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I do still see good, clean tackling form being used at the lower levels. But when you see these much bigger ball carriers in college and pros running with the ball, the smaller guys really are at a big disadvantage. Get trucked by trying to tackle around the waist or thighs or make it easier by going low and take the legs out. Seems going low and taking the legs out is becoming their preference.
I'm not buying the claims of blaming the new hitting to the head rules being as big of a reason for going low as these players are making it out to be. I think they are using the head rules as a scapegoat to not wanting to take the chance of getting hurt themselves by trying to make a good, clean tackle.
right... It is an excuse because they don't want make the effort necessary to hit a player clean . It's "easier" to just aim at a soft spot and launch yourself. since if you hit a heavier guy in the midsection, You might absorb more of the impact. It might hurt. The tackle will still be made... but we don't want it to hurt. So this is just the easy...(poussie) way out.
The big collision is a self regulating thing. It goes against the instinct of self preservation. So it takes courage to measure and throw yourself into a collision. The alternative is to aim low at the soft spot. Co-Ward= Pousssie.
This is correct. These defenders are hiding behind the guise of "ol Rogie told us we can't hit high, so we're going to be belligerent and start taking out people a the knees now like spoiled babies playing the victim card".
That's essentially what is happening. As if the mid section, waist, thigh, ankles, etc, aren't plenty of targets to make a hit? You can do that or wrap up. This whole victim card by the D is getting old.
It's very simple. No leading with your helmet to the head and not at the knees. The latter is certainly more about following the code, but clearly should now be in the rules. If someone goes at your knees in hockey, you get beaten into a bloody pulp. Most NHL players respect the code, even if this Millenial Generation is not doing it as much.
Go look at the cheap shots the Bruins took this past week.
Over 40 ACLs recorded this year, almost DOUBLE from 2011.
That's not a coincidence. There were 30+ last year, so it's clearly trending up at this point.
Goodell must step down and get a clear headed, non-knee jerk leader in there.
Devastating and like you said it has been like a code of conduct rather than a rule but it has gone too far. Not just that our player goes down but that it was so unnecessaary ( while the poussie Ward claims that he had no choice....) Clearly the deed must be spelled out so there is no dispute...