(Quote) Gerard-400247 said:
Recently, the New Orleans Saints have come under investigation by the league.It is charged that ...
(Quote) Gerard-400247 said:
Recently, the New Orleans Saints have come under investigation by the league.It is charged that defensive players were encouraged to and rewarded for inflicting injury on opposing players;mainly the the quarterback.Allegedly,former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams headed up this "program"... pay for a knockout hit(the earlier in the game the injury,the more that money was doled out).
I believe that there will be SEVERE punishment issued to the club and deservedly so...
Unfortunately,knocking key players out of the game is nothing new...it has taken place for many years,by many teams.The defensive mentality is to get in the face of the qb.If the backup quarterback comes in,it increases your chances of winning(in theory,at least).Sometimes,an offensive player will attempt to injure a defensive player-especially in the trenches,where the linemen clash on every play.
Is there a solution to change this behavior,or will the pressure of winning,dictate the continuance of the status quo?
I think that the NFL is being quite hypocritical these days. If you look at the game of football, there are probably three situations where players are extremely vulnerable because they are not paying attention to players that are likely to "hit" them.
The first is the defensive player who is trying to tackle an offensive player who is carrying the ball. The defensive player is focused on the ball carrier and not on the blockers that might attempt to block him. This puts the defender in a vulnerable position...the blockers are focused on trying to block the defensive player, but the defensive player's attention is not on the blocker, but rather on the ball carrier.
The second is the quarterback who drops back to pass. He is focused on his receivers that he is going to throw the ball to and not the defenders that are attempting to tackle him. This puts the quarterback in a vulnerable position...the defender's focus is on tackling the quarterback, but the quarterback's attention is not on the defender that is trying to tackle him, but rather on the receiver he is trying to throw the ball to. Additionally the act of stepping and throwing the football downfield usually puts the quarterback in a vulnerable position regardless of whether he is paying attention to the potential tacklers or his receivers.
The third is the receiver who is attempting to catch the ball. The receiver is focused on the ball and not on the defender that is coming to tackle him. Again, this puts the receiver in a vulnerable position because he is focused on the ball and not on the defender who is attempting to tackle him.
Contrast this to a running back who is given the ball on a running play. For the most part the ball carrier's focus is on the defenders in front of him who are trying to tackle him. This gives the ball carrier a chance to see the tacklers that are coming for him and defend himself against them...something the players described in the three examples above do not have. Thus they find themselves in much more vulnerable positions and are much more likely to suffer injuries from subsequent collisions.
The hypocrisy of the NFL comes into play when you realize it is the league that has changed the rules over the years to encourage teams to pass the ball more. As noted from the second and third example above, this puts players in vulnerable positions more often and thus most likely leads to more injuries. The NFL does this in order to promote the sport, (1) with more spectacular, long yardage plays and (2) through building the celebrity of quarterbacks through whom they market the game by incessantly reminding us of the remarkable statistics that modern day quarterbacks compile.
What the NFL does not say, however, is that this style of "football" puts more players in vulnerable positions more often and thus causes more injuries and makes the game more dangerous for the players. Add to that the new helmet technologies that continually are trotted out. They say these helmets are "safer" but in fact they allow players to use their heads as weapons without having to worry about injuring themselves. Take away the hard helmets and players would have to change the way they block and tackle so they would not hurt themselves. If done right, this would make the game safer, especially when it comes to head injuries.
So I say that the NFL is complicit in making the game of football more dangerous for the players...and all for the sake of making a few more bucks when the league is already a billion dollar industry chalk full of multi-million dollar players. But instead of looking at what they are doing that makes the game more dangerous, the NFL runs around making a huge deal out of something like what went on with the Saints, which albeit was wrong, but still hard to believe that a thousand dollars or so would mean much to players who are collecting multi-million dollar salaries. Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. If I were a Saints fan, I would look into organizing a boycott in response to the NFL's actions.