THOMPSON’S TAKE: IS THIS HOW THE NFL PLANS TO SKIRT THE QB INJURY ISSUE?
“I think I watched the NFL kill itself yesterday,” Jim Thompson admits on his site, www.thompsonsportsart.com, after watching Clay Matthews’ sack of Alex Smith on Sunday go down, officially, as a roughing the passer call.
“It wasn’t overly violent, Smith wasn’t hurt, Matthew had no intention of hurting him -and didn’t hurt him. Matthews’ helmet never touched Smith’s. Matthews’ apparent crime was landing on top of Smith. Apparently defenders are supposed to change their position in midair and risk their own injury so QBs can continue to be treated, not like a football player, but protected Prince of the Kingdom — never touch the Prince.”
On today’s DrillLA podcast, Tom Hoffarth and Steve Lowery talk about the overcorrection of this safety issue, if football can legislate rules that curb the inherent violence of the sport, and how this will end up leading to players getting injured trying to stop their own momentum.
Here’s what the NFL has become in Thompson’s illustrative opinion: