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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Eight weeks ago, the Vikings were undefeated and ranked No. 1 in DVOA. Now they're 6-6 and probably done. What went wrong?