NFL Looking For More Ways To Protect Quarterbacks

Pretty soon they will put flags on quarterbacks

11/15/13 in NFL   |   nyjets891   |   36 respect

Nov 14, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) during warm ups prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsIn a period of football where the quarterback is as protected by the league and referees as the President is by secret service, it seems that you can no longer get a shot on the opponent's quarterback without drawing a flag and a hefty fine. You cannot hit him high and you cannot hit him low. You have a 1.5 foot target zone that is as hard to hit as a 99-mph fastball. So rather than make it EASIER, the NFL is now looking into expanded ways to protect their money-makers quarterbacks even further.

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating said that the league is interested in seeing if there was more they could do to keep the quarterbacks safe. They’ll review injury data for quarterbacks and other positions and look at video as part of the review process.

“Should he always get protection from low hits or head hits, regardless of the posture he’s presenting?” Blandino said, via the Associated Press. “Part of the conversation will be: Should that protection be expanded to all times when the quarterback has the ball in the pocket? Currently the quarterback is as protected now as he’s ever been, but I think that’s been the case for eight or nine years.”

I understand that these guys are targets back there. Blindside shots are a big deal as are big 350 lb men gunning for their knees or arms -- but what more can you possibly do? Are you going to put these guys in a bubble? I can't remember too many quarterbacks this season getting hurt in the pocket from a dangerous hit. Actually I think all but five or so quarterbacks started every game for their team and only one quarterback was placed on injured reserve.

Players are going to get hurt. What does this tell the other 52 men on the roster? Oh we don't care about you, we just care about the quarterback because they makes us the most money. We cannot have Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, etc go down, because we will lose millions. That isn't fair. The rules should be the same for each and every player out there.
The league already put the 'Tom Brady' rule in affect (no not the tuck rule the other rule they made for Tom) when he went down with a season-ending knee injury back in 2008. Lord knows how they are throwing flags at an all-time high for hits to, or anywhere around the helmet. Unless you make the quarterback stay in the pocket, there really is no way of further protecting them.
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You can maybe look to new rules for different blitzes or men to keep on the offensive line. Maybe limit the amount of untouched blitzers or making an extra lineman down to mandate it to six. I would hate those rules, but those could be ways to further protect these guys. In my opinion, I want to make these flags that the refs throw on these hits, challengeable. There are multiple flags thrown each week that are result of a big hit and fans oohing and awwing. Take the hit by New York Jets safety Josh Bush on Drew Brees two weeks ago (see photo) -- Josh was flagged 15 yards that could have cost his team a big win, for a "low hit on the quarterback" -- if you look, Josh couldn't have hit Brees any more textbook. I personally want to see those flags be challengeable.

I am always open for ways to improve the game and it's safety. I actually applaud how the NFL is protecting it's players, especially from concussions, but to sacrifice the games integrity in order to protect a quarterback in ways they don't need, is not good for anyone. I just hope it doesn't cost your favorite team a big game.
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