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    Sam Huff rips NFL for limiting helmet-to-helmet hits

    Posted by Michael David Smith on December 21, 2010





    As an All-Pro linebacker for the Redskins and Giants in the 1950s and 1960s, Sam Huff was one of football’s hardest hitters. And he’s not happy with the way the league office is cracking down on the hardest hitters of today.

    Huff told the Charleston Daily Mail that fines for helmet-to-helmet hits are handed down from league executives who don’t understand the game.

    “‘Look, he’s getting hit! They shouldn’t do that!’” Huff said. “That’s what they sit there in the offices up in New York City and say. What the hell? They’re up there sitting looking at replays. They’ve not practiced, not touched a football, not been on the field, not worn a helmet.”

    Huff, who works as a radio commentator on Redskins games, said he thinks the league is out of touch with what players want.

    “I know what it’s like to be a player,” Huff said. “Today’s players know what it’s like to be a player. The people making these rules don’t know what the game is really like. They aren’t out there.”

    Huff believes that helmet-to-helmet contact is an integral part of football.

    “It is tackle football,” Huff said. “It’s the NFL. It’s not a game of touch football. It’s blocking and tackling. Helmet-to-helmet? It’s why you wear helmets.”

    And Huff singled out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for criticism.

    “It’s all been built up over a period of time, and if the people who run the game — Roger Goodell, those people — aren’t careful they’re going to tear it down in short order,” Huff said. “And that’s sad.”

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    Kudos to a player like Huff for speaking out. Funny how all this emphasis on player safety is occurring during CBA negotiations. They are so concerned with this that they want to add two more regular season games to the schedule. They are so concerned, that they have no compunctions about selling photos of these hits on the NFL website or highlighting them on their network. The league is turning into a joke. I guess I am gonna have to reinstruct my players how to tackle the new and proper way, head and shoulders all the way back to employ a reach out belly bump.
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    Kudos to a player like Huff for speaking out. Funny how all this emphasis on player safety is occurring during CBA negotiations. They are so concerned with this that they want to add two more regular season games to the schedule. They are so concerned, that they have no compunctions about selling photos of these hits on the NFL website or highlighting them on their network. The league is turning into a joke. I guess I am gonna have to reinstruct my players how to tackle the new and proper way, head and shoulders all the way back to employ a reach out belly bump.

    so you're a football coach? what age group or level do you coach at?

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    Clark awaits word on possible fine

    By Mark Kaboly, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010


    The NFL has yet to determine whether or not it will fine Steelers safety Ryan Clark for a hit on New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards and "probably won't have anything until Friday," according to a league spokesman.

    Clark was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness midway through the third quarter Sunday. The infraction set up the Jets' only offensive touchdown in a 22-17 victory.

    After reviewing the play, Clark believes he did nothing wrong and does not expect a fine from the league.

    "No, I'm not, and I will be (ticked) off if I get it," Clark said. "It's Christmas, man. There is a picture of it in the hallway, so if I do get one I am going to hold up a picture to my face so the NFL can clearly see it."

    Clark has been outspoken about the NFL's policy for fining players for what he said are normal football plays. Clark was vocal when teammate James Harrison was fined multiple times for what Clark believed were legal hits.

    Clark was adamant that his hit was legal.

    "I didn't hit him in the helmet," Clark said. "There wasn't any head-to-head contact. My arms are actually in front of me, and if I can't do that then I can't play football."

    Clark appeared to have launched himself upward to try to dislodge the ball from a leaping Edwards when he was called for the foul.

    Clark, who has yet to be fined this year, said he wouldn't change anything about how he hit Edwards if the situation would arise again.

    "Ten out of 10 times I'll do the same thing," Clark said. "Running up and hugging him or waiting for him to get on the ground and jumping on his back is not going to give me the opportunity to dislodge the ball. That is what it is coming to now. Any hard hit and anything like that they are going to throw the flag and say it's not (a penalty) later."

    Harrison has been fined four times for a total of $125,000, and LaMarr Woodley was docked $12,500 for a late hit on Tom Brady. Ike Taylor was fined for a preseason fight with Hakeem Nicks.

    Clark believes that fine money shouldn't go to NFL charities, but should benefit the players.

    "How about it goes to families and these kids who won't have insurance after the March deadline?" Clark said. "You want to take money and give it here and give it there, but how about us having no insurance? Families of five? Three kids? Put money there and take it when it is supposed to be taken."

