And what I started off saying what that it isn't JUST about injury, it's about how that action affects a football play. He didn't just "brush" his helmet like so many people are saying, he actually moved the QB's head forward which could affect the play being made. If this allowed, then instead of trying to go for the strip from th opposite side, people would just pop the QB in the back of the head.
Originally Posted by umphrey
It's important to make a distinction, are you debating precedent or the play in question? The rule they write, I would agree that it is a delicate issue how it is interpreted and enforced. However, on the play that happened, I saw incidental contact that wasn't even close to causing injury.
Well first Deacon Jones played in the 70s, and he was a beast, probably the greatest DE of all time. A lot of film on him is going to involve illegal hits under modern rules. But he couldn't have hurt anybody by bringing his arm down on somebody's head while his feet were giving out underneath him. Go back and watch the play - in the position he was in, the defender couldn't generate any kind of damaging power. He didn't even make a fist IIRC. Whatever force hit Manning's head was a fraction of what players endure when they hit the ground or a shoulder pad.