NFL: No ejection for Jarvis Landry because we can’t tell intent

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Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry put Bills safety Aaron Williams in the hospital with a brutal hit to the head on Sunday. That hit drew a 15-yard penalty, but Bills coach Rex Ryan suggested afterward that ejecting Landry would have been appropriate as well.

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network that Landry wasn’t ejected because the officials can’t say for sure that Landry was specifically aiming for Williams’ head, as opposed to just making a block and going too high.

“It’s certainly a foul,” Blandino said. “It’s certainly something that we’ll review for potential discipline, but it’s still a football play, and it’s tough to read intent there. That’s why the officials kept him in the game. It’s not an automatic ejection. It’s up to the discretion of the crew and they didn’t feel like it was flagrant enough to throw the player out of the game.”

In college football, a hit like that would be an automatic targeting ejection. In the NFL, there are fewer plays that result in automatic ejections.

“We have very few automatic ejections in the game today,” Blandino said. “If you get two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls in the same game, if you put your hands on a game official in an aggressive way, those are automatic ejections. Punching an opponent.”

That’s an area where college football’s rules make more sense than the NFL’s. If there are going to be automatic ejections at all, an illegal hit to the head that sends a player to the hospital should be something that draws an automatic ejection. College football’s targeting rule has its problems, but it’s a rule that makes more sense than the NFL’s rule of ejecting a player for two taunting fouls, but letting a player stay in the game after a vicious and illegal hit to the head.

87 responses to “NFL: No ejection for Jarvis Landry because we can’t tell intent

  1. In the past you’d read reports during the week where players or coaches would justify their actions/choices in the previous game… Now-a-days, we get a response from the Officials saying why the unclear and hard to interpret rules were enforced the way that they were in the previous game.

    Why is the NFL loosing the interest of people?

  2. I heard Blandino was looking into a foolproof way to fix this pesky bad officiating issue. He said he saw a documentary with Tom Cruise about these three people that can stop crime before it happens. Evidently the league is looking into hiring them.

  3. the constant spin tales to make themselves look good every week despite contradictions from previous plays has made the nfl laughable and puts into further questions the NFL integrity which is roger’s goodells favourite word despite having zero integrity

    the nfl today defended bobby wagners play where he leaped the line and made contact with the opposing team, they defended this despite jamie collins being flagged for it last year

    (please note that collins did it twice last year and once he didn’t make any contact)

  4. I saw the hit live, and there was obvious “intent” he was aiming to take him out. He drew personal foul penalties before that hit and was obviously frustrated in general which is most likely why he decided to take the cheap shot. He should of been ejected and should get “fined” the maximum amount as well. Nice guy but plays dirty with the attitude of a 7 year old.

  5. Just another reeking pile o’ Blandino lies.

    When does intent matter ? If you hit someone in the head by launching its clear intent to me. Its not incidental, its not a maybe, its launching intentionally at the head.

    SMH corruption runs deep in Goodell’s National Integrity League

  6. Landry is a punk. He was strutting around against the Patriots while down three touchdowns. I suspect he can’t count that high.

  7. “In college football, a hit like that would be an automatic targeting ejection.”

    You obviously haven’t been watching that much college football. I casually watch parts of games maybe every other weekend and have seen three obvious targeting penalties go completely uncalled.

  8. That’s an area where college football’s rules make more sense than the NFL’s.
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    Totally disagree. I have seen many ridiculous ejections in the college game due to the targeting rule. There has been a number of instances where the helmets barely grazed eachother and the defender was removed from the game.

  9. Exactly how would you prove intent ? In a football game ? This whole intent concept is absurd , and not just in football . Try getting out of your next speeding ticket by telling the judge you did not intend to speed .

  10. The sport just got too big. Really, no one gives a dang about all of this. We just want to watch good football. But the news is only legalese about “intent” and salacious details about the lives of players off the field.

    I’m looking forward to the league shrinking and returning to being about hard-hitting, gritty-arse football.

