The NFL made the decision to suspend Ed Reed Monday after the safety accumulated a series of fines over the past three years. While Reed was fined for those hits, many still question the decision-making that went into those fines or even the penalty flags in the first place.
What do you want NFL? Right now, you talk like a group of people who have not played on a football field. What you suggest NFL players do defies the laws of physics.
The most confusing part of all of this is the fact that many members of the NFL league office are actually former NFL players themselves.
They played the game. Aren’t they supposed to know what happens between the sidelines?
They know it’s not that simple – tacklers can’t just “aim lower” to avoid costly flags and fines. The receivers in most of these plays change their direction, leading to helmet-to-helmet collisions.
Why are former players penalizing current players for what they were allowed to get away with?
We know the league has changed from what it was. But isn’t there supposed to be a common sense factor that you know what you are asking can’t be executed frequently?
Aim lower? That’s fine. Ravens players should just take out knees. After all, the NFL has no problem with offensive linemen cut blocking defensive players. Everything these days helps the offense. Wide receivers talk much more than they used to, because they know there will be no consequences.
Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, came on Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN today referencing the “intent” of a defensive player. Oh, you can read minds now? You can tell the intent?
If NFL players can defy the laws of physics, they wouldn’t be playing in the NFL. I’m sure they would have a better idea to make money.
The Ravens should still go full speed, but the league has made it clear that their list of options when it comes to tackling are very limited. Going after knees seems like the place to start.