Here is a list of actions (did I miss any?) the NFL has deemed to be flaggrant and excessive. I have been concerned about where the NFL is headed regarding these calls. I only hope that one of these calls doesn't go against us in a playoff game and cost us the game (ie big 3rd down stop late in the game...but noooo...late hit on the QB...questionable call but the ref throws the flag anyway...UGH)
1. Can not hit the QB in the head (even if inadvertly b/c your trying to block a pass)
2. Can not hit the QB below the knees (even if blocked into him)
3. If you are fortunate to hit the QB, without drawing an infraction, you must not land on him unnecessarily.
4. No horse collar tackle. Can someone explain what else a defense player is supposed to try an grab as an offense player is running away from him?
5. No helmet to helmet. I played football from the age of 9 through 4 years in college and let me tell you...in a lot of instances you lead with your head.
6. No launching. What the hell does that me? I mean...I know what it means but come on...so your supposed to tackle flat footed?
7. Can not push someone around the pile after the whistle...no matter if you are in motion before the whistle blows, didn't hear the whistle, or can not stop your momentum.
8. Can not hit someone out of bounds...no matter if the player is just barely OB and you are running full speed and the player steps out of bounds in the last possible second.
I understand what the NFL is trying to do but they are on a very slippery slope. By it's nature the game is a violent collison sport. By all means have rules for flaggrant, personal fouls but as it stands now, most times a player is laid out by a big hit, it draws a flag.
More rules to come? When the NFL said it will review "crack back" hits like Hines had on Cincinniti LB Rivers it's apparent things are only going to get worse. So, now every one on the field is 'defense-less...LB's in pursit of a RB, special teams players chasing the ball?