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NFL To Crackdown on Helmet-To-Helmet Hits


By Rob Trahan(12,495) Rob Trahan

Posted Saturday, November 10, 2007
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A couple of years ago it was the horse collar tackle (Roy Williams still doesn't know that's illegal). This year it's the helmet-to-helmet hit. It's not a new rule, but the offense has been so prevalent that the league felt the need to issue a memo about it.

The Supervisor of Officials, Mike Pereira, issued an official memo instructing officials to object players after flagrant helmet-to-helmet hits. This follows three such hits over the last two weeks. Last week, Redskins safety LaRon Landry hit Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens and Eagles defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey speared Cowboys running back Julius Jones. Both will forfeit a game check for their actions. Two weeks ago, Chargers safety Drayton Florence hit a defenseless Matt Schaub, quarterback for the Texans, and gave him a concussion. Florence was fined $15,000 and Schaub was forced to miss last week's game against the Raiders.

Look, we all know football is a dangerous game and intimidation is certainly part of it. But part of the new emphasis on helmet-to-helmet hits was taking away the cheap shots on quarterbacks, especially after a turnover. This was the case on Florence's hit. Schaub had just thrown an interception and was turning toward the play when Florence left his feet and hit Schaub.

Most of these plays are not about intimidation or just playing football. They are malicious and serve no purpose besides hurting an opponent. Personally, I think it's about time that players were held accountable for malicious hits like horse collar tackles and helmet-to-helmet hits.

Now if we can do something about the malicious play of mediocre quarterbacks.



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