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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; NFL: Saints' Thomas not defenseless, Whitner helmet hit legal Whitner was not penalized because the tackle was not against a defenseless player. Helmet-to-helmet hits are banned against defenseless players in eight categories, and a runner is not one of those ...

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Old 01-15-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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NFL: Saints' Thomas not defenseless, Whitner helmet hit legal

Whitner was not penalized because the tackle was not against a defenseless player. Helmet-to-helmet hits are banned against defenseless players in eight categories, and a runner is not one of those categories. Thomas was considered a runner because he had made a catch, turned and made a "football move" before being hit.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #2
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I need a rule book to keep up with this. I think either they call helmet on helmet all the time or stop doing it at all. The definition of "defenseless player" is subjective at best.
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I actually agree with the NFL on this one (there were other non-calls that I thought were bs).

The Defender didn't launch his helmet into the player or anything along those lines.

Was it a vicious hit? Absolutely. But if you're going to take away vicious hits, why bother with the game?

Where I think the NFL is really guilty is in their equipment requirements. There are helmets out there that do a much better job at protecting from head injuries. Why aren't they used?

My theory is that they are 1) more expensive and 2) not made by the company that they have under licensing contracts to make their equipment. Again, just a theory, though...
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #4
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I agree! Can't call helmet to helmets only sometimes, either get rid of the rule or get strict!
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Of coarse it was legal...... it was a hit on a Saints player!

This is for the guy who saw it and didn't throw a flag and for the guy who said it was legal.

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Old 01-15-2012, 03:16 PM   #6
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Totally ridiculous rule.
Helment to helment, head butt should never be allowed with all that is out there , proven facts, about concussions.
It should be allowed all of the time or not at all if you have this rule.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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We'd eliminate football if you couldn't hit RB's. RB's put their head down to break tackles.

It was a perfectly legal hit. I fear the day they outlaw helmet to helmet on every player. The NFL would cease to exist.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #8
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What they failed to include in this article is that Whitner lead with his helmet, which is in fact, ILLEGAL. The league actually issued warnings at the beginning of the year to each team for this exact subject......YOU MAY NOT LEAD WITH THE HEAD WHEN TACKLING!
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #9
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Just so we can end this debate now:

"It has been broadcast at every level not to lead with your head."

- Dr. Hunt Batjer, co-chairman for the NFL's Brain, Head and Neck Medical Committee

NFL.com news: League could suspend players for helmet-to-helmet hits
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:16 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by W. Kovacs View Post
I actually agree with the NFL on this one (there were other non-calls that I thought were bs).

The Defender didn't launch his helmet into the player or anything along those lines.

Was it a vicious hit? Absolutely. But if you're going to take away vicious hits, why bother with the game?

Where I think the NFL is really guilty is in their equipment requirements. There are helmets out there that do a much better job at protecting from head injuries. Why aren't they used?

My theory is that they are 1) more expensive and 2) not made by the company that they have under licensing contracts to make their equipment. Again, just a theory, though...
Even if these helmets are better it's marginal at best. The amount of force from a hit like PT took, I'm willing to bet it's worse than getting hit in the head with a baseball bat at full force. No helmet can 100% protect the brain in that situation. It's going to get rattled in there. They need to just go ahead and make any helmet to helmet contact illegal. It takes away from the game but so what. It's a game.
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