Here's the video - don't mind the name: Wikisend: free file sharing service to boil an egg.mp4
My problem is them taking football out of football. It was helmet to helmet yes, but it wasn't a spearing type of blow, in fact, I don't have a problem with the call at all, my problem is the fine. In the end, you have to decide as a QB, are you willing to get hit or is it going to be if a Defensive person touches you, you are now down. You can't have it both ways, you can't have escapability and the option to run for extra yards if you aren't willing to take the hit that every running back has to take. It's not fair to the Defense.
And as far as the "technicality" of him being a runner...we're talking inches or less here. He didn't establish himself as a runner as far as Dobbins knew. And Cutler released that ball WELL before Dobbins hit him. Like I said...if he hits him in the chest there's no penalty and no fine for that hit.
If this hit is worthy of a fine. Then Tim Dobbins' hit was worthy of a fine.
It is the state of the NFL.
Article 8 There shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to:
(g) If a player uses any part of his helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/”hairline” parts) or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily.
Note: This does not apply to contact against a runner, unless the runner is still considered to be a defenseless player, as defined in Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9
Article 9 It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.
(a) Players in a defenseless posture are:
(1) A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass;
(b) Prohibited contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture is:
(1) Forcibly hitting the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him; and
(2) Lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or forehead/”hairline” parts of the helmet against any part of the defenseless player’s body.
Note: The provisions of (2) do not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or helmet in the course of a conventional tackle on an opponent
Football = contact. Today's QBs are coddled. Don't want to get hit? Throw away the ball.
cutler is a ***** anyways.
It's rather easy to over analyze and criticize after watching a guy work in slo-mo. Again and again and again...
After looking at the video several times it looks to me that when Cutler was just at the point of releasing the ball Dobbins was starting to pull up and maybe could have stopped his momentum. After that he figured out he couldn't stop or because he's always been trained to lay the hit he maybe leaned in and delivered a hit to Cutler. When I see video's from the 50's, 60's, and 70's it gives me a new found respect for players from those era's. That was a brutal time to be a football player. After games those guys looked like they'd been in a car wreck.