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Around The NFL at the halfway point of the season

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The NFL is having a fairly lackluster season so far. Most teams that I’ve seen play are simply mediocre or just downright bad. I constantly look at teams with 5-2 records and say to myself “Really?”

– I haven’t seen the Bengals play much this year so I can’t really give a very informed opinion on the team other than to say that I can’t believe they are 5-2 based on what I have seen of them. Their offense, from what I’ve seen, is just flatout mediocre. Given that, I still don’t think it’s a lock that the Ravens finish ahead of them. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Bengals find themselves in the playoffs this year and the Ravens out. The Ravens are definitely overrated. Mediocre QB, mediocre offense and an overrated and aging defense.

– The AFC, overall, is still a crapshoot as far as what teams will ultimately make it into the playoffs. Chargers, Chiefs, Texans, Titans, Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Bills and Patriots are the teams most likely to make it in at this point. Don’t want to jinx the Steelers, but outside of them I don’t think there are any 100% sure locks for the playoffs right now in the AFC. Maybe either the Ravens or Bengals considering how easy their schedules are.

– I still can’t believe Norv Turner is STILL the coach of the Chargers. Are the Chargers even serious about winning a Super Bowl? Apparently not.

– The Bills could do some damage in the playoffs. They are for real. How good they are is hard to say but they are legit.

– I can’t believe the Giants are 5-2. They lost to the Seahawks at home for crying out loud! Everytime I’ve seen them play they’ve looked like dogshit in a basket. Eli has to be the luckiest QB I’ve ever seen play in the NFL, whenever he throws it deep, it’s usually a lollipop special that somehow is either completed or a DB drops a sure INT. I’ve never seen anything like it.

– Still not convinced the Eagles “are back” like the media seems to be so intent on believing. I mean, the team is 3-4. There are 8 teams currently in the NFC that have better records and Michael Vick is still one of the most overrated QB’s in the NFL.

– Are the Lions going to collapse in the 2nd half of the season? Is this team actually cursed? Or are things different this year in Detroit? In 2007, the Lions started off really well with a 6-2 record with QB Jon Kitna at the helm before losing 7 of the last 8 games en route to a third place finish in their division.

– Say what you want about the Harbaugh boys, these guys apparently can coach. Think about the job both are doing with what are fairly mediocre teams on paper. I still don’t know how in the hell the 49ers are 6-1. Maybe playing in maybe the worst division ever in the NFL has something to do with it, but still very impressive (a road win in Detroit? Not bad.). Jimmy Harbaugh is my coach of the year so far. And the Ravens, IMO, have consistently overachieved with John Harbaugh as coach. On paper, the team simply isn’t very good. Flacco is B-level, no WR’s, an aging defense.

– Cam Newton continues to impress even though the Panthers keep losing.

– Uh, that’s about it I guess. I think the Packers are an almost lock for a repeat trip to the Super Bowl. It’s not that the Packers are a great team without any weaknesses (they definitely are not), it’s the fact that the NFC blows this year. What team is going to beat the Packers in the playoffs in the NFC? I’m not saying it can’t or won’t be done, but I’m finding it fairly unlikely as the season progresses.

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Around the NFL Week 7

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

* This will be a continually updated post for the early games today in the NFL.

– I think I’ve just seen the worst call ever in the history of the NFL. The Seahawks were just called for a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty when Seahawk safety Kam Chancellor hit and sacked Browns QB Colt McCoy. On the play, Chancellor lowers his helmet and hit hits McCoy (with his shoulder!!!) in the mid section and tackles him. I have to ask again – WHAT EXACTLY WAS WRONG AND ILLEGAL ON THE PLAY, WHAT IS THE DEFENDER SUPPOSED TO DO DIFFERENTLY ON THE PLAY???? The vast majority of tackles includes the defender lowering his body and helmet and making the tackle. I’m almost done watching the NFL after this call.

– I can’t believe I’m watching this Browns-Seahawks game. It’s horrible, thanks NFL.

– No surprise that the Chargers are up right now 14-3 over the Jets in NY. The Jets are not a very good team right now. Too many holes and potential team cancers (Santonio Holmes). Combine that with a mediocre QB and you have an average team.

– Colt McCoy is a bad QB. And I don’t see that changing. He’s bad.

– Amazing that an NFL team is starting Tim Tebow at QB. Proof that teams should always be questioned, especially when that same team spends a 1st round pick on Tim Tebow.

