After reading the hockey thread earlier today, I Dr. Garbanzoured I would chime in on how great it was when Harrison almost knocked Colt McCoy's head off in a nearly legal play which will likely end up in Harrison being suspended for a game, and being fined 100 grand. There was a discussion in the hockey thread about what is legal, which made me realize NFL legality is about 3,254 times more interesting than NHL legality.
Quick background for you Canadians. There are many rules protecting Quarterbacks in the NFL, because they are fragile. You basically can't hit them hard, or anywhere near their face. Even running into them accidentally is a 15 yard penalty. QBs are your grandmother.
Now, stick with me, helment to helment contact is not allowed on a QB in the backfield or a defenseless WR. It is allowed on a RB, and encouraged. Once a QB decides to run the ball, they are a RB, and will die unless they slide (another stupid rule protecting QBs).
I should also say a QB is allowed to throw the ball as long as they are behind the line of scrimage. Once they cross that line, they die (or slide).
Colt McCoy tucked his head and declared himself a RB, Harrison tucked his head and declared he was going to murder McCoy, then one yard before the line of scrimage, McCoy decided to throw the ball instead (which he is allowed to do).
My point is, how is Harrison suppose to realize he can't hit him on the 40 yard line, but can on the 39?
I worked late and had to record the game, so I just finished watching it. The Harrison hit will be huge news tomorrow, so I'm just telling you how awesome it was, and how stupid it will be when he gets fined and/or suspended. The difference is one yard.
Post by Shaxspear III Esq. on Dec 9, 2011 16:54:04 GMT -5
While I'm not an advocate of the pussyfication that has taken over the NFL over the last few years, Harrison straight up tried to murder McCoy with that hit. Should he have been able to lay him out with that play and field position? Absolutely. But after watching the replay a few times, it looked pretty clear that he was leading with his helmet to to McCoy's face. He could have very easily blown McCoy up by lowering his shoulder. He's gonna get suspended because of the helmet to the face, not because it was a late hit behind th LOS. I also disagree that helmet to helmet hits are encouraged on RBs, because 9/10 times the RB is going to be on the winning end of that battle.