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Old 09-21-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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A Passing Fancy = NFL Hypocrisy

James Harrison is right. The NFL’s hypocrisy regarding injuries is startling – kudos to Silverback for saying something about it. Harrison correctly notes the lack of protection for minority quarterbacks and defensive players’ knees, but that’s just the beginning: recent rule changes to increase scoring – i.e. more passing – have put more players in direct danger of having their heads torn off and, in Harrison’s case, their wallets raided.

Injuries are a part of football and can occur on any play, but some plays are more dangerous than others. For example, this year the NFL pushed back the kickoff to reduce injuries on kickoff returns. This idea passes the sniff test: since there’s a higher percentage of injuries on certain plays (kickoff returns), reduce the number of returns to decrease injuries.

But the NFL has taken the exact opposite path regarding the passing game. Passing plays have always been particularly dangerous, both to the receiver who is largely defenseless, and the quarterback who has to withstand the rush long enough to find the open receiver. It’s not an accident that there’s a penalty for hitting a defenseless receiver, but no such penalty for running backs.

The passing game has always been dangerous. Jack “The Assassin” Tatum and George Atkinson hospitalized their share of Steelers (ask Lynn Swann), and Mel Blount was known to body slam receivers head first. But the number of passing plays allowing for such hits was less because teams didn’t pass as much. A cursory search at Pro-Football-Reference.com proves what we all know anecdotally, that for three decades passing attempts are up and rushing attempts are down.

Following the NFL’s logic on kickoff returns, we should expect them to implement rules to discourage passing, but they’ve run the other way. In their quest to make a high-scoring, television-friendly product that more and more resembles a fantasy pinball machine, they are making the game more dangerous for quarterbacks and receivers. The way to deal with the problem isn’t to demonize defensive players like Harrison, but rather to implement rules designed to decrease the percentage of dangerous plays. They did it for kickoffs but I’m not expecting much for the passing game. As long as the NFL continues to elevate the importance of golden-armed quarterbacks, players like Harrison should watch their wallets.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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It is hypocracy, but they shouldn't be changing anything. How many people died in the nfl the last 15-20 years? How many players were paralyzed and how many of them were WR's and QB's? Leave the game alone, it's been "sissified" enough these last few years. Most WR's even thought the "cant hit a defensless player" rule was stupid and it was made to protect them. I can understand Harrison's frustration about the hypocracy and I know Harrison wants to play old school football, I just hope we dont get any "new rules". I understand player safety, I played in high school and college, but they are ruining the game trying to fix a problem that isn't there. And since when did "minority" QB's start getting less protection? Ben is not a "minority" and he gets the least of any QB. "Minority" QB's are often running with the ball past the line of scrimmage which makes them fall under ball carrier rules instead of QB rules, but I sure havent seen them get less "protection" then Ben. Its pathetic to bring up the race card where it doesnt apply.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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The answer isn't more rules. Paradoxically, it's less. Get rid of the five yard chuck rule - teams will pass less.
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I agree Tanda.. Anyone who has actually been in the trenches knows a teammate is a teammate on the field. I've never seen or heard anyone complaining they got less protection at QB due to their race. Although an argument could be made that at the "QB" position, a minority player may get a little less recognition or be slightly downgraded until proven otherwise. i.e. Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Warren Moon, etc..
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And since when did "minority" QB's start getting less protection? Ben is not a "minority" and he gets the least of any QB. "Minority" QB's are often running with the ball past the line of scrimmage which makes them fall under ball carrier rules instead of QB rules, but I sure havent seen them get less "protection" then Ben. Its pathetic to bring up the race card where it doesnt apply.
james is talking about when he picked up vince young and pile drived him, embedding his head 6 inches into the turf.

the refs didnt so much as throw a flag.
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That was hilarious. I agree that there should have been a flag, without a doubt. But it had nothing to do with race. Ben gets beat up more then any other QB and they never throw a flag, Cutler does too. There is a difference in which QB's get protection and which ones dont, but its not a racial difference. Goodels babys like Brady, Manning, and now Rodgers are untouchable, while the ones he hates or the ones deemed "tough" get little to no protection.
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I'm pretty sure you get a roughing the passer call for farting in Foxborough.
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I'm pretty sure you get a roughing the passer call for farting in Foxborough.
I disagree. I'm pretty sure Brady has smelled his share of men's farts up close. Wouldn't that make him a minority?
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it's ridiculous to suggest QBs are protected based on race.
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Minority QB's means anyone but Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
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