24 Oct 2010
Former Denver tight end Nate Jackson makes a lot of good points in this New York Times op-ed about the new "crackdown" on hard hits. Hard hitting is an ingrained part of the game. Jackson points out that tackling head-first is by far the most successful tackling technique. That's why all those guys who break down game film call it "getting a hat on a hat." More importantly, even if players try not to hit a receiver in the head, you have this problem: "When a receiver is trying to catch a ball or avoid being tackled, the height of his head is constantly changing, often making it impossible for a defensive player to judge the point of impact." In my opinion, that's the biggest problem with the crackdown on hard hits: The NFL seems to be trying to legislate accidents out of existence.
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With Stanford's upset over Notre Dame and Ohio State's big win over rival Michigan in The Game, the playoff field has narrowed to the existing top four plus Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and potentially North Carolina.