– Matty Hasselbleck is currently 5/13 for 60 yards and an INT. Ouch. Looks like the honeymoon in Tennessee is over.

– I really hate NFL.com’s website. It sucks and is a good reflection of Goodell. Ads everywhere, slow and poorly laid out. Whenever I try to load a page a video ad pops up that I can’t disable. Whenever I try to watch a video on there I’m hit with about a minute long ad. NFL = GREED.

– There are probably more  mediocre and bad teams now than ever in the NFL’s history. I can only name about 4 or 5 legitimately good teams right now.

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October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Much has been made about the abrupt decline of the Steelers run defense and for good reason – it’s been downright awful this year. But in today’s NFL you need to have an offense than can average over 20 points a game to be relevant. The Steelers offense is averaging just 14 points a game through 4 games this year. And outside of the Ravens, it’s not like the Steelers have been playing against great defenses.

The defense is being criticized more and more, which is understandable, it’s a big concern, but the fact is the Steelers defense is allowing an average of 18 points a game, currently 5th best in the NFL, the Steelers offense, meanwhile, with their average of 14 points a game is 4th WORST in the NFL. With the talent on this offense, that is simply inexcusable. To put it into perspective, this offense is scoring less, on average, than the Manning-less Colts! In today’s NFL you simply cannot get by on 14 points a game, way too hard, even with a great defense.

Serious changes obviously need to be made. Coaches need to start doing their job instead of just coasting along, oblivious or simply unwilling to address the obvious problems with this team. The O-line is the convenient scapegoat in all this, but part of their bad play is literally the direct result of predictable playcalling, bad QB play and bad gameplanning. For serious changes to be made the coaches and Ben need to look at themselves. The O-line is what it is this year, not much is going to change in this area of the team, outside of the possibility of the O-line simply “gelling” as the season moves along. The gameplanning, the QB play, the gameday preparation all need to improve drastically for this offense to get back on track. Doubtful it happens, but this is the only way the offense will actually improve, it won’t be by holding out hope each week that the O-line somehow drastically improves, while Ben continues to sit back in the pocket for eternity, waiting for the homerun ball.

It’d be nice if the head coach of this team actually showed some balls and started to hold coaches and players accountable for what amounts to bad and predictable gameplans, questionable personnel moves and half-assed individual performances. He can start with himself and move down the line. Right now, he’s simply Mr. Do-Nothing, just like he’s always been. Fire someone, get mad, change SOMETHING in the team, the gameplanning, practice, etc. When is Tomlin going to actually do something pro-active for a change?

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– The NFL continues to head downhill. Numerous dumb penalties that are killing the competitive nature of the sport are occurring in numerous games every Sunday, the days of fielding a super team are quickly becoming a thing of the past (if they aren’t already) and mediocrity seems like it’s here to stay. Defenses are quickly becoming nothing more than a speed bump for offenses. Want proof? Cam Newton has about three 400 yard passing games so far! You have got to be kidding me. Just a joke. But maybe that’s what most (casual) fans want and the NFL has it right – More teams have a shot at fielding a winning team every year, even if it’s at the expense of legitimately great teams and defenses. Personally, I am quickly losing interest.

– The Falcons barely beat the Seahawks in Seattle after having a big lead for a good part of the game. Like I said, Falcons are not a very good team, especially their defense which made Seahawks QB Tavaris Jackson look like a good NFL QB.

– Baltimore is a better coached team than the Steelers. There, I said it, and it’s true. Harbaugh may be a douchebag but at least he is a legitimate head coach.

– The Cowboys and Romo continue their choking ways as they lose to the Lions after leading by like 21 or something. No surprise there, unless you listen to the dummies on Fox, CBS and ESPN. It’s like these guys continually forget about Romo’s choking ways after every Cowboys victory. The guy choked like 3 weeks ago against the Jets, he choked yesterday by throwing 3 INT’s in the 2nd half! And he’ll choke numerous more times later this year! The guy is simply a loser, some players have the killer instinct and nerves of steel, others don’t.

– I’m going to say it right now – NO way do the Eagles, Jets, Ravens or Cowboys ever win the Super Bowl with their current starting QB’s. Vick is simply not good enough to get through the gauntlet that is playoff football, same goes for Sanchez, Flacco and Romo. QB play is arguably more important than ever in the NFL and I find it extremely hard to believe that any one of those teams with their current QB can make it all the way to the Super Bowl. In the playoffs, the QB’s will be called on repeatedly to make clutch plays and these guys just don’t have it.

