I understand football is a rough sport. It's brutal actually. It's not a contact sport. It's a collision sport. EVERYONE (kickers/punters aside) are going to get injuries. I get that. We can't prevent them all. Plenty are going to occur no matter what.
But there are some worse than others.
And there are some that can be prevented with improved technique/rules.
In Montana, Marino, Elway's time, hits into their knees were legal. Why?
Because guys didn't often dive into their knees.
That started to change, and when we saw Kimo Von Olfie turn the Bengals from contenders into pretenders, it raised our awareness.
Then when we saw the record-setting, 3-time Super Bowl winning Brady get his ACL ripped apart by Bernie Pollard, the NFL realized "hey this is a cheap, dangerous type of play we must stop."
So it became a penalty.
Luckily, I don't think we've seen a QB have his season end from one of these plays since that 2008 opener in Kansas City when Brady's season ended in the opening game.
The league may have gone too far as we saw a ticky-tacky call against Ahmad Brooks last year vs Brees Saints, change an outcome.
But better to protect the players and keep the good guys on the field and not in the hospital.
10 years ago, and more, the horse-collar was "part of the game" too. It was and always had been "legal".
In the 1980's Joey Browner snapped the leg of a Broncos RB, Gerald Willhite, ending his promising career, with a horse-collar.
Then in the early 00's, Roy Williams realized with his speed, he was going to be seeing a lot of receivers' backsides, so he perfected the horse-collar.
It got so bad, that they did put in penalties for it, but Roy didn't stop.
Then he finally broke Terrell Owen's foot in that Eagles Super Bowl season, and Williams got suspended finally.
Those rules were reactive, not proactive.
It's already too late to be proactive enough to save Gronkowski, Cobb, Keller, Ovie Mughelli, and Jordan Shipley. But there will be a handful of more serious knee and leg injuries this year unless the league once again ADAPTS to the horrific, reckless tackling we're seeing from more and more young safeties.
The league, the NFLPA, the Competition Committee OVER-reacted to the $$$$ lawsuits on the concussions and they have gone way overboard on penalties on hits towards the head.
When was the last time you saw guy's seasons or careers end from hits up high?
I can remember DeSean Jackson and Muhammad Massaquoi getting their heads bashed in.
And Anquan Boldin as a Cardinal got his face smashed by the Jets safety late in a garbage game in the end zone.
But those players didn't lose their God-given speed, their wheels, and they didn't miss seasons.
These hits into legs, knees, and the way these ***** young safeties "tackle" now against the bigger, or smaller, defenseless receiver DO cause serious injuries, too easily and too often.
I know most of you are all tough guys and think all hits should be legal, that the NFL is getting softer. It's not. You wouldn't last one drive out there.
But these kinds of plays have to be stopped.