PDA

View Full Version : LaMarr Woodley - "Inside the NFL"


Aussie_steeler
10-08-2009, 06:30 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/lamarr_woodley/10/08/diary/

NFL overprotects offensive players

Throughout the 2009 NFL season, SI.com's Jeff Ritter will work with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley to get his thoughts and observations on the NFL and take you behind the scenes with the Steelers. Woodley is in his third season and finished with a career-best 11.5 sacks in 2008 while helping Pittsburgh win a Super Bowl title. The 2-2 Steelers face the 1-3 Lions in Detroit on Sunday.

This probably won't surprise anyone, but I think there are too many rules right now that go against defensive players. For instance, when offensive linemen chop a defensive player, we have to get up and keep playing. Defensive players can't see those blocks coming. But now defensive guys can't go after a quarterback's legs. Or let's say you're rushing the quarterback -- you jump up to deflect a ball but come down and hit his helmet with your hand. That's a penalty. Other times you could go in with a bad angle and you might accidentally slam the quarterback to the ground. That could be a penalty. The league is overprotecting the quarterback.

Also, they say a defensive guy can't lead with his helmet. Well, when a running back goes to run over you, what's he leading with? It's the same thing. But the rules are made to protect the offensive players, not the defensive guys.

Here's another one: the new rule against hitting a "defenseless receiver." How do we know if he's defenseless or not? He's going up for a ball, and the play happens so fast. One more: Remember when Hines Ward blindsided that guy in Cincinnati, Keith Rivers, last season? That hit isn't legal, because Hines hit him above the shoulders. But on that play, it would've been OK for Hines to hit him on the knee. Personally, I'd rather take a shot in the head than have someone take my knees out. At least I can see a head shot coming.

You have to make sure the rules go both ways. One rule I can understand is the horse-collar tackle, because someone can get really hurt. That's one they should never change.

We won the Super Bowl last season, and expectations are high. We know we've got a target on our back. Every team we play acts like we're their biggest game of the year. Whenever we come to town it seems like the stadium is built up that week. I think other teams like to match up with us just to see where they stand. They know we're going to play hard-nosed football, hit hard and run the ball. That means they're going to have to play at 100 percent to beat us.

When Chicago beat us in Week 2, you'd think they'd just won the Super Bowl. And when we went down and lost to Cincinnati, you'd think they just won Super Bowl XLIV. Some teams can handle winning, some can't. We're used to winning, so we know how to handle it. We also know how to handle when we lose, too. It all goes back to the guys we have. We know it's a long season, and we know where we need to be by the end of the year. We'll get there.

I grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and went to college at Michigan, so it's great to get back home this week. The first NFL game I ever saw in person was a Lions game. Every week that I have the opportunity to go on the field is special to me, but I'm looking forward to having my family there to watch me play near my hometown. A lot of my friends have been talking about this game since the schedule came out, and some people haven't seen me play since high school. I think they're even more excited than I am right now.

I had 11.5 sacks in 2008, but last year is last year. I was a new starter, and other teams didn't know me. They didn't have much to study, so they didn't know how to prepare for me. This year, teams are doing different things against me -- getting rid of the ball a little faster than they used to, for instance. I realize that right now my numbers are not high. Last season I had 3.5 sacks in the first four games. This year, first four games: zero.

But last year I also had seven games without a sack. Everything goes up and down. I used to get down on myself when I wasn't getting sacks, but it wasn't just about that. It was when I wasn't getting sacks and we were losing. That's when I get mad at myself. Most of the top pass-rushers have their ups and downs. The main thing for a pass-rusher is, how do you bounce back? For me, as long as we're winning, I'm cool. Like last week against San Diego, it was good for me to get some pressure on the quarterback, but most importantly we won.

I haven't gotten a sack yet this season, but I think I'm going to kick it off back home in Michigan this week.

Send comments to siwriters@simail.com



Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/lamarr_woodley/10/08/diary/#ixzz0TNzPUENQ



GOtta love the sheer brutal honesty coming out of most of the steelers players on D.

This series / blog really will piss Goodell off no end.

Now we can expect to see both Harrison and Woodley get mugged on every play.

Its a little bit of us against the world - just the way most of us like it.

SteelerFanStuckInBaltimor
10-08-2009, 06:43 PM
Excellent article - thanks!

He's right about the rules being tailored to improve the offenses' chances against the defense. Offense is exciting to casual fans, and the media eats it up. Who wants to see a 13-10 defensive struggle, when they can see Peyton vs. Brady light it up for 70 total points? But, Steeler fans appreciate a staunch defense and a dominant run-game (are you listening, Mendy?).

Another thing he could have added - why is it legal for an offensive player to smash a straight arm into the defensive players' facemask, violently snapping his head back,with an open palm - yet a momentary grasp of the same facemask by the D is 15 yards?

tmacsteelerfan
10-08-2009, 09:07 PM
Great Read. The game definitely is much more protective to the offensive players, and I understand the quarterback should be more protected but they are making it to where you they can't be touched. Another thing is if your going to call it, call it fair the same for every team not just if your a superstar (Tom Brady). The defenseless receiver is crazy too, it should be a penalty on the quarterback for setting up the receiver. It seems like all of a sudden the offense is all wearing red jerseys. Defenseless receiver is hardly as devastating as a blindsided block and those happen sometimes to players who are completely out of the play.

Galax Steeler
10-09-2009, 04:45 AM
Thanks Aussie, I can't believe what football is turning into. You even brush the quarterback wrong and it draws a penalty for roughing the passer. Same goes for the receivers you can't even guard them anymore. They need to let them play football.

revefsreleets
10-09-2009, 08:05 AM
No, no, no! His numbers aren't down because of the opposing teams changing their gameplans, it's because he's slow!

Ask Steeldude, he knows...

Wood has been and will continue to be a big-time playmaker. His numbers may not end up where they were last year, but he'll have his fair share of "splash plays" before this year is over....bank it.

CPanther95
10-09-2009, 04:01 PM
Offensive production helps attract more of the Fantasy Nerds. They're also the reason our screens are cluttered with a bunch of graphics and scrolling tickers during the game.

Kinda hope we do have a strike year so some of these losers will be forced to get out of their parent's basement and maybe meet a girl - or at least get distracted by a cyber-relationship.

solardave
10-09-2009, 04:31 PM
Great Read. The game definitely is much more protective to the offensive players, and I understand the quarterback should be more protected but they are making it to where you they can't be touched. Another thing is if your going to call it, call it fair the same for every team not just if your a superstar (Tom Brady). The defenseless receiver is crazy too, it should be a penalty on the quarterback for setting up the receiver. It seems like all of a sudden the offense is all wearing red jerseys. Defenseless receiver is hardly as devastating as a blindsided block and those happen sometimes to players who are completely out of the play.

I can't believe you called Tom Brady a superstar. He is the most over rated QB wimp spineless POS that's ever played the game.

solardave
10-09-2009, 04:32 PM
OH. I didn't mean that in a bad way!

solardave
10-09-2009, 04:38 PM
Offensive production helps attract more of the Fantasy Nerds. They're also the reason our screens are cluttered with a bunch of graphics and scrolling tickers during the game.

Kinda hope we do have a strike year so some of these losers will be forced to get out of their parent's basement and maybe meet a girl - or at least get distracted by a cyber-relationship.

I don't understand fantasy football because my team would be all Steelers anyway.
You have the Steelers and then there are 31 other teams that wish they could be the Steelers. Just ask all the teams that snag our castoffs. Are you listening Wis?
Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.:dancing::dancing: