I just read an article on NFL.com that talked about the spring meetings for the owners, in spite of this lockout. One of the things that is supposed to be discussed is the expanded definition/rule of defenseless receivers. Now, I am all for player safety and stuff, but this is starting to get a little ridiculous. I believe many of you out there probably agree with me. The thing that I saw too much last year when watching football games (and watching highlights as well as replays for these hits that players were taking that got defensive players fined) were receivers catching the ball and then instantly getting low and turning around to try to get that extra yard, possibly even diving for it. In turn these receivers are getting blasted by an incoming safety or linebacker or whoever. I call this move by the receiver "placing your head in the guillotine". If you think about it the receiver in this case is in about the same body position as someone at a guillotine.
Ask any player where they are typically aiming for when making a hit. All the way back in Junior High I was told that the lower player will normally win (unless a player jumps the other, then you get into that posterized conversation). Players will be aiming for that midsection so that is where they are planning on hitting you. So if a receiver ducks his head down and places his head around where his midsection would be, or "places his head in the guillotine", there is really only one logical outcome. You are going to get hit in the head and probably get hurt. Again, I am all for player safety, but a defender cannot be expected to react to a player who sticks his head into harms way. That I say is just a part of the risk you take stepping onto the field and playing a contact sport. I think there needs to be a rule in there somewhere that says that if a defender hits a player that takes a blow to the head when placing his head around that normal "midsection" area, he cannot get flagged for it OR FINED.
Again, I am all for player safety, but I just got mad watching football last year and saw this happen way to often. I feel sorry for the offensive players because I know how serious concussions can be. However, if you put yourself into a dangerous situation, I think it's your own fault. I don't think insurance will cover you if you run across a 6-lane highway and get hit.
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