Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Steelers safety Ryan Clark is upset with all of the rule changes the NFL has instituted for tackling opposing players. “I’m so disgusted with the NFL right now about those situations,” Clark said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If an offensive player makes enough of a stink, they’ll change it. I know Tony Gonzalez was extremely upset about the hit on Dustin Keller. I understand that. I believe, and some of you may have the film, I said if you start penalizing guys and fining guys for hits up top … Some of these hits up top are not illegal. “I remember a hit I had on Victor Cruz last year, which was clearly legal, but it gave up seven points. I hurt my team by doing something I deemed legal and something the NFL also deemed legal by not fining me. “So you go to the other extreme. The guys know there is no way possible [to] get fined if [they] go low. It will be one or the other. Guys will hit up high and maybe risk getting a concussion or hurting a shoulder. When you get hit low, the season is going to be over. If they decide to change this rule, they might as well put flags on because you’ll give a guy who is 200 pounds, like myself, a 2-foot area to stop a guy who is 240 or 250 running at full speed. They might as well just take us off the field and see how many points you can score on offense in 60 minutes.” Clark explained why it’s a bad idea for defensive players to simply wrap up and not drive opposing players to the ground. “It would be soft and stupid,” he said. “If I have to run up and wrap up a guy’s leg and he falls forward, or I fall back, I don’t want that. If I’m hitting him at the yard marker and I’m trying to stop his forward progress, and he falls forward for the first down, it’s a whole new set of downs and now I’ve done my job insufficiently. I think they’re putting us at a disadvantage if they ask us to do that. And also now I’m in a position where I can get hurt. I don’t know if I’m getting hit in the side of the head with a knee. “So, in some sense, you’re protecting another player, but you’re putting another one in harm’s way, both physically and career-wise in terms of him losing his starting job.”   It almost seems like sooner or later it will become illegal for players to hit one another.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Ryan Clark “disgusted” with the NFL over rule changes appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
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  • While I agree with Ryan regarding the head injuries, I hate to see players going over the middle and suffering horrible leg injuries. That being said I see the NFL's point about someone using the crown of their helmet as a weapon. One solution I would recommend is that when a receiver is vulnerable over the middle and defenseless and someone other than a person engaged in covering the receive, makes contact of any kind with the receiver before the receiver establishes possession, it is deemed a dead ball and the down is lost. This allows the defender to not be penalized for a lack of aggression and protects vulnerable receivers. Also any player who with clear video evidence intentionally does something to cause severe ACL damage receives a suspension.
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