Ed Reed Suspended 1 Game For Repeated Violations Of Defenseless Player Rule

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  1. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I think this is a shame.

    Ed Reed has been a model player in the NFL for years on end and I've never seen him as a dirty player.

    The league came out and said that after his hit last night, he's suspended 1 game without pay. That's 400K.

    They cite a hit on Brees in 2010, a hit on Deion Branch in Week 3 of this year and last nights hit as the reason for suspension.

    Pretty lame, IMO.

    Here's the NFL's statement regarding James Harrison's suspension.

    So prior to the hit on Colt McCoy, James Harrison tallied 6 other fines for hits on QBs and unnecessary roughness?

    It took a total of 7 incidents over 3 years to finally draw the suspension?

    While I was a little turned off by the hit on McCoy because McCoy was scrambling, out of the pocket and should have been defined as a runner, Harrison did go up high on a player who by definition would be defenseless. I wonder if the flag comes if he doesn't make helmet contact.......shouldn't.

    Anyway I think it's ridiculous that James Harrison, having the reputation that he does, can get away with 6 total fines before finally getting suspended.

    Ed Reed a guy who I've never thought of as an intentionally dirty player gets suspended after just three. I've seen the hits and none look all that terrible. He goes up high on Brees with a forearm which should be flagged but it looks like hes taking a swat at the ball in the process. On Branch, he's aimed a little high but Branch ducks into it a bit. Last night, Sanders caught it and got his head around enough to see the hit coming and braced for it.

    These hits are nowhere near as bad as the McCoy hit or a couple of the other hits that Harrison laid on people where he basically was head hunting, such as the Massaquoi hit.

    I myself was wondering if it was because of the differences in years and the emphasis growing over time but Harrison should be suspended from this point forward for every single illegal hit according to this.

    Sure, you can't suspended prior to putting this policy in place if you don't count those hits as repeats but afterward, he's a 7 time repeat violator of the rule. Any hit from here on out should be a games check.

    I haven't had much gripe about punishments handed out to players but this one just rubs me raw. Ed Reed is one of the players I like to watch whenever I get the chance because he's a special player. He plays the game with as much passion as any player on the field and I can't say I've seen anything that would make me believe he intentionally tries to hurt people.

    James Harrison is the complete opposite and it took twice as many hits to get him on the bench.
  2. Diogenes

    Diogenes Well-Known Member

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    Man, I love watching Reed play. That guy is always around the ball. He was Johnny on the spot again last night, scooping up a fumble. He does have the tendency to lower his head on hits, so I can't complain too much about it. I guess my biggest gripe is the way the fascist Goodell regime arbitrarily hands out fines and suspensions.
  3. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    Ronnie Lott is famous for playing the same way that gets Ed Reed a suspension.

    I hate what is happening to the game we love.

    Maybe the players should wear pink all season.
  4. dez_for_prez

    dez_for_prez Active Member

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    I'm calling it now, pretty soon you will only be able to tackle by wrapping up. None of this lowering the shoulder business.
  5. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Darren Woodson would be in the same boat if he still played.
  6. DBOY3141

    DBOY3141 Well-Known Member

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    It's ruining the game and all because of lawsuits, nothing to do with player safety.

    The NFL is a joke.
  7. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Ronnie Lott is now trying to improve the safety of the NFL.


    "At a time when many NFL players and fans think the league has gone too far with its emphasis on player safety, especially in the wake of the Ed Reed suspension, Lott is using his strong credibility on the subject to bolster the NFL’s side."
  8. Diogenes

    Diogenes Well-Known Member

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  9. muck4doo

    muck4doo Least-Known Member

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  10. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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  11. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    Despite how much Ronnie Lott is being paid to say what he says, i think its pretty telling when you have both current and former offensive players saying the rules are getting ridiculous. They are the ones taking the big hits and they think its stupid.

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