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[News] Eisenberg: Ed Reed Is No Headhunter

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The league is singling out a poster child, but he's more chess player than punk.

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WOW that picture is an excellent example how offensive players lower their helmets. How are you supposed to hit them Mr. Goodell?
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its a Good thing Goodell had all of the "Real" Refs in to watch team practises and OTAs to make sure everyone was on the same page...... oh wait,

this is a joke and Pure BS. 2010??? really?? a game check too?? did the Goodell send a letter to Reed after the last one to let him know he was on Double Secerte probation ?
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you could watch almost any other game last sunday and i bet you will see a more vicious hit then ed's honestly there helmets taped and only because of the receiver putting his head forward this is Sad
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The question is, where is the NFL going to draw the line? I respect the fact that they are making a good effort (and a good PR campaign) to increase player safety, but they are running the risk of changing the game for the worse. If a safety conscience, future hall of famer like Ed Reed is consistantly (according to NFL officials at least) not able to abide by the rules, how can we expect the average football player to consistantly administer a "legal" tackle? No one wants to see a player get hurt (not even a Steeler's player) but when does the NFL start standing for the "National Flag Football League"?
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There needs to be a rule that receivers cannot duck their heads. They must remain upright before, during and after the reception....until they are tackled or run out of bounds. That is the only way you can guarantee no head-to-head contact.

Also...running backs must run upright, and no one with the bal is allowed to dive forward for additional yardage. To dangerous.

Complete crock........the game is inherently a dangerous game. Play it or leave it......but don't change it into a politically correct game of hand-holding.
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Maybe they should be required to ask permission to tackle the receiver first...or require the receiver to remain upright after catching a pass. No diving for additional yardage..too dangerous!!
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@20ravens52: You're absolutely right! That picture shows exactly the problem that defenders have to deal with. How is Reed supposed to tackle this player? Where is Ed supposed to go here? Edelman is quite low here and is lowering his head all while running forward. So is Ed supposed to stop running and try to position himself so he won't get helmet to helmet? Tackling the proper way (shoulders to the chest, with head outside of the body) can still result in helmet to helmet if the offensive player lowers their head. Just plain ridiculous.
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Ed Reed plays VERY physical, and is aggressive. However, EVERYONE knows that he's not dirty. Maybe Goodell should be sent on a crossing route...?
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"but he is going to have to explain why he elected to go in so high"...THAT right there shows us how ridiculous the league is getting. The WR should have to explain why he went low; making it impossible for Ed to adjust and go lower at that point. But the hell with logic, according to good ol' Roger. He may as well get it over with now...just say it, Roger...two hand touch by 2014...just say it!
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I know there is the players association and such, but I think there should be more former football players involved in the rule making. I bet they could come up with more proactive rules that would keep players safe while preserving the integrity of the game. But guys in suits who havent played football since highschool aren't really cutting it in "today's" league.
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Can I fine the NFL for being a repeat offender at ruining the game of football we all know and love? I'll be happy to provide an address for them to send the check.
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If they're that bent on "protecting" the players...get rid of the game altogether. These "rules" are actually making it more dangerous; because now players are more inclined to over think, changing their minds within seconds...not good...both players are in more danger now then they were prior to these rules.

Tell me: Have we seen less injuries (head injuries) since the NFL in all its wisdom has began "protecting" the players? NO!
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Hines ward is probably the dirtiest player to ever play the game. He never was suspended and is now running around with his big mouth bad mouthing our coach because of the fake field goal against the Raiders.
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[quote name='dwhravens' timestamp='1353441298' post='1227365']
Hines ward is probably the dirtiest player to ever play the game. He never was suspended and is now running around with his big mouth bad mouthing our coach because of the fake field goal against the Raiders.
[/quote] Whines Hard should be fined for existing.
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Reed should sue the league for allowing the offensive player to lower his head and therefore putting Ed in dangers way. Why does the penalty and fine always go against the Defense when the offensive player lowers their head last. I know that this will not change, but it does show how hipocritical the NFL has become.
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[quote name='metalraven' timestamp='1353440203' post='1227347']
Ed Reed plays VERY physical, and is aggressive. However, EVERYONE knows that he's not dirty. Maybe Goodell should be sent on a crossing route...?
[/quote] lol! Maybe soon, all the defenders will only be able to run and tackle backwards. You know...for their "saftey."
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[quote name='ravenhomer' timestamp='1353439452' post='1227331']
Maybe they should be required to ask permission to tackle the receiver first...or require the receiver to remain upright after catching a pass. No diving for additional yardage..too dangerous!!
[/quote] lol! Maybe soon, all the defenders will only be able to run and tackle backwards. You know...for their "saftey" and all.
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the league is loosing it's credibility more an more each day this was a political suspension to deal with the lawsuits coming in out the yin yang from concussions steaming from head to head contact saying they are doing something about it its ridiculous Goodell is screwing up the NFL
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High School football is starting to become more fun to watch ,as well as College because those hits occur everyday and nothing happens ,im sorry But Goddell is not the first 3 letters in his name and he is def looking more like a Dictator everyday ,maybe hes bitter hes not getting paid as much as he likes ,or maybe his lost long dream of playing in the NFL never happened ,but its Time the Nfl perhaps hands the ranks down to a new GM in the NFL.
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Just curious, Ravens Nation,

Someone answer this question for me please... {anxious to read the answers}

The $423,529.00 that Ed Reed will NOT be paid if the one game suspension is upheld will remain with the Ravens organization and would reduce this year's cap OR is it considered a fine which gets collected by Roger Goddell's boys at NFL?

Personally, I think that Reed's suspension stinks and is just plain & simply ... WRONG!
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The league is all about player safety, which is admirable. But, what if that rib would've clipped Big Ben's aorta and killed him on the field? You cannot predict injuries, you can only try to prevent them. That being said, you can only soften this game so much before it starts to lose it's allure, and we're getting there now if we're not already past that point. The rules favor offense now, since explosive offense = ratings and highlights.

Being careful with all possible concussions is the best thing. But the context of the hit needs to be looked at more closely when deciding punishment. In this instance, a flag was more than enough. The receiver could easily get to his feet after the hit, and the Steelers are a team that you don't want to surrender field to. If Sanders had been really hurt, or if Reed had deliberately gone for a killshot, or if Reed had done some kind of celebration afterward, this would be warranted.
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I agree they need to look at this without blinders on. I know they're trying some way to be safer, they just need to tweak the rules a little. Maybe this massive fine will help them to get it right, or at least better rules, IDk, however. There's too much political pressure on Goodell and the league to stop its current direction in this matter, no?
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[quote name='NorwayLovesRavens' timestamp='1353444425' post='1227405']
Just curious, Ravens Nation,

Someone answer this question for me please... {anxious to read the answers}

The $423,529.00 that Ed Reed will NOT be paid if the one game suspension is upheld will remain with the Ravens organization and would reduce this year's cap OR is it considered a fine which gets collected by Roger Goddell's boys at NFL?

Personally, I think that Reed's suspension stinks and is just plain & simply ... WRONG!
[/quote]

It's a fine that gets donated to charity. It does not reduce the cap number.
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