and you know what before the season started there were some cheapy deals available that we didnt go for. We could have used a guard bandaid if they werent willing to have a long term solution
So we fans sit there and say, hey, why not??? But it really is not on the radar of the player and they are focused on what they are doing with the team, the coaches etc....
So Smith signed off on a 4:1 ratio of pass calls to run calls?
That's what we did, so we're going to stay with that plan," he said. "Sometimes the plan changes during the course of a game. We're not happy with what happened, but not going to sit here now ... it's pretty easy in hindsight to say we wish we would have done this a little bit better. As I started off early on, I said we need to have balance, more balance, and that's what we'll do."
What worked for Martz in Dallas was adjustment. You don't have to have a perfect gameplan, just be able to "get into" a better one when things break down. They failed to do this, and blatantly so. Passing the ball (or planning to) 80% of the time, when everything is broken, is just idiotic.
Run the ball. Make shorter drops (like in Dallas). Take what is given to you instead of holding out every time for the winning lottery ticket. Make adjustments.
It should be simple for them, they are professionals, right?
ChrisHarrisNFL No one intentionally tries to hit illegally (helmet to helmet) its just part of the game. The reason u see a lot of guys getting hurt now as
ChrisHarrisNFL Opposed to back n the day is bc its a diff breed of athletes now. Guys r a lot stronger and faster which creates higher impact hits.
ChrisHarrisNFL And impact these guys are hitting with is unbelievable and of course dangerous. Its a damn Gladiator mentality. #sorry
ChrisHarrisNFL I feel the NFL is singling out defensive players. What about the running backs who are running towards me then lower their heads at contact
ChrisHarrisNFL Think about the Brandon Jacobs n Marion Barbers n Adrien Petersons. They r physical runners who lower their heads n try to run u over to get
ChrisHarrisNFL That extra yard or first down. That's inviting helmet to helmet contact. There is no way u can get from it in this league ....point blank
Damn right #46
it's a dangerous sport... you go into it KNOWING it's a dangerous sport. what's the saying?? if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen???
if your not willing to sacrafice your body, then go play golf.
to me, got no problem with the "blatant" and "intent to injure" head/head ala what merriweather did where basically head butted the WR.. that is bush league... and IMO the desean jackson hit , really hard, BUT LEGAL as he lead with shoulder( even though head also got hit, no "intention to injure" or the jim leanord hit was legal... The 'gray area' hits a little tougher, like the james harrison hit on the RB where did go helmet to helmet,, but can't tell if intentional.. that will always be the Controversial one
The OTHER PROBLEM no one is bring up, is if you outlaw all hitting up top, will Force the Players to go for the legs alot more often, and You will then see some real horrific knee/leg injuries as the hits to legs increase and dont think anyone wants to see that
The way we protect QB's is shameless. Remember Brady faking a slide against Url in '06?? Bet the next time a QB takes a huge hit when REALLY sliding, the NFL fines Url or another LB and the player points to plays like that. Look at the rook in AZ that tried to cut back against the Aints.... he lowered his head and dove forward. The D has to react to that possibility. You cannot just hold the D player accountable, you have to look at all of it.
Agree 100% about too much protection to the Qb's.. just saying can still allow the hitting, just eliminate the "flagrant helmet to helmet" shots that are dirty( ala merriweather) .. the other's leave alone and "at worst" fines not suspensions