  11. More than slightly off topic…….but am I the only one who thinks the throwback Dolphins uniforms are 100% better than what they wear now?

  12. it was a block ya he should not have launched himself true, but didn’t lead with his head & was penalized for it!!! DONE!!! Goodell & piss poor officiating is killing the NFL tho!!!

  13. because we can’t tell intent…what a freaking novel idea! we could apply this to all penalties…false starts, roughing the passer, pass interference, illegal touching…wow, we could have a penalty free game using that logic…Blandino, you’re the man…

  14. Two hits to the head that draw personal fouls should lead to an ejection, similar to the unsportsmanlike rule.

    The fines should also double. If one personal foul draws a fine of $18,002.99, the next (if in the same game) should be $36k, then $72k, 144k, etc.

  15. Intent or not, when you launch at the head of an opposing player, that should be a worse punishment that celebrating too hard twice.

    It wasnt even necessary. It was a block. Shoving him at the shoulders would have had the same outcome as jumping and lowering your shoulder into the guys head

  16. I have a question that is not at all intended to be sarcastic because i simply do not know but: Why did Cyrus Jones get ejected a few weeks ago?

  17. I agree its a rough game, but a leaping lunge to a guys head who is not looking, and then standing over that player and looking at him instead of the play happening around him shows clear intent. No question about it.

    He wasn’t trying to block or prevent the player from making a play, he was intending to injure. Its clear.

  18. Nuance is simply lost on some people. Regardless of whether Blandino is a dirt bag he’s correct here.

    Intent should be involved in a determination to eject a player. How many people support ejecting a player from their favorite team for a head to head hit where the opponent drops his head just before contact? Also, comparing it to requiring intent for a false start penalty is ludicrous.

  19. Fifteen years ago a hit like that would get you the AFC defensive player of the week award.

  20. Just for everyone’s information…..you don’t have to lead with your head for a personal foul to be called…..and furthermore he hit a defenseless player on an illegal crack back block in the head while launching his body. Multiple infractions in his 1 hit. Maybe it isn’t the way it used to be…..but in the new “safe” NFL this play is wrong on so many levels. Landry is just another punk like OBJ….rattle their cage and they can’t handle his emotions. Anyone remember Beckham throwing punches at gilmore last season cause he couldn’t get open early. Not only did this play put aaron williams in the hospital…..there is a chance this cost them the game……Meeks running into Darby on stills td…..and Meeks dropping an int. Both plays could have been very different with williams in the game.

  21. alltee-

    The Collins play took place this year.

    It was on an extra point against Arizona (4th quarter).

    That is why Arizona is so bent. They saw the same play called two different ways in the same season. Then they had to listen to Blandino lie about it- nice.

  22. weepingjebus says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:16 AM
    Landry is a punk. He was strutting around against the Patriots while down three touchdowns. I suspect he can’t count that high.
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    Perhaps that’s why the Fins came back to almost tie the game in the final seconds.

  23. Like the old saying: You know it when you see it. It was obvious he intended to hurt him. Romanowski would be proud.

  24. Landry grabbed Williams’s rear end and then went to the sideline and refused Gatorade. Landry must’ve been pretty upset at himself to refuse Gatorade.

  25. Why is shooting an imaginary bow & arrow a worse offense then launching a helmet to helmet hit ? Was the intent of the imaginary bow and arrow clearer or was it thought that it could potentially do more damage ?

  26. corkspop says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:53 AM
    What is that, the Hillary Clinton defense?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hillary will update you on her intent on Nov 8.

  27. Even if that guy was up for the Nobel Peace Prize before that hit, it was so bad he needed to be ejected from that game. Someone mentioned earlier that every week there are Highly Questionable plays in the NFL spends more time spinning it then the chief of staff of a given political official. That’s why this game is increasingly hard to watch. I’m not going to deny myself watching The Genius of Bill Belichick or the greatness of Tom Brady but the second those guys are done I am done with this league.

