Illegal hits to head still a problem in the NFL
With new rules and regulations kicking in and the officials trying to make NFL more player friendly and safe over the last four years, the boon of illegal intentional hits is still a prevalent problem, in the NFL. The league has taken to picking out wrong hits fast and handing out equally just penalties and probations to players that practice them, which has proven as an effective measure to curb a percentage of the problem.
The AP said that the NFL was doing great to stop the illegal hits from happening but still sometimes they happened without intention and were honest mistakes. After all, Football is a highly physical sport in which body contact is inevitable, and so is hard hits. Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson said that "sometimes you just can't control where you hit somebody." There is a lot of justification to his statement and players of all positions and stances on the matter will agree to it to some extent or most of it.
The defensive players do accept that making the game safer for all others is everyone’s job and they are no exception. Titans safety Bernard Pollard said that dirty hits had to be penalized hard to make sure they won’t happen again.
"The face mask, that's going to happen. The pass interference, those things are going to happen. The stupid fouls, hitting the quarterbacks late and doing all the other stuff we've done, we have to eliminate it," said Titans safety Bernard Pollard.
But the sentiment among the defenders also stands that they are being subjected to stricter rules about the hits that the offensive is being charged with and at points the disparity becomes a huge problem as they are limited from doing and stopping the offense whereas they can do what they are fined for. Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said that it was true and they did get fined for no reason.
"No doubt. Guys are still getting penalized for clean shots, getting fined for clean shots, and there's no other explanation to it,” he said. “Just like they're holding us accountable for trying to make that right hit, they've got to hold themselves accountable for making the right calls on the field, and making the right decision on who to fine and how much to fine."