Harrison Smith on Trubisky hit: It was a tough, quick decision

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Vikings safety Harrison Smith plans to appeal the $10,026 fine the NFL levied for his hit on Mitchell Trubisky, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

“It was kind of a tough, quick decision on the play,” Smith said.

Trubisky has yet to return to action from the right shoulder he injured on the play. He will miss a second consecutive start this week, with backup Chase Daniel expected to play against the Giants on Sunday.

“I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. I definitely don’t like that,” Smith said.

Smith hit Trubisky after Trubisky threw himself to the ground at the end of a run. Trubisky did not make a feet first slide, but the league made it a point of emphasis this season that a quarterback “not have to slide feet first to be considered to be giving himself up.”

Thus, Smith appears unlikely to win his appeal.

25 responses to “Harrison Smith on Trubisky hit: It was a tough, quick decision

  1. No one on Green Bay’s defense would’ve hit Trubisky like that.

    They never would have gotten there in time.

  2. I don’t like the whole sliding bit. If a QB wants to run, fine, and if they don’t want to get hit, get out of bounds. but the slides seem to be getting later and later, and also if hit while sliding they seem more exposed to head or shoulder injuries in any case.

  3. John Faulstich says:
    November 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    I don’t like the whole sliding bit. If a QB wants to run, fine, and if they don’t want to get hit, get out of bounds. but the slides seem to be getting later and later, and also if hit while sliding they seem more exposed to head or shoulder injuries in any case.
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    Any ball carrier can slide. Anytime. It’s not just for quarterbacks. Most ball carriers elect not to slide. Some less experienced ball carriers do elect to slide. The rule applies to everyone. The defensive players can’t play balls-out stupid anymore. That’s a good thing.

  4. Listen….it was definitely a penalty and we can debate whether he should be fined or not and for how much. But Harrison Smith’s reputation is impeccable. He’s never been a dirty player. It’s football and stuff happens in a split second.

  5. When a QB begins to dive but before he makes contact with the ground he is still moving forward.
    Is he “entitled” to that free extra yard?
    Do you ever see the refs bring the ball back when the QB bends his knees?
    No, they look at where he made contact with the ground.
    So of course a defensive player should go in low with his shoulder, to stop the forward progress and that extra 1,2 or 3 feel.

    To make it “safe” only allow sliding, don’t offer any protection whatsoever for diving.

  6. Of course packer losers are still talking trash about this hit. They keep complaining about their princess getting hit and gone for the season last year. So they think the same for the bores quarterback. Only thing is he out for 2 games and their backup quarterback can win a game not like the cheeseheads qb who can’t even move the ball!

  7. Look Smith has a great reputation as a clean football player. I’m fine with them fining him or even with a penalty, I think it sucks and it’s new age football, but thems the rules. But for the fans calling it a cheap shot or taking shots at harry the hitman, it was not a dirty play. He did not slide for starters, and he was also the ball carrier on a designed qb run, not a long drawn out scramble where he didnt know what to do so he slid. That’s just not what happens. I honestly dont even like the idea of him being able to draw a penalty on a play like a read option because it brings in yet another element for defensive players to have to use their judgement too much on how to hit. It’s already too hard to have to think that much about how and where you are going to hit a guy. The reality is that if the bears are going to continue using trubisky the way they do, stuff like that is going to happen. Quite frankly they’re lucky it hadn’t happened sooner. Again I understand a fine and penalty as much as I dont like it, but harry does not deserve to have his reputation called into question.
    I do have an issue with the amount of designed qb runs across the entire NFL if the rules are going to continue to allow them to slide so late and then punish defensive players caught in a total trap that puts them in position to take a penalty or allow these QBs to slide and get an extra 3 yards based on the spots these refs are giving them. QBs are sliding entirely too late now days. If they’re going to give themselves up, I have no problem with it, but they should absolutely have to do so long before there is a chance of contact, not right at the moment of it. They seem to get extra yardage out of it, and this forced a tackler to do something about it. And I’m not just talking about trubisky. But I will say, if hes going to continue to play the way he does, he is going to get more seriously injured. Idk that this one is as serious as people are letting on. I think they have 2 very weak teams in a row on the schedule and are giving him a break to heal. I dont know that there is anything more to it than that. If I’m guessing, I’d say he could have even played against Detroit.

  8. indiapalealeblog says:
    November 29, 2018 at 8:46 pm
    When a QB begins to dive but before he makes contact with the ground he is still moving forward.
    Is he “entitled” to that free extra yard?
    Do you ever see the refs bring the ball back when the QB bends his knees?
    No, they look at where he made contact with the ground.
    So of course a defensive player should go in low with his shoulder, to stop the forward progress and that extra 1,2 or 3 feel.

    To make it “safe” only allow sliding, don’t offer any protection whatsoever for diving

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    the QB is down where he initiates the slide, not where he ends up. Unless its head first , then you can light him up. You all can say late slide etc. But watch the film, Harrison is diving at the ground to hit him so hje knew he had to go low. Not saying Smith is dirty, but that was a cheap shot

  9. Bottom line this is what happens when you have a QB that runs more than normal. The occasional scamper is okay but when your QB leads the team in rushing in any game its not a good idea and very detrimental to the QB’s health. The odds will start going against you. The injury could cost the Bears a play-off run or maybe the lead in the North, they will have to lean on their defense in the coming weeks. Which isn’t a bad thing but how often are you going to score on defense? It may come down to the game at the House of Pain on the 30 December – AC sprains take 4-6 weeks to fully heal – Trubisky is only 12 days into the injury – things could get very interesting with 1 or 2 Viking wins.

  10. He knew what he was doing. It was the best way to try to stop the Bears and save the Vikings season. It was dirty.

    …and I’d want my safety to do the second thing to them…and worse even.

    – a Bears fan

  11. I didn’t see an issue with the Smith hit on Trubisky. A lot these calls on these slides are tricky because by going down, the QB sliding is actually bringing his helmet or shoulder down to the level of the defender’s helmet, and it happens in a split-second.

    I’m not real fond of the sliding thing, and the intent of the rule was really to protect non-running QB’s who are escaping the pocket, not for QB’s who use the run as a weapon and then slide as a bail-out or an alternative to taking a hit or running out-of-bounds. As it happens, it seems like the sliding is actually problematic because it’s done at the last second so there’s going to be some kind of contact as the defensive player is getting lower for a tackle and then the slider drops his head or shoulder right to that level. I’d rather they get rid of the safety slide completely. Take the sack, take the hit, throw the ball away, or get out of bounds.

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