Originally posted by Niners99:
I want the refs to answer 1 question. What did they want Brooks to do??
Go back and watch the play again. Brees was moving away from Brooks to the right, and then stopped. Brooks was rushing the passer with a full head of steam like hes supposed to. He hits Brees with his momentum colliding into him, uses his ARMS only, wrapped around Brees' SHOULDER PADS, and the ball pops loose.
He didnt touch his head, or his neck at ALL. He didnt use his helmet either. Brees' head jerked back from the impact of the hit. There was absolutely NOTHING wrong with that tackle. If it had been Josh McCown, there would be no flag. If it had been a guy like Cam Newton, who is HUGE, there would be no flag. its just because Brees is a dainty little superstar player that they threw the flag.
I agree with what most are saying on here.
As a Seattle fan, I watched Michael Bennett get blocked to the ground last week, he was about 18" from the QB, so crawled forward grabbed him around the lower legs and sacked the QB. 15 yard penalty, automatic 1st down, and he was fined $15,000.
I've also seen a number of plays go in Seattles favor this year that piss me off (well sort of piss me off). I can't remember which games, but I do recall 2 separate instances where a defender had his arms up, RW throws the ball, and they had a hand literally glance off RW's helmet. 15 yards, 1st down, and absolute BS.
I understand them trying to protect the QB's, but they're making it impossible for a defense to effect the game with pressure, or hits on a QB.
That being said, I saw this article this morning, and was surprised in super slow-mo, that the hit yesterday on Brees was closer than I initially thought.
Don't attack me too vehemently, as I still agree that SF got screwed on this call, all of these type of calls are getting ridiculous, and this in no way should have been a penalty. I don't know if it helps or hurts more, but I just thought I'd show this article with the .gif that showed the penalty was maybe at least somewhat close rather than being a completely obvious BS call.