“They might as well just take us off the field and see how many points you can score on offense in 60 minutes.” – Ryan Clark, August 2013
Ryan Clark might lack Lambert’s brevity, but his criticism of the NFL as equally accurate as it is damming.
- When it comes to hypocrisy, the NFL knows no limits.
But like a spoiled child, the NFL wants to have its cake and eat it too.
This is nothing new. In the early and mid 1970’s there was an opposing defender who was so physical with receivers downfield that the NFL had to modify its rules, preventing defenders from touching receivers beyond 5 yards.
That defender was of course Mel Blount, and Chuck Noll took advantage of the rules changes to unleash Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Bennie Cunningham and Super Bowls XIII and XIV followed.
The NFC Titan’s of the 1980’s followed suit Bill Walsh and Joe Montana and Joe Gibbs and a trio of quarterbacks dominated a decade.
- But as happens, NFL defensive coordinators did what they do – they adapted.
- Of course increase pressure resulted in more injuries to quarterbacks.
The same thing is repeating itself today. The NFL is rightly attempting to protect players, both defensive and offensive, from head injuries. So defensive backs adjust their technique to avoid the head and neck.
- The result is that players like Dustin Keller suffer knee injuries as a result of a hit by D.J. Swearinger.
And the one doing the investigating is none other than the Steelers old friend Ray Anderson….
…Ray Anderson who made a similar “not illegal now but…” statement after Hines Ward devastating block of Keith Rivers. Ray Anderson who singled out James Harrison while turning a bind eye to questionable hits on Ben Roethlisberger…. (Click here for more on the Steelers and Anderson)
Yeah, Ryan Clark is right to call out the NFL.