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Discussion in 'Chicago Bears' started by Jimmors, Oct 29, 2013.
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I think what he said was taken out of context. But being him, of course it is going to sound worse.
What I read was that he feels the NFL is forcing him to do something that he feels has a bigger risk of injuring the target. He does not want to go at someone's knees because that could be career ending, so he would rather go high to "protect" a player from a more serious injury.
The problem with his logic though, is while the NFL does not want you going high, they also don't want you to go low. You gotta nail a guy in the breadbasket, hit them in the chest.
And what is the context then for saying "you have to go low, you have to end people's careers, you got to tear people's ACLs?" I cant fathom what possible context there is for that.
I cant wait till AP goes down with another knee injury, or say another Tom Brady or Manning take down thats career ending. Then the owners will hopefully have enough of Goodells crap and get rid of him once and for all
Thought I explained that
"He feels like I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league, too. ... You tell me who you'd rather have? Someone who plays aggressive on the field or someone who beat up their girlfriend?"
Deflecting criticism, and resorting to a petty insult, while Marshall's response makes Meriweather look even worse:
"I'm praying for that guy," Marshall said. "He actually reached out to me last week and I told him that I was more concerned about him and his health, because I think a few weeks before our game I saw him lying on the field just out cold. It was a scary situation. I never want to see him or any player laid out like that.
"As far as what he said today: you can only pray for someone with those feelings. So that's all I have to say about that."
Marshall took the high road here, for sure. Meriweather didn't endear himself to anyone in the NFL.
Edit: With the NFL starting to really clamp down on play like this, he's certainly in first place to earn a lifetime ban. Suh has his moments, but with the NFL fining him, literally "to teach him a lesson", his time in the league is circling the drain.
First off, guys aren't turning into 45-year-old vegetables and offing themselves because their knees got torn up. They are doing so because of issues from concussions, from repeated hits to the head. I dislike Goddell as much as anyone. However, they are right to crack down on hits like these. Meriweather is a piece of shit. He is a bad, dirty player. It's no accident or coincidence that he constantly leaves his feet and smashes people in the helmet. He has done it his whole career. He's dirty, and Marshall is right, he need to be kicked out of the league.
And these concussion issues aren't going away whenever Goddell does. The NFL tried their best to make them "go away" when they hired doctors to make up false evidence and discredit studies which said concussions were a huge problem. The NFL denied and covered up the issue for a decade. Once the evidence got so overwhelming that the NFL couldn't ignore it, they had to act. These acts are about preserving the game. The NFL just paid out nearly one BILLION dollars to former players. If they let guys continue doling out headshots even after we discovered they are killing people, they'll pay out $10 billion next time.
Guys can get ACL surgeries, have knees replaced, and live normal, healthy lives. Brains don't heal like knees do. But most importantly, this scumbag Meriweather fails to notice that there is a GIGANTIC hit area, from mid-thigh to the shoulders. Most other players don't have issues avoiding killshots. If he can't figure out how to hit anyone in a way that doesn't involve concussing them or shredding their knees, he should be out of the league.
Why would the owners want to get rid of Goodell? he's done nothing but increase their profits and lower the overall cost of their players. What you don't think head shots are career ending, but knee shots are? Steve Young, Troy Aikmen, and Trent Green might well disagree w/you.
Benj, I don't totally disagree w/you...but he's not articulate enough, nor does he have a clear enough past to allow him to pull off what he said. He comes off sounding like an ass.
Henry, I agree, Marshal handed this very well, near perfect and Merriweather is made to look like a bigger ass.
If the NFL or the CFL wants to get serious about head and neck injuries, they should be looking at the Rugby definition of a dangerous tackle. While it doesn't remove the possibility of concussions, it will lessen the odds. Any hit to the head or neck while tackling or using your body as a projectile, results in a penalty. If those rules were implemented, we could get rid of things like flags for hitting "defenceless" players, bring back kickoff returns, and remove many of the other protective rules that are dumbing down the game. Players will have to learn to tackle rather than just drill the opponent.
The Pro Bowl would be a good place to run a trial of these rules.
Exactly. Because of who he is it is taken out of context. He is not able to speak too clearly about what he is trying to say, but it isn't hard to figure out.
He doesn't want to go for the knees, but with the NFL suspending him for going high, he feels they are telling him to go at the knees, which he feels would end their careers. Hence the "I guess I have to end careers" line.