Targeting, Helmet-to-helmet and Vontez Burfict. Targeting is bad. Taking cheap shots at players heads is bad. Failing to control your aggression and causing potentially life-changing injuries is something both the NCAA and NFL need to prevent. But the trouble comes about when they penalize a result or a repeat offender way beyond the actual offense. You will be hard pressed to find someone to defend Vontez Burfict’s typical behavior and on-field aggression. He has served multiple suspensions and most of them are well deserved. Suspending him for the remainder of the year for a hit that occurred within the scope of the play seems excessive even given the escaxlating punishments. But his reputation has a major impact here. Here is a link to Burfict’s hit. For comparison, take a look at this hit on Green Bay Packer Running Back Jamaal Williams by Eagles’ Derek Barnett. The hit on Williams was FAR later in the play and completely unnecessary to bring Williams down. It is hard to understand how the NFL can look at that play and not believe he should have been tossed from the game and suspended. To my eyes, the hit on Williams was much more of the hit you are trying to eliminate, especially since it is not really in the scope of the play.
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