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steelersbabex25
11-08-2010, 05:47 PM
All the Steelers are speaking out..go figure.

http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/11/08/ryan-clark-nfl-ruined-by-crackdown-on-helmet-to-helmet-hits/


Kurt Coleman's hit on Austin Collie, a play that left Collie laid out motionless for several minutes on the Lincoln Financial Field, incited plenty of discussion in its wake.

In a near-unanimous chorus, NFL analysts criticized the 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty Coleman was flagged for and pleaded with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to not punish Coleman, despite Collie's injury -- the Indianapolis receiver suffered a concussion on the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark also weighed in on the controversy via Twitter, arguing that the rules recently enacted by the NFL to protect its offensive players had gone too far.

"We can't flag people because a hit is hard. May God bless Austin Collie but that hit was not illegal. The game is ruined!" Clark (@RyanClark25) tweeted.

"Special thanks to all the media. The little league world series in now more physical than professional football. You've been heard!"

This isn't the first time Clark's been vocal about the NFL's policy on helmet-to-helmet hits. Following a brutal Week 6 that saw several players leave games with head injuries, the NFL adjusted its rules to allow for suspensions on particularly dangerous hits. Clark responded, again on Twitter:

"So the NFL wants to suspend players for helmet to helmet due to injuries, yet the NFL wants 2 more games. Make sense?"

It remains to be seen if Goodell issues any fine or suspension to Coleman, but Clark -- somewhat ironically -- could face disciplinary action himself for coming to Coleman's defense. And while Coleman may sidestep a punishment, Packers defensive back Nick Collins likely won't be so lucky. Collins was hit with a 15-yard penalty in Green Bay's Sunday night win over Dallas when he launched himself into a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cowboys receiver Roy Williams, who had to be helped off the field after lying face down for a moment.


My personal favorite part is, "Special thanks to all the media. The little league world series in now more physical than professional football. You've been heard!"

Aint that the truth.

jnes1216
11-08-2010, 06:03 PM
Did you see the Eagle penalized for his hand "brushing" up against Peyton Mannings helmet. Worst call I have ever seen.

LatrobePA
11-08-2010, 06:05 PM
He's right.

Collins fined 50K for hit on williams, that one was legit!

Steel Trap86
11-08-2010, 06:52 PM
Did you see the Eagle penalized for his hand "brushing" up against Peyton Mannings helmet. Worst call I have ever seen.

That was bullshit, all he was doing was trying to strip the ball and hit the top of his helmet by mistake, but lets get real...it's Peyton Manning, they're gonna call it.

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He's right.

Collins fined 50K for hit on williams, that one was legit!

that was as big a cheap shot as it gets. i like the way the packers are playing for the most part, but that was just unnecessary

super cleats
11-08-2010, 07:03 PM
that hit on collie was glorious how can they fine him for that, stuuuuuuuupid people

SteelDad
11-08-2010, 07:06 PM
With Czar, errrrrrr, Commissioner Goodell in Cincy tonight, you know someone is going to get laid out and those flags will fly like crazy with zebras knowing he's there. RC is absolutely right and there's no stopping it.

Clevelandsux
11-08-2010, 07:13 PM
I understand that the players must be protected. But also I understand the Steelers style of play, and goodell is trying to take that away from us.

igor0190
11-08-2010, 07:31 PM
Definately a double standard for peyton manning... can't touch him or his receivers. He is the poster boy of the NFL. Thankfully the Eagles won that game in spite all those manning biased penalties.