– Speaking of the Eagles, what happened to their supposed great defense??? Alex Smith (yes, ALEX SMITH) had incredible numbers yesterday and the Eagles run defense is horrible. Forget about this team making the Super Bowl, I doubt they make the playoffs at this point.

– I think Tennessee is one of the real big surprises this year. They have looked shockingly really good. Maybe even more surprising is how well Matt Hasselback is playing, which is probably better than he’s ever played and the guy is like 38 and was never that good to begin with! Tennessee went into the Cleveland and spanked the then 2-1 Browns, 31-13.

– Packers look like pretty dangerous right now. It’s still early but they look like the obvious favorite to repeat as NFC Champs. Who is going to stop them in the NFC? Giants? No. Eagles? No. Falcons? No. Lions? Still too inexperienced, IMO. I think the only team that can do it will be the Saints.

Around The NFL Week 3

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Did the officials have money riding on the Broncos in the Denver-Tennessee game? Just horrible, one-sided officiating. It seemed like every positive play the Titans had in the 1st half was strangely called back for a phantom holding call or some other sort of BS. On one play, the Broncos had about a 30 yard punt return up to around mid-field, the problem? There was CLEARLY a block in the back right in front of the returner! No call. On a 3rd down for the Broncos, a flag came in about 4 or 5 seconds into the play. The call? Defensive offsides! How is it possible to throw a flag that late on that kind of call? Later in the half the officials ruled an incompletion on a pass to former Steeler WR Nate Washington. The Titans challenged the play, since it was OBVIOUS that the ball never touched the ground, just not possible given the dimensions of a football, even with Washington’s arm blocking the view of part of the ball. Of course the call was upheld and the Titans had to punt, but the snap was bobbled by the punter and the punter ran for a first down. It was like a “fuck you” to incompetent officiating everywhere. The Titans ended up winning the game even though they had 11 penalites, half of which were bullshit, and the Broncos just 1!

John Fox is the head coach of the Broncos? When the hell did that happen?

Nate Washington looks like he’s gained some muscle since his Steeler days. He looked really good today, more physical than he was in Pittsburgh.

There was also horrible officiating in the Patriots game, shocker! And of course most of the bad calls were against the Pat’s opponent, which happened to be the Bills. Just more bullshit PI penalites, hitting defenseless WR’s, roughing the passer, etc. The typical calls that are ruining the game and which will in all likelihood make me stop watching the NFL pretty soon. Even with the deck stacked against them, the Bills played a hell of a game and beat the Pats. Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to be a much better QB than most ever thought he’d be. And the Pat’s defense still looks pretty bad. This game showed just how much the Patriots rely on Brady. Suck it, Goodell. I couldn’t believe the stat they showed on TV, the Bills haven’t beaten the Pats since 2003! 15 consecutive games. Wow.

In the battle of the two most overrated QB’s of the past decade, Eli “Slowball” Manning and Michael “Mr. Inaccurate” Vick, the officiating was also pretty mediocre. Eli finished with 4 TD’s but looked unimpressive as ever and Vick was injured or just gave up in the 2nd half, not sure which. Vick looked mediocre throughout the game, showing his typical inaccuracy and was lucky to not have 3 INT’s by halftime, instead the stat sheet will show just one. The Eagles ain’t looking so pretty as a Super Bowl contender now at 1-2.

Speaking of Vick, after the game he was whining about not getting late hit calls. Vick might have a legitimate gripe, but to whine about this after a game looks like sour grapes. I think less late hits should be called, period, because most of the time in today’s NFL they aren’t late hits or roughing the passer hits.

How about the 3-0 Detroit Lions? Stafford and that offense is looking pretty good through the air. Stafford had great numbers, although their run game was non-existent, but maybe that’s not an issue anymore in today’s pass happy NFL. It’ll be interesting to see the Lions-Packers games this year. I’m not sure the Lions are ready to take the division yet, but we’ll see. I wonder if McNabb will just retire halfway through the season, that would be funny. The Vikings are looking bad at 0-3.

Woah, woah, woah. Joey Porter is still playing in the NFL? AND Clark Haggans? It’s true, the Cardinals are a repository for cast off Steelers. The Seahawks get their first win over the Cardinals, but I still think they may be the worst team in the NFL. The good news for the Hawks is they play in what may be the worst division in the history of the NFL this year.

