Todd Bowles on Leonard Fournette’s block on Micah Parsons: “It was legal”

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Von Miller didn’t like it. Micah Parsons definitely hated it, too. Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles made no apologies for the block that running back Leonard Fournette applied to Parsons on Sunday night.

“It was legal,” Bowles told reporters on Monday. “If it wasn’t legal they would have thrown a flag. It was a hard hit and it was legal. As long as it’s in the game and legal, we’ll abide by the rules.”

Miller said that the block “must be taken out of the game.” But why? Yes, it was a big hit. Yes, Parsons was engaged with another blocker. Still, it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. While Parsons apparently didn’t see it coming, Parsons could have. Fournette was moving toward the opposing goal line; it wasn’t a blindside block situation.

It would be nice to know what Miller proposes? No double teams? No chips? Don’t hit a guy too hard, even if the hit is otherwise legal?

For his part, Fournette hasn’t spoken about the hit yet. But he made his views on Parsons’s complaint clear, via use of the Crying Jordan gif.

It’s a shame the Cowboys and Buccaneers won’t play again this season, unless they meet in the playoffs.

23 responses to “Todd Bowles on Leonard Fournette’s block on Micah Parsons: “It was legal”

  1. Parsons needs to move on. He is not the first nor the last dude to get knocked out by a RB. A hit which was legal btw.

  2. Last December when Brady tweeted about doing something regarding hits to the knees,
    (see the Saints cheap shot on Chris Godwin), Parsons tweeted “Lol so let’s stop playing tackle football ?”.

  3. I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting. Yeah, I’m old.

  4. I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting

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    See Nick Chubb.

  5. remizak says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting. Yeah, I’m old.

    ———————-
    I remember when Gale Sayers did it. Yeah, they still let me drive, in the backseat…

  6. didn’t look like a big deal to me, compared to lots of other NFL hits. I just don’t see what’s he’s complaining about.

  7. remizak says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting. Yeah, I’m old.

    I remember Barry Sanders handing the ball off to the refs after every play regardless of how spectacularly insane the moves were he just embarrassed defenders with.
    Yeah, I’m not as old.
    But still old.

  8. backintheday99 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm
    remizak says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting. Yeah, I’m old.

    ———————-
    I remember when Gale Sayers did it. Yeah, they still let me drive, in the backseat…

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    Or Barry Sanders. Run one in for a TD, toss the ball to the official, jog to the sideline.

  9. Mink Parsons was embarrassed that he got taken out by a running back. It was legal. I wish more offensive players would lay the wood to the defenders who think they are the greatest thing since sliced cheese.

  10. It’s a shame the Cowboys and Buccaneers won’t play again this season, unless they meet in the playoffs.

    *Spit my water out when I read the playoff comment.

  11. It’s a shame the Cowboys and Buccaneers won’t play again this season, unless they meet in the playoffs.
    ———————————-
    Yeahhhh it pains me to say this as a Cowboys fan, but the only way they’ll be in the playoffs this year is if the rest of the East falls off. Gonna be a long year.

  12. If you want to see a nasty hit, find some film when the wide receiver did a blind side crack back block on the the defensive end.

  13. They need to remove all contact from the game.
    2 yellow flags, one on each side of the waist line would do it.

    Or maybe players should wear pillows, for extra protection.

  14. “backintheday99 says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:36 pm
    remizak says:
    September 13, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    I miss the days of guys like Walter Payton, who would get up at the end of the play, no matter what happened, and head back to the line. No demonstrations, no trash talking, no complaints or backchat after games, no boasting. Yeah, I’m old.

    ———————-
    I remember when Gale Sayers did it. Yeah, they still let me drive, in the backseat…

    ——–

    Or Barry Sanders. Run one in for a TD, toss the ball to the official, jog to the sideline.”

    john riggins always acted like he’d been there… unlike some today…

    and oh yeah I’m old too lol

  15. If the Saints do the SAME EXACT THING against the Bucs this weekend, 100% chance they throw a flag.

  16. Cowboys whine and complain about everything without accepting their own part. When they got hammered by the niners, all they did was blame the refs.

  17. There was nothing wrong with that block except that Parsons wasn’t prepared for it. It happens. As a Cowboys fan, I wish Tony Pollard would study film of Fournette’s blocking, or even some of Zeke’s blocking. More than a couple of times Sunday, Pollard had an opportunity to chip a pass rusher before going out in the flat but made business decisions each time, and each time it cost Dak time in the pocket. Pollard is usually pretty productive when he gets touches, but he’s a liability in the passing game when it comes to helping out the OL. Fournette, on the other hand, is an all-around RB that the Bucs are fortunate to have. I love the way he plays the game.

  18. There are maybe a block or two I think should be illegal – like the one at the knees of Logan Thomas last year.

    But that one? Sheesh. If that’s illegal, might as well go to flag football.

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