Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by birdie2bogey:
My only question is, if Brooks did not get the flag, would we be discussing that play as absurd and would he still be fined?
No doubt the Hicks play should have been a penalty, but would the Saints and their fans being calling conspiracy over a non-call from the Brooks hit? I personally don't think the media or the Saints would be discussing the controversial "non-call," and would be replayed as a game changing sack.
Word! I've been saying this since Sunday. If that flag doesn't get thrown on Brooks this topic wouldn't have been on the national radar whatsoever. He may still have gotten a fine because I'm sure Payton would have sent in a complaint to the league office, but it probably would have been less than $15,750.00
And that's how we know it was a bad call. If that flag was not thrown, nobody would have blinked. That was a good football play. Ahmad beat his man, closed on the QB, and wrapped his arms around the QB. It was textbook. He earned that sack and forced fumble. Instead, he was penalized for playing the game.
And I don't want to hear anything about "his arm slid up to the QB's neck area". So what. It's football. You can't always control EXACTLY where you hit a QB. This is a game of inches and these athletes are moving at high speed. What you can control is intent to hit the QB's head. That did not happen here. Not even close.
This s**t isn't called in college or even HS. We're supposed to believe NFL caliber athletes can't handle it? It's not even about potential lawsuits anymore. That case is done and over with. The NFL settled and issued payment to former players. Players can no longer claim they didn't know about the dangers of football as it pertains to head injuries anymore. So what is the point of all of these b******t roughing the passer penalties?