What can the NFL do?Tuesday, October 19, 2010 By Ivan CarterCSNwashington.com ContributorThe NHL turned serious about hits to the head last season and as a result, a guy like Coyotes captain Shane Doan was put in the position to receive a three game suspension and a hefty 73,000 fine for a nasty check in a recent game. Good work NHL. I would imagine that every player in hockey saw the suspension, saw the fine and thought to themselves: "Wow, three games and 73 large? I think I'll be careful out there." Now, the NFL is talking about cracking down on hits to the head and after seeing some of the brutal hits handed out Sunday, who can argue about that? My question is this: how far should the NFL go with what is a violent game? I mean, players are getting bigger, faster and stronger every year and the improvements in equipment have only made players feel more protected. Here's the thing however: it IS and has ALWAYS been a violent, nasty game. Do we really want defensive players from our team pausing for a split second on a crucial third down play and thinking before going to deliver a hit? Is that even realistic? It's a fast moving game, one in which players are expected to makes decisions instantly or get run over or otherwise embarrassed for failure to do so.Case in point: it's third-and-one late in Sunday's game at Chicago and the Bears hand off to a running back who has a crack of daylight. Skins safety LaRon Landry comes flying up and does what exactlty? Break down and attempt to wrap up at the point of contact? But that would allow the back to get the first down right? No, he's going to fly in there and try to crush the guy as Skins Nation would want him to do, perhaps causing a game-turning fumble in the process. THAT is the crux of this argument and I'm not sure I have the answers. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below....Today's show is a good one and we'll be hitting this topic and others with former Skins GM Charley Casserly and the Post's Barry Svrluga plus I hang with the Washington Rugby Club in a new segment where I'm asking viewers to challenge me at....whatever. Get involved at twitter.comwashpostlive.
What can the NFL do?
October 19, 2010, 5:44 pm