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    "Flagrant hits on defenseless players will result in suspensions

    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 16, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT


    The NFL Competition Committee wants to put players on notice: The league plans to get even more stringent in protecting defenseless players — and suspending players who take cheap shots at their opponent.
    Competition Committee Chair Rich McKay and NFL Executive V.P. of Football Operations Ray Anderson both stressed on a media conference call today that they’re recommending that the owners get even tougher with hits on defenseless players. That includes expanding the definition of what constitutes a “defenseless” player, and suspending players for particularly egregious hits.
    “When warranted, suspensions will be an effective discipline for us. We don’t want to go there but we will do that,” Anderson said. “We need to be aggressive in disciplining.”
    Although no individual players were mentioned by name, it’s clear that repeat offenders, like Steelers linebacker James Harrison, are going to get particular scrutiny.
    “In 2011, if there are repeat offenders or flagrant violators, we are going to hold them aggressively accountable, even if it means suspension — some folks believe that suspension is the real messenger in terms of serious enforcement,” Anderson said. “Some of the hits we had this year, particularly if it’s a repeat offender, that person and that club should know that having that person sit out a game — or multiple games in certain circumstances — is very much on the table.”
    McKay said that when the Competition Committee met recently, “Much of the focus was on the safety rules.” In particular, the Committee is recommending that the owners vote next week on an expansion of the defenseless player rule to protect quarterbacks in the process of passing, receivers in the process of catching, runners who are already in the grasp of a tackler, returners fielding a kick, players on the ground at the end of a play, kickers and punters, quarterbacks at any time after a change of possession, and players who get hit by blindside blocks.
    The Committee also wants to emphasize the prohibition on launching, which it defines as players leaving their feet, springing forward and hitting an opponent with his helmet or facemask.
    Owners are expected to approve the Competition Committee’s recommendations at next week’s league meeting."

    Maybe the NFL should just go to flag football.

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    the art and technique of a clean open field tackle is all but gone and rarely taught anymore,its really a shame ...nothing better than seeing a DB making an unassisted tackle on a RB.But since the days of guys like Prime Time who couldnt tackle his own shadow and only knew how to chip someone out of bounds, it will be a long time before we see a guy stick a helmet and then a shoulder in a players midsection and drive him into the ground,or seeing a guy sweep a ball carrier's legs out from under him..

    players now opt from the strip, or the big hit so they can make the ESPN highlight real...and then there are the cheap shot artists and late hitting gang tacklers like John Lynch, who even knocked out his future BIL with a shot to the head, or the no talent late hitter horse collar Roy Williams...
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
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    Yea, they should get paralized and suffer from brain tramma like real tough men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    Pansy League!
    Spoken like someone who has never been knocked out on a football field.
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    What is gonna happen when " You can't hit the quarterback in the act of throwing"?
    That is just going to ruin the game.
    Oh well, at least there is still hockey.
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    I expect all are looking for utopia. A league where the hits are vicious and no one ever gets hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmylabs23139 View Post
    What is gonna happen when " You can't hit the quarterback in the act of throwing"?
    That is just going to ruin the game.
    Oh well, at least there is still hockey.
    nothing wrong with hitting the QB but "spearing the QB with the crown of the helmet and launching the body like a human projectile" is what they are trying to avoid...the helmet to helmet spearing is what is causing the knockouts...that and playing on turf covered concrete...they need to go back to natural grass for cushion and to slow the game down
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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    nothing wrong with hitting the QB but "spearing the QB with the crown of the helmet and launching the body like a human projectile" is what they are trying to avoid...the helmet to helmet spearing is what is causing the knockouts...that and playing on turf covered concrete...they need to go back to natural grass for cushion and to slow the game down
    You mean, exactly what the NFL has promoted through posters and advertisements and highlights for the past 30 years?
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    Go back to leather helmuts or more realistically, the same helmut for all positions.

    Lessen the safety of the helmut, lessen the use of it as a weapon.


    I wonder if anyone gets that.


    BTW---I have been knocked out on the field and I have delivered a couple of quality hits as well.
    For those that wonder, we had pools on the hardest hit on the QB and we wanted to win it.

    Think it doesn't happen in the pros??



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