Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/24/11
Thank James Harrison.  Seems like an odd thing to say on a Cleveland-based sports blog, but it is true.  The NFL was on the path to over-regulating tackling and hitting anyway, but James Harrison’s plays against the Browns (including a near decapitation of Josh Cribbs) are pretty much the reason we find ourselves watching the NFL as it is today.  Even Browns fans seemed to be upset with Mike Carey’s unnecessary roughness call.  I understand that completely.  I am not in love with the rules as they are either, but you can’t put this toothpaste back in the tube.  The NFL is being safety conscious, and you might as well learn to live with it.  Yesterday’s play was a bit on the soft side, but these pictures will show you why it was called.  In the end, the rule has everything to do with form and intent and less about the end result.  Meaning, Colt McCoy doesn’t have to go off on a stretcher for the play to be illegal form. First, notice the positioning of Mike Carey with relation to the...
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