  28. I guess if he deleted 44,000 emails and broke 13 Balckberrys and 3 laptops with hammers and used Bleach Bit to clean the records then he would have no intent but this was definitely intent.

  29. Wow, what NCAA games do people watch that see these “uncalled” targeting calls or the “bogus” calls. I watch Bills on Sunday’s, but college all day Saturday’s, the targeting foul is the most consistent call made every Saturday. Not only is it cut and dry (Can’t lead with the crown of the helmet with contact to head or neck area), it’s also reviewable. The NFL should adopt this, as it literally makes no sense for a player to be ejected for taunting, but allowed to keep playing after such a reckless and dangerous hit.

  30. That’s interesting, considering that Mike Carey ejected a player once because he said the player “had malice in his heart.”

  31. “NFL: No ejection for Jarvis Landry because we can’t tell intent”

    That’s never stopped them before. This is why some people believe games are fixed, and why those who feel that way can no longer be dismissed as kooky, stupid, UFO-seeking nutcases.

  32. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 12:10 PM

    Why is shooting an imaginary bow & arrow a worse offense then launching a helmet to helmet hit?
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    That’s a great question that only Goodell can answer, but he ain’t talkin’.

  33. corkspop says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    What is that, the Hillary Clinton defense?
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    I love these extremely balanced and level headed posters who are up in arms about Hillary’s emails, but don’t mind at all if Trump doesn’t reveal his tax returns and won’t allow scrutiny of his own foundation’s activities.

    I guess he has nothing to hide, right Kellyanne?

  34. VenerableAxiom says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:53 AM

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    Perhaps that’s why the Fins came back to almost tie the game in the final seconds.
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    You mean that game where the Pats played a 3rd string QB for 2 and a half quarters? Got it – Miami ALMOST tied the game.

    Congratulations – I’m going to note that in the standings every morning when I read the paper.

  35. This was a great block hands down! All you pansy complaining about Landry not being ejected for hitting the player too hard need to stick to watching ballet. This is football if you don’t like the violent hits then turn the channel don’t come on here and complain about a sport you evidently never played. Landry launched himself at the player’s chest and caught him a little under the chin. He should have been paying attention cause in football everyone is coming at you!

  36. WAAAAAA! Their receivers played too roughly! That’s what all you panty waist whiners sound like. A couple years ago, it would have been a great football hit. He didn’t lead with his helmet, and the the DB was looking straight at him. Scoreboard, move on.

  37. The NFL & it’s Officiating crews are gonna try & read people minds to figure out intent?
    WOW! Has the league really sunk this low?
    Blandino’s a joke – but he saw what everybody else has seen – NOT a head to head shot, but shoulder contact, the flag came because he launched himself into Williams – SO quit whining Bills fans & start worrying about Tom Brady & healthy Gronk – cause payback is on the way in the form of a lot of PO’d Patriots!

  38. Let me get this straight, the “Soft” Dolphins getting complained on by Tough Steelers qb Roesthlisberger, and the tough gritty Bills HC Rex Ryan?
    When did the tables turn?

  39. The same guy was flagged earlier in the game for an unsportsmanlike taunt. His intent was stated then. This guy is a straight up punk.

    Look at how he carries himself, there is your intent.

    This intent thing happened in politics too, as many people have posted. I’m gonna have to remember this whole “intent” thing the next time I’m pulled over.

  40. So you can’t prove intent with a helmet blow, but you guys can prove that a quarterback was “generally aware” of the miniscule amount of ball pressure that went seemingly missing on a cold evening.

    These are the biggest numbskulls in America, right next to the presidential candidates.

  41. Seems like a lot of people want to have it both ways. That’s not going to work out well for them, the NFL, or any fan that once enjoyed football. What it all boils down to is intolerance, not over exposure. If 17 percent fewer people watch the NFL the only way it effects me is I have to listen to some fool comment on the NFL who doesn’t even watch it.

  42. “We have very few automatic ejections in the game today,” Blandino said. “If…you put your hands on a game official in an aggressive way…”
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    Unless it’s the Super Bowl and you play for the Ravens. Then it’s no penalty, no ejection and no fine afterwards.

