The game of football is said to be getting soft.
The one position that has always been protected by the officiating crews is the quarterback position. I was a defensive player, and always hated the protection the QB got from the ref. At the end of the day it is what it is, and you learn to live with it, or get hit with fines if you rough up the quarterback.
Thursday night when I tuned into the 2016 NFL Kickoff, I noticed something that isn’t normal in the NFL. I saw Cam Newton being hit late, and hit in the head. First I thought that it was just me, but then my co-worker and former NFL lineman Marcus Price said “man did you see Cam get hit late all night?” I told him I did, and we had a conversation about it.
Broadcasters always talk about Cam’s stature and how big and strong he is. They do it so much I think people believe it, and think that him being hit late is no big deal. I must beg to differ, these are some shots that can cut this young man’s season, or even career, short. It’s bad because you know if it were Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees it wouldn’t go uncalled. Yes, I said it. Now am I saying it’s a black thing? No, I’m not saying that at all. But just because Cam is big, and athletic doesn’t make it okay to tee off on him.
If you breathe on Brady hard it is a flag. He will go into baby mode and start complaining about it.
Cam takes the beating with little complaint, but if you are supposed to protect the QB. protect all of them the same. Don’t have a double standard on how you call bad hits to the head.
So people what do you think? Do calls get missed because of Newton’s size?
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