Sunday, September 07, 2008

Hoooo boy....

This season went on the rocks before it barely got started.

Most commentators say this wasn't a dirty hit by Bernard Pollard. I disagree. There's no real excuse for a defender, already down himself, to dive at a QB's legs.

No defensive player who has an unrestricted path to the quarterback may hit him flagrantly in the area of the knee(s) or below when approaching in any direction.


cowboyangel said...

Yeah, this was disappointing. Even to a Jets fan. I like Brady. And how can the Jets ever claim to overcome you guys if Brady's not in there?

But I have to respectfully disagree that it was a dirty play.

As the NFL said, in regards to the rule you quote: "But the Pollard hit was deemed legal because 'the defensive player was coming off and affected by a block by the offense', according to a league spokesman."

I've seen a lot of dirty hits over the years, and I honestly don't think that was the case on this occasion.

Jeff said...

Hi William,

Yeah, I was very much looking forward to the Brady-Favre shootout too.

Well, "dirty" is the wrong word, I guess. I still think it was an illegal hit. I think he got out sufficiently from under the block in time and had a clear dive, but I don't think he was thinking about it. I think he was just playing hard.

That's football for you. Brady has actually been quite charmed and fortunate injury-wise until now.