  43. superpatsfan4 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 12:27 PM
    Even if that guy was up for the Nobel Peace Prize before that hit, it was so bad he needed to be ejected from that game. Someone mentioned earlier that every week there are Highly Questionable plays in the NFL spends more time spinning it then the chief of staff of a given political official. That’s why this game is increasingly hard to watch. I’m not going to deny myself watching The Genius of Bill Belichick or the greatness of Tom Brady but the second those guys are done I am done with this league.
    ****************
    You are making a habit of ending your posts on that note. What you are really saying is as soon your team starts to stink your done. Interesting. Probably quite a lot of the ” Jonny come lately’s think the same way.🏈🌬

  44. Did I just read somebody call that a “Great Block”? Well, last time I checked, that was an ILLEGAL block. Aftermath of the play aside, that block is 100% illegal, that is why it drew the flag. It had nothing to do with the fact that Landry lead with his helmet, left his feet, etc.(Or, targeting). Glad we all know what we are talking about.

  45. You people are a joke, He led with his SHOULDER and hit the guy clean. It is a violent game and just because he decleated the guy doesn’t mean it was illegal!!! He was visibly upset for injuring him. Landry is a little too passionate i agree but he is NOT a dirty player. If that happened to one of the Dolphins i would be pissed off but i wouldn’t say it was an illegal hit. The game is getting too soft. No wonder why the ratings are falling.

  46. Dolphin fans, I know you’re siked for beating the Buffalo B team, a week after beating the Pittsburgh C team, but c’mon. That Florida sunshine be diluting your brains, and such. The hit was ILLEGAL. It is an ILLEGAL crack-back block. Again, aftermath of the play aside, it was illegal! So he illegally hit a player, in the head, with his helmet. That is worthy of an ejection. It was called as such on the field “Crack-back block, #14, offense. 15-yard penalty.” Wow, you people, I assume ratings are down because Americans no longer know how to work a Television, or Google, or their brains.

  47. bludolphan says:
    Oct 26, 2016 1:18 PM

    This was a great block hands down! All you pansy complaining about Landry not being ejected for hitting the player too hard need to stick to watching ballet. This is football if you don’t like the violent hits then turn the channel don’t come on here and complain about a sport you evidently never played. Landry launched himself at the player’s chest and caught him a little under the chin. He should have been paying attention cause in football everyone is coming at you!
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    Yep, sure, uh-huh. Be real “fan”, if the roles were reversed and Landry had taken that shot you’d be whining like a Harbaugh or a Tomlin.

  48. rabidbillsfan says:
    Oct 26, 2016 3:18 PM

    Dolphin fans, I know you’re siked for beating the Buffalo B team, a week after beating the Pittsburgh C team, but c’mon.
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    I had to chuckle. Which team acted like they had won the SB when they beat a one handed 3rd string QB again??

  49. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:50 AM
    Fifteen years ago a hit like that would get you the AFC defensive player of the week award.


    And 60 years ago Landry would have a separate rest room and water fountain.
    Can we please dispense with the “good ol days”?

    Or do we need to detail all the brain dead ex-NFL players, the ones that didn’t die prematurely from CTE that is.

  50. The official explanation was Unnecessary Roughness, not Illegal Crack Back Block. it was not an illegal crack back block ,yet it had all the makings of one(opposing player doesn’t see guy coming right at him)

    If you watch the play you will see that if the Defender was paying attention to more than just his gap assignment, it would have been normal contact.

    It cant be a crack back if there is no misdirection or reverse in direction, to be cracked-backed on.

    It was a tough hit and I really don’t think Landry wanted to hurt that player, but I do think he wanted to block as physically as possible. That’s how he does everything. Physical and all-out’

    Glad to hear the player was back at the team facility and in meetings, etc.

  51. I’m not going to deny myself watching The Genius of Bill Belichick or the greatness of Tom Brady but the second those guys are done I am done with this league.