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    Pop Warner tiny mites, and linebacker's coach for middle school.
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    I watched the NFL's greatest 100 players and the older defensive players would be toast in Goodell's NFL! I am watching Butkus, Huff, Lambert, LT and saying, "THat's a penalty, thats a penalty now....

    Sad.

    And reading the point about coaching, to all of us who played at some point in our life, who didn't have a coach say, "YOU CAN'T BE AFRAID TO STICK YOUR HEAD IN THERE!"
    "ARRRGGHHH THERE WILL BE MUTTON TONIGHT!" Said the Troll

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    My friends yesterday said they might buy season tickets for the Pittsburgh Power team. A group of guys along with my friends yesterday were talking about the arena league and how more exciting it will be than the NFL since, the NFL is ruining things.

    I sat back and was listening and these guys believe with Goodell being a Nancy Boy and the arena league trying to make its mark, the arena league might just start to grow.

    Anyone else believe their way of thinking ?

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    Anyone else believe their way of thinking ?
    I honestly think Goddell wants to be more like the Arena league. The more scoring the better as far as he's concerned.

    He won't be happy until every game is 70-68.

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    Starkey: NFL fumbles on gunner incident

    By Joe Starkey, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, December 23, 2010


    Let me concoct a scenario for you: Steelers linebacker James Harrison jumps off the bench during a punt return and decks an opposing player running down the field.

    What do you think happens to Harrison?

    Six-figure fine?

    Two-game suspension?

    Forty days in the slammer?

    Here is what happened to the Carolina Panthers player who actually committed that unthinkable act two weeks ago: Nothing. Unless you consider a paltry $15,000 fine significant compared to, say, the $75,000 Harrison was docked for attempting to make a legal tackle against the Cleveland Browns.

    Tyler Brayton, a starting defensive end for the Panthers, should not be allowed to suit up tonight at Heinz Field. But he will, likely because he is almost as obscure as the player he clocked, Atlanta Falcons gunner Chris Owens.

    Brayton's sideline body block was easily the most reckless act of an NFL season marked by the league's erratic attempts to crack down on reckless acts. The move could have resulted in serious injury to Owens, whose job is hard enough without somebody not in the game abusing him.

    "It's kind of cowardly, if you ask me, to come off the bench and hit a guy when he's not looking," Steelers gunner Anthony Madison said. "That's no way to play ball."

    Gunners are the guys who race down the flanks in punt coverage, often facing a double-team and perhaps even a third blocker along the way. Owens was working against a blocker when he was forced out of bounds. He was moving at a high rate of speed, legally trying to get back onto the field, when Brayton jumped off the bench and decked him.

    Think about that.

    The video, uncovered this past Sunday by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, is stunning. It might even remind you of one of the most infamous plays in football history: Alabama's Tommy Lewis leaping from the sidelines to tackle Rice running back Dicky Maegle in the 1954 Cotton Bowl.

    Of course, this wasn't a spotlight game, and that wasn't Tom Brady getting drilled on the sideline. It was Chris Owens. What's more, a similar incident from the same weekend was uncovered immediately and garnered much more attention.

    The culprit in that case was New York Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi, who stuck out a knee and tripped a Miami Dolphins gunner. Alosi actually had players form a human wall with him along the sidelines to deter the gunner's path.

    The Jets, in consultation with the NFL, fined Alosi $25,000 and suspended him for the rest of the season.

    Brayton plays on.

    These stories will pass quickly, of course, because nobody cares about the punt coverage team. Gunners are about as obscure as, well ...

    "It's like being a freakin' long snapper," Madison said. "You don't notice them until they mess up."

    Or until they're KO'd on the sidelines. Now that gunners are under attack, they are attracting media attention — and it turns out sideline shenanigans are nothing new. Madison said he has been subjected to sideline interference from coaches and players, though nothing as dramatic as a Brayton clothesline.

    The NFL is paying some attention to the problem. It has issued a memo reminding teams of sideline regulations and ordering them to employ a "get-back" coach whose job is to make sure players on the sideline stay out of trouble (the Steelers' "get-back" coaches are strength and conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont and director of player development Ray Jackson).

    Madison's teammate, Arnaz Battle, was a gunner earlier in his career. He hated what he saw from Brayton.

    "What if it (results in a) career-ending knee injury?" Battle said. "Then you've taken away someone's goals and ambitions and livelihood with a senseless act. Cheating, basically."

    Yes, cheating. And cheap. And utterly reckless.

    And the NFL looked the other way.

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