AM
    Tom Brady to play until he is 48.

    Cam Newton will retire before Brady

    Ha ha ha

    ——————+

    I wouldn’t count on this now we have Suh in our division. He twisted Brady’s ankle and we lost #1 playoffs seed in 2015. How many more ankle twists or low hits can a 39 year old QB really take?

  28. j huber says: Mar 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    Somebodies gotta be kidding. If a DE gets within a country mile of Brady, the Zebras are calling roughing the passer. But the same rules somehow allow Bridgewater to get slammed to the ground, with a zebra less than a foot away, and nothing is called. As usual, zebra bias, is way more important than rules.
    The league already has too many Prima Donna QB’s. If you gonna make QBs untouchable, nobody need a good defense, or a stout pass rush. Also, kill the sacks stats, since that will also be overcome by stupidity.

  29. nflequalswwe says: Mar 14, 2016 12:26 PM

    “If a DE gets within a country mile of Brady, the Zebras are calling roughing the passer.”

    Somebody didn’t bother to watch the AFC title game – great regurgitation of a narrative though. And contrary to the other narrative surrounding Brady, he didn’t look to the refs for a flag once. He did however give his O-line an earful several times, and I suspect THEY were buying dinner that evening.

    It will be interesting to see if they can stay healthy enough to be in the mix to repeat with a retread QB and less depth on that fearsome defense…..

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