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In a new proposal that is getting some steam, players that hit someone illegally (helmet to helmet, defenseless receiver.. etc) will be ejected for the remainder of the game if it happens in the first half. If it happens in the second half, then they are ejected the rest of that game, plus half of the next. Yikes.
I am all about player safety, and I don't want to be one of those knee jerk guys that say "It's turning into flag football!" but come on... How many of those hits are intentional? A rule like this will most definitely decide the outcome of a game if implemented. It stinks. It is a dangerous game. Accept the risks or don't play the sport. When I was 18 I made a decision to join the Army, and that job is sure as hell more hazardous than football and that is A OK in the worlds view. You are an adult at 18. If the sport is too dangerous. Don't play. It's a simple as that. These rules are giving the defender way too much to have to think about during a tackle, and it impacts the game. Let's reduce the speed in NASCAR to a nice safe 35 MPH to eliminate the danger... And if you are in an accident, you aren't allowed in the next race. No? Oh, that's right. It's a part of the sport.
Anyway, end rant. Happy Singles Awareness Day. Haha.
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I just hope it's not an automatic ejection for a 15-yard penalty. Sometimes it happens accidentally. I don't have a problem with the officials having the power to eject someone for a blatant helmet-to-helmet hit, but those are very rare.
In the video below, I'd have no problem with the defender being ejected. I just think that these don't happen very often.
I'm with you 100% on that. There are hits that are obviously malicious and the player should be ejected/suspended, but by this article they are saying that the 15 yard penalty version = ejection. That is the problem. Completely subjective and thought about the actual intent.
Better start liking NBA, soccer and the UFC because football will be boxing soon. Sad
This post was edited by AlphaBuckeye06 14 months ago
I've seen some of these "helmet to helmet" calls.....it would be a serious mistake to start ejecting players over this when the refs don't get the call right 80% of the time. HORRIBLE!
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I don't have much confidence that this will be passed and implemented into the rules anytime soon. I don't know who votes on these things, but I believe the coaches, or for sure the AD's have a voice in it and I don't see it happening. Many times, when there is a helmet-to-helmet collision, it is the Offensive players fault when they lower their helmet to meet the hit of the defender.
Having said that, if a defender blatantly goes UP to hit a guy and the contact isn't a result of the offensive player lowering his head at the last second, perhaps it's a different thing.
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There would have to be conclusive evidence that it was intentional. These would be quite rare. Don't see it happening.
We may have lost the battle......but not the war.
The refs suck, but now we want to put even more control of the outcomes in their hands?
Which play here was a penalty? Which player would get tossed in 2013? What are the odds they would get it wrong and impact the outcome?
Alabama vs Georgia 12/1/12 Quinton Dial Destroys Aaron Murray! Quinton Dial Destroys Aaron Murray! Quinton Dial Destroys Aaron Murray! Quinton Dial Destroys ...
Devin Smith of the Wisconsin Badgers gets laid out by Kenny Bell of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Bell got called for unnecessary roughness on the play, which to...
don't like it at all. gives refs even more power to impact games and unfairly interpret the rules against one team.
It also makes their job (which is already hard) even harder. they will be playing touch football in 20 years. mark your cals. Too many hungry mouths that want fed ($$$). The game is going to change because of all the lawsuits.
Go back to wearing leather helmets and no face masks (as spiels has said). that'll stop the helmet to helmet contact.
Like these two hits, there has to be some context with the play. The Murray hit I think should have been flagged as the play was pretty much over and that block was just to go lay someone out, with seeming intent to injure. Bell on the other hand likely sprung that play for a touchdown, a key block on the play. It just happened to be huge. I think that if the hit is key to the play, and the intent was to extend the play then it should never be flagged.
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