The Atlanta Falcons are one of the most overrated teams in the NFL this year. Don’t be surprised if they don’t make the playoffs this year. Same goes for the Buccaneers, who get the win over the Falcons today. Neither team is very good.

Good luck figuring out the Chargers. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Raiders win that division this year, who beat the Jets today. The Chargers have a horrible head coach (Norv Turner) and a bunch of holes all over their team.

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Monday Thoughts

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

The Steelers cruised to an easy win in yesterday’s game. Is there anything we can gather from the blowout?

– In the 2nd half Ben had some really nice passes. He also got rid of the ball quicker and checked down a few times. But he still had a number of passes that were just off. It actually amazes me that he finished with the numbers that he did. This kind of play has been a pattern under Ben, though. It’s clear at this point that the coaches aren’t interested in correcting or improving his game at all.

– I really would like to see Redman get more carries and Mendenhall transition more to a receiving threat. I was a big fan of Mendenhall in his first year with the Steelers but it’s clear at this point that he isn’t going to be premier RB. He doesn’t break tackles, doesn’t have breakaway speed, has questionable vision, carries the ball haphazardly at times. He can still be really effective but I believe the best way to get production out of Mendy is to use runs to the outside with him and as a receiving threat out of the backfield. Mendy doesn’t like contact but seems to like the open field and has good hands, get him out there. Yesterday’s game was more proof of the above, Mendy struggled with inside carries, while Redman excelled. Here are the stats from yesterday –

Mendenhall – 16 Car. 66 Yds. 3.5 Yd. Avg., 2 Rec. 12 Yds.

Redman –  11 Car. 49 Yds. 5 Yd. avg.

But I think the Steelers really need to look into getting another RB in the draft. Mendy isn’t worth a big payout and while I like Redman, he’s not an every down back.

– Let’s all hope the Steelers O-line is not being continually re-shuffled as the season wears on. That, of course, is a recipe for disaster. The O-line is mediocre enough right now, re-shuffling players will only make it worse. I know there have been injuries already, but the coaches need to settle on who the starters will be the rest of the way so there can be some cohesion later in the year. If the coaches are too incompetent to do that, it’s time to find some other  coaches. There continues (or at least it seems) to be a lot of indecisiveness, questionable moves and an overall lack of development in this area of the team.

– I read on another Steeler site that Ziggy Hood only played on 10 downs in last week’s game. Which is totally crazy, of course. It’ll be interesting to see how many downs Hood got in yesterday’s game. I don’t remember seeing him too much out there but I could’ve just missed him. Aaron Smith and Brett Kiesel are already showing signs of old age two games into the season. Which is all the more reason to get your FIRST ROUND PICK into the game. The guy has only been on the team 3 years and is barely playing. Totally absurd.

– Anyone else a little concerned about Suisham? He missed a 44 yard FG wide yesterday. Suisham had a surprisingly good season last season for the Steelers but his overall career so far as a kicker is far from impressive. His overall career kicking percentage is just 80% and kicking in Heinz Field is one of the hardest places to kick. He had his best year last season by far, let’s hope he continues to kick well for the Steelers.

Rant Time (Around The NFL and College Football)

I was watching the Washington Huskies – Nebraska Cornhuskers game on Saturday and once again College Football’s corrupt ways shined through. The Huskies, big underdogs to the #10 ranked Cornhuskers, was playing an extremely competitive game throughout the 1st half in Nebraska. At the end of the half with about 2 minutes left the Huskies punt the ball with the score tied 17-17. On the play the Nebraska return man runs up to fair catch the ball, he trips over his own player and the ball hits him in the leg. The Huskies recover the fumble deep in Cornhusker territory, looking to go up at the half. The officials call a penalty on the Huskies for “fair catch interference”.

Not only do the Huskies not get the ball but they are penalized 15 yards!!! which gives the Cornhuskers the ball close to mid-field. All on a totally, 100% bullshit penalty that never occurred, even the announcers were flabbergasted at the call. This call totally turned around the momentum in this game. And to do that to an underdog on the road is just inexcusable, but it happens all the time in college football. The Huskers, after the penalty, drive down for a FG, which gives them the lead 20-17 at halftime. We are looking at a 6 point swing, possibly 10 point swing on that one penalty. Arguably the biggest single play of the game.

