NFL notebook: Teams given video instruction on hits | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 5 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Oct 22, 2010, titled NFL notebook: Teams given video instruction on hits | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

A video sent to the NFL's 32 teams emphasizes illegal hits and the heavy discipline, including suspensions, that will be handed out to players delivering them.

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Bays

Columbus, OH

#1 Oct 22, 2010
My whole issue regarding illegal hits to the head, how can Harrison be fined $75,000 yet draw no penalty flag? The refs need to be held accountable also.
Da Bears 2010

Lake Zurich, IL

#2 Oct 22, 2010
Bays wrote:
My whole issue regarding illegal hits to the head, how can Harrison be fined $75,000 yet draw no penalty flag? The refs need to be held accountable also.
Im sure they are but the problems are: they cant see everything, stuff happens in the blink of an eye and the NFL still does not use full-time referees.
Robbie

Edenton, NC

#3 Oct 22, 2010
My question is will the offensive players (receivers, RBs) be fined when they put their heads down causing helmet to helmet hits?? In at least 2 of the plays shown the hit would have been clean if the offensive player had not lowered his head which is what actually caused the so called "Illegal Hit". If your going to implement such an assanine rule then it should work both ways.....

“The Lombardi Sixpack”

Since: Feb 08

Butler, PA

#4 Oct 22, 2010
Robbie wrote:
My question is will the offensive players (receivers, RBs) be fined when they put their heads down causing helmet to helmet hits?? In at least 2 of the plays shown the hit would have been clean if the offensive player had not lowered his head which is what actually caused the so called "Illegal Hit". If your going to implement such an assanine rule then it should work both ways.....
well said. if the defender is aiming for the numbers and the receiver lowers his head whose fault is it? this is not going to turn out to be a good rule if they don't consider all sides.

TMD

“Look! Up in the sky!”

Since: Dec 06

Columbus, Ohio

#5 Oct 24, 2010
Bob Roberts wrote:
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well said. if the defender is aiming for the numbers and the receiver lowers his head whose fault is it? this is not going to turn out to be a good rule if they don't consider all sides.
Bob, I would agree with you, except, in your example, The defender would be in violation of the rule whether the receiver lowered his head, or not. Spearing is illegal whether you hit someone in the numbers, or head. You can't lead with your helmet to tackle someone.

However, I do understand the point you're making. There will have to be some consideration to the circumstance before fines and suspensions are handed out. Today, on the Fox NFL pre-game show, NFL executive vice president of football operations, Ray Anderson, talked about the future emphasis on the '82 rule which prohibited helmet-to-helmet, and helmet-to-chest, and helmet-to-back hits. He said the NFL would be making it a point of emphasis from this point on, and that players would have to be accountable for their onfield actions that resulted in one of these illegal hits, regardless of the current circumstances.

In other words, he doesn't care if a player moved and created an illegal hit - the "hitter" should have been able to avoid the illegal hit regardless of what the "hittee" did. Things will get very heated before this gets worked out...

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