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I do not agree one bit. Throw a flag if you must, but suspension shouldn't even be an option in this case. To be honest, I was expecting much worse than that when I opened the link.
I just don't get it - or like it. This looks like a good football play to me. In fact, it looks like he tried to lead with his upfield shoulder with his head in front of the receiver - which is what he would be coached to do. I agree he launched himself, but how else was he supposed to get there in time to knock the ball loose? If he pulls up at all (and the receiver doesn't) it's a TD.
Look like a good hit to me. I didn't see any intent to harm and the guy saw him coming and pulled up. People it is a contact sport.
I hope our safeties do just that on the same type of plays.
2nd time posting a similar comment..can't find the first one.
I want our safeties making that exact play to break up a potential touchdown reception. You have to launch yourself somewhat to be able to get to the spot in time to break up the pass. That's just a solid football play from where I sit.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
telling myself it's not as hard as it seems - Led Zeppelin
Looks like football to me but i played more than 34 years ago.
Suspension is BS. Period.
1st - should he have taken every action to hit the receiver low, such as in the waist/stomach area? You wear shoulder pads for protection, the DB hit the guy in his shoulder pads. Also, players spend all week in "thud" mode, which is basically hitting up high and the play is over. Nobody practices hitting players low. Also, to hit somebody low, below the shoulders, would require you to bend, and therefore lower your head - which is both a penalty and increases your risk for injury tremendously. How should he have tried hitting the receiver?
2nd - the play would have likely been a catch had the DB not been there. The WR felt his presence, pulled up and absorbed the hit - both making it look bad and also allowing the DB to "blow him up". I could see the argument for defenseless player, but there has to be some line drawn.
I've seen plenty of times where these rulings are made - but never once have I seen anybody demonstrate the proper way to run full speed and hit somebody. Are you simply not allowed to break up plays? That was a catch, or at least a close attempt had the WR not pulled up. That is good defense. As some mentioned, the QB is most at fault here. He shouldn't lead his players into bomb like that.
Lastly, I also think there some questions that should be asked in response to how much power the SEC has in cases like this. Is there an appeals process? There are some cases for malicious hits, basically true acts of violence, but in this case it was a lazy pass right into coverage that led a WR into getting blown up. Nothing malicious, just a huge hit - made worse by the fact that the WR pulled up and really absorbed the hit.
"Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places you have to look at it right."
Absolute bullshit! My son plays high school football (he is a sophmore) and I would hate for him to get hit like that but that was a good hit.
legit hit.... but Fairley can go after a QB's knee's and yet still remain eligible?
. . . but the Honey Badger wasn't suspended for the forearm assault on Kirkpatrick???
^^^ This ^^^
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