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Thread: They call it brutal, I call it unfortunate

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    NFL: Steelers' hit on Bengals' Kevin Huber was penalty

    By Dan Hanzus
    Around the League Writer
    Published: Dec. 17, 2013

    Kevin Huber's season came to an abrupt and violent end Sunday night when the Cincinnati Bengals punter was leveled by a block during an Antonio Brown touchdown return.

    Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, has confirmed what had been speculated upon: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin should have been penalized for the vicious hit.

    "Huber, he's a punter. And the key is he's defenseless throughout the down," Blandino said Tuesday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access." "So even though he's pursuing the play, he still gets defenseless-player protection. You can't hit him in the head or neck, and you can't use the crown or forehead parts of the helmet to the body."

    On the play, Garvin lines up Huber then goes up high, driving his helmet under the punter's facemask. Huber suffered a broken jaw on the play and might have cracked a vertebrae. He's been placed on injured reserve.

    "This is an illegal block. It should have been a flag for a 15-yard penalty," Blandino continued. "You'll see the close-up where you can see the contact to the head or neck area. So this will certainly be a point of emphasis this week, especially with our referees who are responsible for the punter on plays like this.

    "We have to watch the punter, he's defenseless," Blandino added. "And we want to flag hits like that."

    Garvin can safely assume a FedEx envelope will be sitting on his locker stool in the near future.

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    That's a load of crap....

    Another instance of the NFL punishing noisemaking...

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    Why is a punter defenseless when hes running to make the tackle like everyone else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Discipline of Steel View Post
    Why is a punter defenseless when hes running to make the tackle like everyone else?
    Agreed. I would appeal on this basis...

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    Golic was going CRAZY about this on Mike & Mike this morning.

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    The Bengals fans down here are going crazy because they believe that this "illegal play" cost them the game. It doesn't have to make sense- they're Bengals fans.

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    The Bengals fans down here are going crazy because they believe that this "illegal play" cost them the game. It doesn't have to make sense- they're Bengals fans.
    They may be right...not about the "illegal" part, but if Garvin had simply allowed Huber to make the tackle, the Steelers may not have scored...

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    If he is defenseless then he needs to punt and then immediately take a knee or head for the sidelines. He should not be allowed to make a play on the ball carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus View Post
    If he is defenseless then he needs to punt and then immediately take a knee or head for the sidelines. He should not be allowed to make a play on the ball carrier.
    This is my opinion as well. Hopefully, Coach T will take it up with the competition committee this offseason. If the Punter isn't going to be a contributing football player after the punt, then he needs to get out of there.

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    What are the rules for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a player who is NOT defenseless?


    We got our "6-PACK" - time to work on a CASE!

    HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugar View Post
    The Bengals fans down here are going crazy because they believe that this "illegal play" cost them the game. It doesn't have to make sense- they're Bengals fans.
    I think his first fumble cost them the game...

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