At the beginning of the 2nd half, guess what? ANOTHER “fair catch interference” penalty, even though the Nebraska return man NEVER signaled for a fair catch! Unbelievable. And then to top things off, the Huskies attempted an onside kick towards the end of the game and yep, ANOTHER “fair catch interference” penalty!!! ON AN ONSIDE KICK??? Has that ever happened in the history of football??  Has any team been penalized for 3 “fair catch interference” penalties in a single game? The Huskies were ripped off big time. This kind of shit makes me not want to watch football. And I’m not saying the Huskies would’ve won the game, but those calls (especially the first one) totally change the game and take it out of the players hands. For the refs to basically handicap an underdog on the road who is fighting and showing a ton of heart is just bullshit, plain and simple.

Does Bob Costas look just like Mark Hamill? Maybe they’re the same person.

Can Chris Collinsworth shut the hell up just once concerning roughing the passer penalties? Seriously, every hit on a QB in Sunday night’s game was followed by something like “Was that helmet to helmet? ABSOLUTELY!” or “Was that a borderline hit? I think so.” (On a clearly legal hit) – “Is that called sometimes? Yes, borderline.” It’s pretty clear that Collinsworth is just a mouthpiece for the front office of the NFL and does not represent the majority of the fans or players. Just shut up already, you dumb fucker, you’re ruining what fun is left in the NFL. It’s almost like he gets off on looking for penalties.

Collinsworth was also off on his commentary in other areas. Saying that the Eagles blitz got to Ryan, after Ryan had about 3 or 4 seconds to get rid of the ball. WTF? That’s called a coverage sack, Collinsworth.

There was some horrible officiating in the Falcons-Eagles game. Talk about bullshit calls. The roughing the QB penalty in the 2nd half on Abrahams was just ridiculous. The officials clearly wanted their presence felt, which is bad for everyone else. When is the NFL going to realize that?

The Eagles looked pretty tough, but I’d have concerns about Vick. Pretty much every single one of his passes was off the mark. Even the ones that were complete, WR’s and TE’s were continually having to contort their bodies or jump or dive to get his passes, and most of the time the Eagles WR’s were wide open. When youngster Mike Kafka came in for an injured Vick I thought he played better than Vick. Something you of course will not hear in the media because it’s Vick and the Eagles lost, but Kafka was 7/8 and his passes were more accurate. His only incompletion was a drop by WR Jeremy Maclin that hit him right in the numbers. Maybe he wasn’t ready for a perfectly thrown ball? Zing!

The Falcons didn’t look very good, even with the win, their defense looked really bad. I do have to say that old man TE Tony Gonzalez was kicking ass all over the field. I also have to give credit to Matty Ice for finishing the game, he got brutalized on a few plays but finished with 4 TD passes. I won’t be getting on the Falcons bandwagon anytime soon, though, way too many holes.

After watching the Chargers-Pats game I’m 100% convinced that the NFL is headed the Arena Football route. Minimal defensive play and wacky balls galore. The Pats offense should scare Pats fans, it is an offense that HEAVILY relies on Brady to complete some crazy passes. They should pull back on some of those schemes and start dinking and dunking a little more to ensure more offensive stability later in the year. No doubt they will tear it up during the regular season but come playoff time I’d be a little concerned. Same goes for the Chargers. Both teams are like one man wrecking crews that rely on their QB’s. And both teams have medicore defenses. Such is the way in the NFL these days.

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September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Watching the Saints/Packers game was somewhat entertaining, but the defenses for both teams seemed to be almost a non-factor, which quite frankly sucks. Welcome to the new NFL that Roger Goodell has in mind. We better get used to or find another sport to watch (which eventually I very well might). The problem with the NFL becoming an offensive showcase each game is the games themselves become the same thing over and over again, where is the fun in that? Sorry, but I’m not looking forward to games where whoever has the ball last has a shot at winning the game by running the spread offense. A game that will likely be something like 34-38 in the fourth quarter. Maybe that sounds great to some fans, but trust me, after watching this scenario play out week after week in multiple games, your opinion might change.

