Re: Reed suspended one game for multiple violations of hits to the head.
posted at 11/20/2012 2:09 PM EST
In response to shenanigan's comment:
In response to AZPAT's comment:
I will say, and no one can even consider countering with this fact: if you (a player) aims for the large torso area he will most assuredly NOT get flagged for a helmet to helmet hit, unless the opposing player was on his way down prior to the hit. Imagine! the NFL enforcing rules about contact with a player's head with the focus on concussions!
Yes, it IS that simple. It's time to stop foolish excuses like "He ducked into it", "it was just a slap", etc. Apprently lack of responsibility has hit NFL fanbases, if not the NFL. "IT'S NOT THEIR FAULT!"
Not allowing ANYTHING to get to the head area should be sufficient eniught to understand. But, if players will continually trying to sert their own standards and circumstances, we'll have more flags and more fines. If players are confirtable with this, then we as fans shoudl be just as comfortable with it, even if it costs the team a game.
Players are most certainly not comfortable with it. It is most assuredly not a fact that if you aim for the torso you will not get flagged.
How about they fine players for hits that can cause injury? Or how about they take look at the speed of the game and don't require players to make moves that are humanly impossible like stopping their momentum in a fraction of a second? In Detroit the defensive player tried to avoid the QB at the last moment because Stafford threw the ball as he was about to get hit. As he turned and contorted his body to miss him one of his hands brushed up agains Staffords helmet. Stafford probably couldn't even feel it. It could not have possibly injured someone.
It's plain as day to everyone that these fines are much more about a show of safety to avoid a lawsuit than actually being safe. It's still legal to hit runners in the head.
Now I know it's easier to just make decisions without actually having to think or look at each individual incident. The NFL has enough money and resources to write the rules that protect the players and enforce them. Enforcing broad general rules like saying a "slap in the helmet" is the same as a "hit in the head" is just lazy. It's like saying if you're late to work you get fined, then somebody gets in a car accident that causes them to be late and you say "You have a lack of responsibility!" The circumstances for any incident are always pertinent. Not looking at the circumstances is lazy.
They are enforcing what's easy instead of what's correct. A lack of responsibility is not doing what's right because it's easier to do it the easy way.
If you have never been there, the BIG problem with officiating any sporting event is trying to determine "intent". When this happens, we get the age-old "The ref has money on the game! He's showing favorites! He's been bought and paid for!" No matter what he does, the fans, at least half of them at any event have a strong dislike. So, we have aclear rule about hitting in the head area. It's there for a reason. A hand brush/pinkie touch isn't much, but if not called, what about teh open hand slap? The rule says "No touch!', so the players and coaches need to play/coach to that. Refs officiate to that rule. There is no room to determine intent, no matter how many replays the Talking Heads in the booth see. Yes. it's that simple. It can be done under the well proven guise of "behavior modification", no matter how much the players and fans dislike it. Guess what? We're not calling the shots on this issue. If you think that the fans have any say, you're kidding yourself. We'll bich and moan a lot, especially oif one of our Home Town Heroes gets flagged, but we'll still go back. The worst thing you can do is boycott games. Think someone else will step up and buy the tix if you don't?
I also think that if a player goes down for an injury, and the player making the tackle gets flagged, he needs to sit out just as long as the injured player does. In this case, we're looking at concussions. But, I'll also include other injuriues, if the player is flagged for actions during the play. Fines? Irrelevent, as it's only money. But, force the player to sit out, unpaid (missed pay goes to NFL charities), gives the player lots to think about. This wasn't Reed's first rodeo, and the NFL decided to sit on him hard. My guess is that they are tired of his "side of the story" on his previous fines.
With his history, would you honestly feel the same if, on a pass play to Welker, he nailed him in the head? I seriously doubt it. It's up to the players to take care of themselves. They know this rule is out there, and if they want to walk on the wild side and risk it, they'll eventually get burned. Playing smart and hard is a whole lot better and different than being stupid and reckless.