But after reading that Packers middle linebacker Nick Barnett has been fined $7,500 by the league for a nondescript hit on Jon Kitna last week, we think it’s gone too far. There comes a point when quarterbacks have to regain their masculinity and become football players again.
First of all, we saw the hit in question between Barnett and Kitna. Didn’t think much of it at the time. Just a normal football play. Besides, who cares of Kitna gets his shit pushed in? It’s fun to watch.
There are just far too many moments in every NFL game where the quarterback is protected too much. And you know it’s going to get even worse since Tom Brady went down. The NFL’s biggest star out for the year? What a catastrophe!
Actually, it’s just part of the game. It happens to everybody except Brett Favre. In light of these recent goings on commish Roger Goodell reportedly sent out a memo this weak warning that discipline will be stiffer for players that unecessarily endanger the health of others. Here’s the key part:
“Player safety on the field is important to all of us in the NFL. Football is a tough game and we need to do everything possible to protect all players — offense, defense, and special teams — from unnecessary injury caused by illegal and dangerous hits. From this point forward, you should be clear on the following point: Any conduct that unnecessarily risks the safety of other players has no role in the game of football and will be disciplined at increased levels, including on a first offense. Playing by the rules shows respect for your fellow players. No one wants to see unnecessary injuries. Let’s have a safe and exciting 2008 season.”
OK, fine. Don’t go out of your way to hurt anybody. That’s fair. All this means is referees are going to be even more touchy about hitting the quarterback. Might as well put a red jersey on them and put them in the same class as the kicker.
Don’t touch them or it’s 15 yards. What a joke. How about play the game and take your hits like everyone else.