Everyone is on the Packers bandwagon, with crazy talk like at halftime of last night’s game concerning whether the Packers might break some records this year on offense. Wow, hyperbole at it’s best. The Packers do stand a good chance of making it back to the Super Bowl but I can’t shake the feeling that this offense relies a little too heavily on Aaron Rodgers and a “sling it all over the field” type of offense. I was actually more impressed by what I saw out of the Saints offense. They have three very solid RB’s to compliment Brees and the Saints passing game. The problem with the Packers offense is the repeated pinpoint type of passes that is required from Aaron Rodgers, that’s a lot of pressure on one player game after game and on paper it’s a very high risk type of offense. Can Rodgers keep this up for an entire season and into the playoffs again? Maybe, he’s a great QB, but a more balanced offense, or at least an offense that doesn’t rely on so many super accurate passes downfield, might give the Packers a better shot at making it back to the Super Bowl. We’ll find out, but keep in mind that the Patriots, as great as they are in the regular season, haven’t won a playoff game in 4 years and their offense has progressively become more and more finesse, requiring more pinpoint type passes from Tom Brady downfield each year.

Also, here’s a little secret – the Packers defense isn’t that great. Solid, at times really good, but that’s as far I’d good at this point. Brees had over 400 yards, 3 TD’s, 0 INT’s, on the road in Lambeau Field. Case closed.

Al Michaels looks pretty good for being 107. Seriously, great play by play guy.

Peyton Manning’s injury and recent surgery may doom the Colts season. Fine with me. I’ll be happy if the Colts don’t make the playoffs for once. It’ll be good to see another team from the AFC take their place (Texans, is it finally your year?).

I saw Wrecked starring Pee Wee Herman impersonator Adrian Brody the other night. Not bad, not really that good, either. I’ll give it 2 and a half roethlisbergers out of 5. The film is about a guy that is involved in a car crash in the woods and can’t remember exactly what happened. Cool plot but the story and script could’ve been better.

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Around The NFL

October 21, 2010 Leave a comment

– Well, the fallout has already began from the NFL over reacting to a handful of hits this past Sunday. Here are some quotes from some NFL players –

Brian Urlacher – “It’s freaking football. There are going to be big hits. I don’t understand how they can do this after one weekend of hitting. And I can’t understand how they can suspend us for it. I think it’s a bunch of bull. You know what we should do? We should just put flags on everybody. Let’s make it the NFFL – the National Flag Football League. It’s unbelievable.”

Steve Breaston (A WR!) – “Say it’s third-and-15 and you go across the middle. As a defender, you try to dislodge that ball so he doesn’t make the catch. Now, it’s what, you let them catch it? You make the tackle, but they pick up the first down? I don’t know.”

Antrel Rolle – “It’s fine for the offensive players but I’m on the defensive side of the ball. So are you telling me that now I have to slow down? I think we’re already being cautious of what we’re doing and how we’re attacking the ball or how we’re trying to make a tackle. I think that’s absolutely ridiculous because under any circumstances you can’t just absolutely have control over your body when you’re pursuing a tackle.

I’ve bolded my favorite quote which is from Phillip Daniels, DE for the Redskins.

“Have we become a cupcake league? We already have better helmets and gear. Wonder how the old school players feel about this. Not in the back of minds when talking about 18 game season so let’s play football please….Even guys using shoulders to hit are getting flagged for helmet-to-helmet. Defense is getting sloppy because guys are avoiding fines and will get worse if suspending comes into play.”

I pointed the same exact thing out yesterday, a number of players are being called for helmet to helmet contact (unnecessary roughness) when in fact they are clearly shoulder hits, which shows the players are aware of the NFL cracking down on helmet to helmet hits and are changing the way they are tackling and are STILL being called for helmet to helmet hits! It’s ridiculous.

James Harrison stated that he’s considering retirement because he simply can’t play like a LB is supposed to in his eyes. Hard to disagree with him at this point. Many will say that Harrison is just blowing off some steam with his comments of retirement. Maybe, but Harrison is like a throwback player, he clearly loves to play the game of football and hit the crap out of opposing players. In today’s NFL that’s frowned upon, I don’t blame him for being pissed off.

What we’ve really learned from these comments is – The players don’t like the crackdown. Players (y’know the guys the rules are aimed at) understand the game is played at split second speeds. Because of this, among other reasons, they won’t really be changing the way they play the game. They simply can’t, it’s simply unrealistic and stupid to start asking players to drastically change the way they play the game. How it’s always been played. As has been mentioned, defenders are now leading with the shoulder on hits in pass coverage, that should be good enough. If it isn’t, we’re going to have a serious problem.

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