Blechen penalty: It's easy to teach it differently; JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP
WHEN YOU MAKE A TACKLE! That may have been how they taught you to tackle 20
years ago maybe even up until ten years ago when Brian started learning, but you
have to know at this point that you need to see what you hit, don't drop
the crown of your helmet.
@stgI thought that call on blechen was pretty weak. Yes I know that
is the rule but that was a pretty minor bit of contact, not a full blown lower
his head and light the guy up type of hit. I understand what they are trying to
accomplish with that rule, and I support it, but a little bit of discretion in
enforcing it would seem to be in order in my opinion. I've seen plenty of
those called where the defender was aiming for a lower tackle and because the
offensive player lowered his head it became helmet to helmet.
Duck, I guess I tend to have more of a conservative approach to that type of hit
having known people both injured by and manage injuries sustained by spearing
tackles. When I was watching the game and watched the play, I was pretty upset
with the flag because obviously the receiver was not in a "defenseless"
position, but on the first replay they showed, I agreed with the decision.I definitely know what you mean about the enforcement of that rule when
it comes to the offensive player inadvertently initiating helmet to helmet
contact, but this didn't seem to me to be one of those cases at all.
I'm not saying Blechen was aiming to hit him with the crown of his helmet.
There's some kind of perception b players that if you lower your head, you
can make the pop with your shoulders much harder, and I think that's what
he was trying to do. But I still think he ought to know better.
@stgYou are correct, it was the right call, it just was not much in
the way of contact but he did lower his head which is a penalty. I don't
fault the ref's I fault the rule. I think for it to be called it needs to
actually have done something and that one didn't do much. Those plays are
split second, really tough to always miss the head. But you're right,
it's a penalty.