Thursday, September 14, 2006

Quarterbacks Beware


NFL commissioner Opie Goodell does not have your back. The league will not fine or suspend Bengals Robert Geathers for his vicious hit on a defenseless Trent Green. The league reasoned that Green was not important enough to really be worth any trouble.

"Let me tell you, if Green had a dad who was a former quarterback or a brother playing quarterback in the league, we would have thrown the book at Geathers," said league spokesman Brian Gooberman. "Do you think we are going to go out of our way to protect a guy like Green? He has gray hair for crying out loud. Our commissioner dies his hair, and this quarterback thinks he doesn't have to? If anything, Geathers did us a favor."

Other low profile quarterbacks such as Chad Pennington, J.P. Losman, Brad Johnson, etc. have all been put on notice.

9 comments:

DAWUSS said...

The league source individual speaks the truth... Kind of a shame, isn't it. If his last name was Manning or Brady he (Geathers) would have been fined and ejected, and ESPN would still be ranting about it...

We've gone into some deep discussions about that hit at the WBC

Anonymous said...

The Bengals are bunch of tugs.

After all the bitching and crying the Carson Palmer did last year about the hit he took from Kimo von Oelhoffen, it's ironic that now he's trying to "protect" his own teammate. And Marvin "Thug Master" Lewis said that Kennison ran into Gaethers? LMAO

I hope the Bengals get their asses kicked next time they meet the Steelers.

Broncos Fan said...

I hope we play the Bengals soon.

Vegan Viking said...

Can you imagine the difficulty of being a defensive player in the NFL? You're running like a bat out of hell, the play is happening in seconds, you see a ball carrier and spring at him, and suddenly he slides while you're already launched or launching yourself, and now you're a bad guy? What are you supposed to do, slow up in front of a ball carrier, tame your instincts to not drill the ball carrier if he happens to be a QB, or risk letting the QB get past you for the first down and getting ripped on for that?

NFL Adam said...

Quarterbacks wear red jerseys in practice, so defensive players are familiar with not drilling the QB.

There is such a thing as incidental contact. But if you watch the replay, Geathers has both feet on the ground when Green is going into his slide. Geathers could have let up, or at least tried not to drive his shoulder into Green's head.

But you are missing the point here and that is the Mannings suck.

Conrad Bain said...

That hit was late. When Geathers left his feet, Dana Plato was still alive.

Vegan Viking said...

That's part of my point, NFL Adam. In practice, QBs where another color in order to separate them from the other players. It needs to be done; if they let the QB wear the same color jersey as everybody else and just said, "Don't hit the QB, guys," no QBs would make it through training camp.

I guess I feel when I we judge MOST "late" hits, we forget that a play takes a few seconds and that late hit was probably less than a second late. I don't think it's as easy as we think for a defensive player, in a tizzy to hit the hell out of people, to slow up his large, fast moving bodies in a matter of a few tenths of a second. With some obvious exceptions, I'm usually willing to give the defender a break. But maybe I'm wrong.

Conrad Bain said...

I agree with the point that if that had happened to a Manning, the league would be pissing its collective pants.

I've seen it before. Back in the day I used to flog Todd Bridges with a belt and the producers had no problem with it. But they would not let me administer to Coleman.

Paul Reubens said...

The Bengals are bunch of tugs.

How can I become a Bengal?