Re: Baltimore headhunters
posted at 9/30/2012 6:50 AM EDT
Reed is the same player Rodney Harrison was. He delivers big hits and plays on the edge. As a Pats fan I had little problem with either the hit on Edelman or Branch.
On the Branch one...what would anyone suggest he do? He slightly lowered his head, yes, as he was lowering his shoulder. It's hard to not lower your head while lowering a shoulder.
On Edelman, he was trying to make a play to prevent a TD. Edelman was bobbling the ball and heading to the ground. Again, it's hard to fault the defender for this. Had Edelman caught the ball, as is his job, he has time to get down and defend himself. He bobbled it and is mad he got clocked in the middle of the field. This still is football.
I never thought, and still don't think of Baltimore as a dirty team. They play with a lot of ferocity, they play angry...as EVERY good defense does. Maybe we've forgotten around here because we don't, and haven't had a good D in a while.
Ray Lewis, to me, is the best MLB in league history. Now go watch some highlights of him; he drives through the player, wraps his arms and finishes his tackles. He is NOT James Harrison. Ed Reed is in the same class as Lewis. Why do you think he went up to Branch immediately after, and why do you think Branch shook his hand? Reed is NOT a dirty player.
Are we, as Pats fans, going to cry every time one of our players gets hit hard? If those were penalties and fine worthy in your eyes, don't complain about the Mayo hit and fine.
People want to hate Pollard around here, I get that, he's hurt 3 Patriots, costing Brady an entire season, Welker an entire Playoffs, and Gronk a Super Bowl. Personally, I haven't seen enough of hime playing overall to think he's a dirty player, but he isn't someone who regularly pops up on the fine list, so I have an idea he's not so bad.