Originally posted by onanygivensunday49:
Big hits will still be part of the game... just not as often as before because of how perfect they have to be to be legal.
Go back to Chancellor's hit on VD in the last SF-Seattle game. Completely legal... shoulder to chest... no helmet or face guard contact between the two... but flagged for 15.
The threat of a flag is going to influence how often the defensive player is going to go for the gold... less and less is the obvious answer.
That was a lot closer to face guard contact than quite a few that were called on Goldson during the season. Goldson got called for a couple when he didn't come within 6 inches of the face guard. The Chancellor hit was questionable. Look at it again. It's hard to say that he doesn't nick the bottom of Davis' face guard with the top of his helmet. Davis' head goes back as well. That whole play was Davis' fault, though. He didn't have to jump. The more comfortable he gets with those Kaepernick missiles coming at him, the less we'll see of that. And, Kaepernick took something off that pass. After they work together a little more, Kaepernick will fire that pass and it will get to Davis long before a safety can react like that.