    ——

    We know, along with the rest of the Patriots fanbase.

  52. Yikes, again another misinformed fan. Landry was “Flexed”, the play was coming to his side, he “cracked-back”. The original ruling references a clip or hit below the waist, but I believe it was amended to include high hits as well (head or neck area). Again, Google, bro. It’s in black and white, Landry committed an illegal crack-back block which is also a 15-yard penalty, and often cited as unspeotmanlike conduct, similar to chop-blocks. Glad we have that cleared up. BTW, I am eagerly awaiting the excuses that filter in from Foxborough when they lose this week. No “one armed, 3rd string QB” excuses this time. Boston Tear Party.

  53. rabidbillsfan says:
    Oct 26, 2016 6:06 PM

    Yikes, again another misinformed fan. Landry was “Flexed”, the play was coming to his side, he “cracked-back”. The original ruling references a clip or hit below the waist, but I believe it was amended to include high hits as well (head or neck area). Again, Google, bro. It’s in black and white, Landry committed an illegal crack-back block which is also a 15-yard penalty, and often cited as unspeotmanlike conduct, similar to chop-blocks. Glad we have that cleared up. BTW, I am eagerly awaiting the excuses that filter in from Foxborough when they lose this week. No “one armed, 3rd string QB” excuses this time. Boston Tear Party.
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    Big talk from an arm chair warrior. Brady is 25-3 against your 4-3 Bills. The same Bills who haven’t sniffed the playoffs since they tried to impeach Bill Clinton. Yes, he has lost so it’s not impossible but I like the odds. Let’s agree to meet back here after the game and the results are official and not a figment of your imagination.

  54. Calls another “arm chair warrior”, while surely plugging away at his keyboard, with a Tom Brady poster on his cieling waiting for his ma to finish the tater tots. Seriously? Maybe the Patriots can score more than, you know, nothing, this time around.

  55. edon8334 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 12:40 PM
    I’m really surprised Bills defenders didn’t go head hunting on him afterward.

    ********************************************

    They did. Clearly and often

  56. It was a great block. I never want to see anybody get hurt but Landry was not out to hit him.

    It seems people want him ejected because somebody got hurt..they are moving 100 mph and that’s going to happen. Had he taken the guys legs out, that would have been a dirty hit. He led with his shoulder and squared up on a player bigger than he was.

    It wasn’t even a blindside block, the DB saw him right there. 10 years ago that wasn’t even a penalty. Kids get cracked like that every Friday night in high school.

  57. Exactly how would you prove intent ? In a football game ? This whole intent concept is absurd , and not just in football . Try getting out of your next speeding ticket by telling the judge you did not intend to speed .

    Lol what? Landry did et a penalty.

    Pre meditated murdered and non meditated have two very desperate consequence and the judge acknowledges they are very different from each other.

  58. Curfster, dude, try google, it’s an incredible thing! You can actually ask it questions, and it somehow gives you relevant answers! It’s insane. What Landry did was a penalty, it has been a penalty for as long as I can remeber, almost 30 years now? It was an illegal crack-back block, it’s in the official NFL rulebook. Like I said, 2 times now, aftermath of the play aside, it was a 15-yard penalty regardless. Launching into the head/neck area should have resulted in an ejection. That is what the NCAA calls targeting. These rules are in place to protect the players, they obviously failed.

  59. Rabidbillsfan

    Williams was not defenseless. Landry did not change directions to make it a crack back. Williams should have had his head in the swivel. You need to have your eyes up or your going to get blasted? It’s happened to me.

    I really hope Williams is ok. It’s the second time he’s had a scare, I hope he walks away.

  60. In a collision sport like football, intent does matter. I’m a Dolphins fan, so I’m a little biased about this particular play, because Landry has always been a class act with no significant history of cheap shots. I just miss the 5 yard facemask, and the 15 yard facemask. I also miss when holding penalties apply to both teams, instead of Cameron Wake getting bear hugged at the line of scrimmage.

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