Fins WR Hartline on Swearinger explanation: “It’s crap”
In case you missed the hit that ended the season of Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller, it was a legal hit.
A hit the NFL is asking for, because they don’t want players to hit high. And that’s exactly what Texans rookie safety DJ Swearinger was doing – avoiding an illegal hit – and a fine stemming from it.
While he explained his reasoning for going low, he issued an apology for hitting like Roger Goodell expects:
“I was making a hit playing football,” Swearinger said. “In this league you’ve got to go low. If you go high you’re going to get a fine….The rules say you can’t hit high so I went low and I’m sorry that happened. I would think you’d rather have more concussions than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can’t come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple in a couple of weeks.”
While I don’t agree a guy would rather have a concussion than a knee injury, Swearinger has a point. In this new day and age in the league, hits are going to be different because some ex-lawyer named Roger Goodell thinks he knows how the game of football should be played.
Is it a clean hit? No. But it’s one of the few hits that are still legal. Thanks, Roger.
Fast forward a few days and the hit is still the talk of the ‘Fins locker room. Players aren’t happy about it.
“It’s crap,” Dolphins WR Brian Hartline said via WQAM regarding Swearinger’s explanation. ”I mean I think that, me personally, if you’re telling me, ‘Oh, I’m so worried about going high or hurt[ing] the head,’ you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”
“I have a lot of good pros on my team, and from what they have said to me is that there is no place for that in the game today,” He said.
I agree, it’s a dangerous hit – but thanks to Goodell it’s a legal hit – and we’re probably going to see a lot more in the future….that is until he bans ALL hits.
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