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Let's bring in a couple of guys who are no strangers to big hits Boomer Esiason a former NFL quarterback an analyst for CBS NFL today of course.
And Merrill Hodges a former NFL player ESPN analyst.
And author of find a way and we should also mention both of these gentlemen.
Suffered concussions while they're playing for the NFL boomer what about this weekend was it worse than any other.
Probably worse than any other but a lot of things that happened over this -- and of course or Rutgers player Eric Le Grande was.
Severely hurt on -- game against army in the meadowlands on Saturday.
It looks like he might be paralyzed for the rest of his life and I don't think any of us.
Wanna see that ever happen again and and the other thing I think the NFL's afraid of John I do believe that they're afraid that some is going to be killed one of these days.
Because these blows or vicious style I had not known whether or not I speak for.
Merrill here but I don't have too many friends on the defensive side of the football because they're always try to take my -- off when I played.
When I see -- shot by Brandon meriwether that that shows me that these players on the defensive side of the football just don't get it because they're really putting other people interpret.
I wanna put up the rule that the NFL has and Merrill get your reaction on the other side the actual rule says if a receiver has completed -- catch.
And has not had time to protect himself -- defensive player is prohibited from launching springing forward and upward.
-- him in a way that causes the defensive player's -- face mask shoulder or forearm to forcibly strike.
The receivers head or neck area even if the initial contact of the defender's -- face mask shoulder or forearm.
Is lower than the receivers -- is that enough protection in your view -- John had a lot to me is an easy fictional land boomers dead on with with the Brandon meriwether one that is sold deliberate he lost with these head.
Battle issue to be -- but he should have been dejected from that game officials need to be trained more for that.
This is how you fix this.
Is you go back and you reintroduce the fundamentals of tackling -- striking an opponent from the defense perspective here how it is here's -- -- You sync your -- bend your knees and with your shoulder pads you strike your opponent from about the -- through the numbers that your target zone.
And you bring your arm.
Now that's -- every player restraint that's how I trained Little League player in the head has to be on one side and other depending on where the runner is -- in front of your running.
And if you target that area and we bring our arms and we stop launch their lead with our heads which is never taught.
In the National Football League we can clean it up with a be held -- -- level contacts that.
Sure there will will be less of it if we start targeting the right area to make the fundamental right tackle -- right here.
And I think Merrill makes a very good point -- -- but I also know this the argument from the defense -- standpoint will be that.
As I was -- you leaving you'll make the tackle.
The off the offensive player basically to protect themselves -- to -- therefore my helmet hit his someone and I know that James Harrison has said that some -- just say this.
About James Harrison I've voted for him for -- of player of the year few years back -- to Pittsburgh Steelers he gets he does exactly what he's supposed to do when you see guys like Rex Ryan or chuck Cecil.
Coaches that promote that kind of aggressive behavior on the defensive standpoint you can understand -- these things happen I do think however that we're talking about not changing -- -- we're talking about enforcing the role.
With harsher punishment which does make sense to me employers now we'll have to be aware.
They could they not only lose a game check from the game that they're playing and that they might be suspended without pay for multiple games especially if they are repeat offender.
The Merrill you had to leave the NFL essentially because of contractions right.
Right but you know I got say this -- the reason that it.
What happened to me -- was I was returned to play too quickly.
Yeah that no longer exists in the national football we've done a much better job of removing players from the game yeah and and costs and come out -- -- -- put him back on the -- commissioner Goodell has -- injury prevention one of his -- most important issues right.
No there's no question about that it's passion about that it's not lip service he's gonna take action towards that I'm just say this.
You when you look at these ideological back to James -- when you watch him rushed the passer.
He making the one of the most fundamentally sound players there is in football what I'm telling what the league is telling players.
We want you to be fundamentally sound when you go strike an opponent.
The target areas from the hits through the numbers that is not difficult when a wide receivers coming at any angle a backs coming at any -- I target that area and I bring my arms and I use my shoulder pads I don't launch my head into his hit and I don't care how fast this game is.
You can do that but boomer is correct there are gonna be times when the head when the helmets collide.
But if your actual attack point.
-- to the right area you're bringing arms we will have less of that will have no deliberate acts in the next time we see you Brandon meriwether -- hit.
Officials have to immediately.
Not only penalized but ejected from the game rumor doesn't play the next week and I'll be clear that -- This -- -- you know the NFL has been criticized this morning as you probably have heard for hypocrisy they actually had that that Harrison numbers as Massaquoi it up on there.
NFL's pictures for sale site they've always taken it now while we talk about this on our morning radio assured the BofA and this morning and you know they have taken down Gregg got also this is obviously clear miscommunication L vice president -- between you know two parties here and they understand all about.
Listen there's a lot of political pressure to keeping kids healthy we want to make sure that the kids that are watching -- players on Sunday and Monday night.
Are doing the correct though -- on the court things like -- was talking about but I will still say that's.
That it we're not talking about -- -- here you know one of senator -- we're talking about of a grown men that are aggressive.
And their job is to dislodge -- from the football so I get the understanding or on the stand.
The argument from -- -- sergeant James Harrison's agent.
If -- arguing will go on and maybe show all the -- I don't honestly -- the world smart enough to figure this out anyway it's it's become a big issue obviously you know Boomer Esiason Merrill -- -- you to join us thank you.
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