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johnlimburg
08-21-2013, 06:47 AM
I wonder which idiot made that decision


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kD6h4tPNCk

InsaneBlaze23
08-21-2013, 06:51 AM
Completely stupid move by the league, how is this an illegal hit but the one on Dustin Keller is fine?
Dude speared the side of Keller's knee putting him out for the rest of the season.

This was a clean hit, he even did what players rarely do nowadays...wrap up.

dizzolve
08-21-2013, 06:59 AM
all they care about is the head which is senseless.

BroncoFanBoy
08-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Bostic would be an idiot to not appeal that and pay. That hit was fine, and like InsaneBlaze said, how is that one deserving of a fine, but the hit on Dustin Keller isn't?

bears6385
08-21-2013, 05:18 PM
Legal hit.........Willie catches the ball takes one step upfield before getting decked, and the league now is calling him a defensless receiver. How can that be?

captainbronco
08-21-2013, 07:27 PM
what was he supposed to do 2 hand touch him down? lets just strap flags on these guys sheesh

Charlie Brown
08-21-2013, 09:45 PM
NFL Explanation for Fine

Earlier Wednesday, we discussed the hit that has cost Chicago Bears linebacker Jon Bostic $21,000 in NFL fines. As you recall, Bostic hit San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie with the top of his helmet to dislodge a potential completed pass.

In live action, the hit looked like countless others we've witnessed in football and seen celebrated on highlight shows and by NFL Films. But the NFL found Bostic in violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 (b2), which bars a player from "lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/'hairline' parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player's body."

Because the ruling doesn't pass our amateur smell test, I thought it was fair to relay a response from the NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino. In this NFL Network appearance, Blandino was asked what Bostic should have done differently to ensure it was a legal hit under NFL rules.

Here is what Blandino said:

"The Bostic hit is illegal because he used the crown of his helmet to deliver a forcible blow to the body of the receiver. For this hit to be legal, he has to get the helmet to the side and use the shoulder to deliver the blow, or hit the receiver with his head up. Those are the two techniques that we are trying to get back in the game. So using the crown to deliver the blow to the body, that is a foul when you're talking about a hit on a defenseless player."

As we discussed earlier, the NFL is moving away, with all available speed, from anything resembling contact with or to the head. Instead, as Blandino said, it would prefer players hit with the shoulder. If leading with the head is unavoidable, the player must have his head up so that contact is to the face and with the facemask rather than the crown of the helmet. Welcome to the new world order.

LINK (http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/81233/nfls-explanation-for-jon-bostic-fine)

johnlimburg
08-21-2013, 11:59 PM
That's pathetic that its a rule. I thought the rule was to the head of a defenseless player. Now whenever a receiver makes a catch you must have your head up ? That's a joke and although you can respect trying to protect players it is still football.

And the NFL is just taking this stance to save their own ass. It reminds me of my boss at work. She came in new and carried on like she cares about our safety. Then we find out she got in trouble for the store having a low safety rating. Same thing, the NFL doesn't care about safety, they are just protecting themselves.

theMileHighGuy
08-22-2013, 06:43 AM
Dude got fined for THAT and the guy who hit Wolfe got off scott-free. This league is such a mess. Apparently hits to the head are fine if it's on a defensive player.

BroncoFanNC
08-22-2013, 07:24 AM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/sean8642/spear_zps2afa5e14.png

Definitely uses the crown as his main weapon for his hit.

Spice 1
08-22-2013, 08:40 AM
Legal hit.........Willie catches the ball takes one step upfield before getting decked, and the league now is calling him a defensless receiver. How can that be?

The officials apparently agree with you, seeing how there are no flags. Joe Theisman said this morning that Bostic got fined for hitting too hard. lol. That's essentially what happened here.
If the NFL officials can't tell the difference between a legal and illegal hit, how the hell are players supposed to know.

Charlie Brown
08-22-2013, 09:09 AM
That's pathetic that its a rule. I thought the rule was to the head of a defenseless player. Now whenever a receiver makes a catch you must have your head up ? That's a joke and although you can respect trying to protect players it is still football.

And the NFL is just taking this stance to save their own ass. It reminds me of my boss at work. She came in new and carried on like she cares about our safety. Then we find out she got in trouble for the store having a low safety rating. Same thing, the NFL doesn't care about safety, they are just protecting themselves.

It's clearly a reaction to player lawsuits which are being discussed in another thread (namely the Portis joins list of former players suing NFL). So, I wouldn't necessarily fault Goddel for this, I'd fault the former players suing the NFL.

Al Wilson 4 Mayor
08-22-2013, 10:16 AM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/sean8642/spear_zps2afa5e14.png

Definitely uses the crown as his main weapon for his hit.


When I saw this hit I thought it was a tad ironic that the announcers were praising him for the hit when it would probably receive the fine.

I thought it was helmet to helmet the first time I saw it. I expected the league to fine him when it happened.

Charlie Brown
08-22-2013, 11:19 AM
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y149/sean8642/spear_zps2afa5e14.png

Definitely uses the crown as his main weapon for his hit.

This image from the ESPN article is even better.

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2013/0821/nfl_a_Bostic_bl_600.jpg

91bronco
08-22-2013, 11:45 AM
The officials apparently agree with you, seeing how there are no flags. Joe Theisman said this morning that Bostic got fined for hitting too hard. lol. That's essentially what happened here.
If the NFL officials can't tell the difference between a legal and illegal hit, how the hell are players supposed to know.

LOLZ I was thinking the same thing.

Apparently human anatomy does not come into play here....

roushmartin6
08-22-2013, 11:49 AM
Looks clean to me, what is he supposed to do with his head? Take it off and place it behind his back?

91bronco
08-22-2013, 12:03 PM
Looks clean to me, what is he supposed to do with his head? Take it off and place it behind his back?

According to Goodell, yes.

BroncoFanNC
08-22-2013, 02:21 PM
Looks clean to me, what is he supposed to do with his head? Take it off and place it behind his back?

Look up, if his arms are wrapping up properly he should feel the player first and be able to react by snapping his head up instead of using the crown for main point of contact.