Ive just finished reading like 200 posts regarding the Saints hit pool, and thats only from other Niner fans. Stories like this bring out all the other fan bases, so you know today there are 31 groups outraged, shocked, horrified and appalled. And there's one group that shrugs. Just like Spygate. And politics. Its justified/ok when its me and outrageously heinous when its you.
The fact that the players created a pool to 'tip' a crushing hit sounds alot worse than what it really is, to me at least. Why?
We reward players that have reputations for causing massive hits, not buy doling out $50k over the course of 3 years after games, but millions in signing bonuses and salary. We want the other teams players to fear crossing the middle of the field. To fear what? A solid wrap up and take down? Or the fear of getting their teeth knocked out? Ive never heard a player say that they want to cripple someone else, but what could happen if a guy that weighs 240 lbs and is running 25 mph slams into another player running faster and is coming at him? We all know thats gonna hurt and its implied that what ever happens, happens and if you get hurt, well sucks to be you. We need that huge hitter to be there for us, not them. Notice the first comment? Im not decrying Whiners hit here.. I jumped up and screamed pretty much the same thing this guy commented and Im sure you all did, and his fellow team mates did too. I cant guarantee that, but I can guarantee that Harb nor anyone else went over to Whit and said 'Dude, back it down a bit, we're not trying to kill anyone here. Next time use better leverage and proper tackling technique, wrap up and make a sound football tackle to the ground.'
The money these guys pooled and paid out was, in my opinion, more of a back slap tip for a blow up. As far as the evident shock and awe of the 09 playoff games and the pressure they got on Favre.. isnt that what any D game plan is about? Getting pressure and knocking the qb around? That wasn't a secret then, it wasn't like someone came out yesterday and broke news that the Saints were actually TRYING to sack Favre as many times as they could. Would anyone tell me that next year if our D line is crushing the Patriots/Packers and the Smith boys alone have 6 sacks, 5 knock downs and 8 hurries on Brady/Rodgers.. we should invoke the gentlemen's rule and stop rushing? Or bench Aldon and Justin so that no one ends up getting hurt?
The only thing that would be over the top about this is if the Saints players were spearing players, chop blocking or ripping down players by the face mask or running up all kinds of late hits on the qb. And when I say late hits, I dont mean the kind they call now, when a guy pulls up and still bumps the qb and its a matter of 1/2 seconds after the ball is gone. In less words, Cheap Shots. If thats what was being rewarded by the players (it was their money) and doled out by Williams, then yes, Im as outraged as everyone else. But I dont remember hearing anything consistent on any programs (and I listen to NFL radio on XM nearly all day at work) about Saints taking cheap shots.
As far as I can see, this is just justification for the p*ss poor play of teams that faced the Saints back then. 40 year old QB getting sacked too much? Talk to your Oline and coach about making some adjustments.. Or maybe they're just better than you.
Now that this rant is over, I'll sit down to read about the next breaking news story; "NBA Players Talk Smack After A Dunk To Make Other Players Feel Bad About Themselves And Hurt Self Esteem".