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Hines Ward: QBs might have some blame on big hits

Posted on: October 23, 2010 7:17 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

We talked to Thurman Thomas recently, and he made a funny (but salient) point -- some blame for big hits has to be placed on quarterbacks, especially if they continually hang their receivers out to dry over the middle.

Hines Ward agrees with this theory.

"It's funny, I was talking to [Mohamed] Massaquoi about quarterbacks pregame," Ward said. "I told him it's rough playing with three different quarterbacks. It's especially tough playing with a rookie. If he considers you his go-to guy, he's going to watch you run your route the whole way. That's what happened on that play when [Massaquoi] was hit. [Colt McCoy] followed him with his eyes the whole way. James saw that and knew that pass was coming."

Ward also pointed some blame towards Kevin Kolb on the hit that's knocked DeSean Jackson out for this week's game against the Titans.

"[Dunta Robinson's] quarterback didn't see the cornerback there and led him right into him," Ward said. "What was he supposed to do? He led with his shoulder. That's a good football play. If he tackles him low, he blows out his knees and ends his career. Is that what the league's trying to tell us it wants?"

Of course, Ward didn't put all the blame on the quarterbacks -- he also called the changes "ridiculous" (blame on the league) and told Massaquoi that he need not run through the middle of zone coverage (blame on the receiver).

Ultimately, it is up to the defensive player, because they're the ones making the hits, but there are absolutely steps that offensive players and coaches can take to help prevent their teammates from getting devastated -- you probably just won't see those on Sunday, now that the NFL put everyone on notice, opening up the possibility of dink-and-dunk exploitation of zone coverage throughout the day.

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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Hines Ward: QBs might have some blame on big hits

toris60, are you serious?  Do you actually advocate fining college players?  You do realize they are not paid for their work, right? 

Also, learn how to spell WRAP.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:34 pm
 

Hines Ward: QBs might have some blame on big hits

There is no one to blame but the hitters themselves.  Coming up through pop warner and High School, you are taught to "RAP UP"and TACKLE.... head up .......not spear, or launch yourself into a player.  You can do that with the player going through the line of scrimmage....or the player going across the middle..IT'S FUNDAMENTALS.......Rap up and tackle.....PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!

 I say fine the crap out of them along with Corresponding suspension.......This should be in effect for college as well.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Hines Ward: QBs might have some blame on big hits

I agree with Hines Ward (and by extension, Thurman Thomas).  It shouldn't surprise anybody that the NFL has put the onus on the defense; they've been making the game a more offensive-minded one over the last few years, and it's been far from subtle.

But yes, QB's do have to share the blame if they're leading their receivers to getting crushed.  One's a rookie (McCoy), the other is a guy who only has a few starts (Kolb).  No surprise there.


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