Speaking with the media Monday, Meriweather said that if the NFL is going to punish him for hitting high, he’ll target another area of the body.
NO he shouldn't be targeting ACLs. No he doesn't need to go low. There is such thing as proper tackling technique. Just go back to peewee football for Gods sake. BUT Meriweather isn't alone in this. In fact, I actually applaud him for his honesty. In today's NFL, you cannot win as a defender. ESPECIALLY a safety. Any "OOH" and "AHH" from a fan after a big hit, legal or not, is getting flagged and you're getting fined. It's just the way the game is going. The NFL is trying to put a stop to these concussions and are neglecting one HUGE issue. Players knees.
“To be honest, you’ve just got to go low now,” Meriweather said, according to ESPN 980′s Chris Russell. “You gotta end people’s careers. You gotta tear people’s ACLs, mess up people’s knees. You can’t him them high anymore. You’ve just got to go low.”
ACL tears and injuries are at an all-time high. It seems like every week we lose two or three players thanks to an ACL injury. I've personally spoke to three current NFL players who have told me they would rather have multiple concussions than to have ONE ACL tear. Think about it ... you could lose your ENTIRE career with one low shot to the leg. It is a quick-hitting injury. A concussion, while having longer lasting effects on the players life, is something you can come back from in days, not months. Try telling a player who is having a breakout season that in order to prevent head injuries, we are pretty much green-lighting Brandon Meriweather and Bernard Pollard to take a shot at your knee. Day over, season over and probably any hope you had at the big time contract OVER.
Sure, the NFL is taking precautions regarding head injuries and it is not likely to end anytime soon, but what do you want a player in Meriweather's situation to do? Rather than try to make a play to help his team win a game, you are forcing them to hesitate even .1 seconds and boom, you're beat for a touchdown. It isn't just on these players to relearn everything they have done on a daily routine for 10 years. The NFL, its coaches and trainers and players all need to go back to step one and practice what they were taught in peewee football -- proper tackling technique.
I don't agree with you Brandon, but I certainly know where you are coming from. From now on bud, drive your lead shoulder into the ball carrier's hips/midsections. Avoid helmet to helmet or helmet to lower-leg contact please. Do us all a favor. We don't want to be sitting here in fifteen years watching flag football.