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Texans lament league's hit rules
Middle linebacker Brian Cushing said two players pulled back from delivering a vicious blow. He understood why, but it irked him.
"They're probably doing the right thing, but at the same time, I don't know if I'd be happy if that was one of my guys," Cushing said.
The NFL's intent is to protect defenseless players from hits to the head, and defensive end Antonio Smith commends the effort. But he wonders if there has been too much analysis of plays that, by nature, happen quickly.
"It's a fine line — it gives the offense an advantage," Smith said. "They think you have that much control over every particle in your body. It's like, 'I need to slow down in the midst of running full speed, adjust because this receiver adjusted by tucking his head, and then I have to tuck even lower.' Sometimes it just seems unrealistic."
Quin agrees with Smith. The cornerback suffered a concussion last year against the Colts, the result of a tackle gone awry, and wonders why there isn't equality.
"I know what the league is trying to protect against, but as a defensive player, you see just as many concussions from guys going low and getting kneed in the head," Quin said. "You go low, they catch you with the knee, you get the concussion, and they're not going to get fined."
The rules are in place, and they will be enforced. Based on one weekend, the players have complied. Anderson told the Associated Press this week that two of the chief offenders, New England safety Brandon Meriweather and Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison, "heeded our emphasis."
And it sounds like the Texans plan to as well.
"This is a passing game," safety Bernard Pollard said. "Routes have changed; players have changed. It's just so hard. But at the end of the day, we're professionals. They want us to adhere to what they're saying. It's a must, or we're not going to be here."
Then again …
"If they're touchdown-saving plays, you've got to take that shot," Quin said.
Added Cushing: "I'd go for it. No question about it. I'm playing football. I'm not going to take a dirty hit, but I've hit the same way for years now, and I'm going to continue to do that.
"But I think people are making a bigger deal of this than the players are. The players are going to play. Yes, we're concerned about the fines and suspensions, but at the end of the day, it's football. We have to get the guy down."
Hopefully the guys don't get suspended. Be smart fellas.