Bravo, Mike, for saying what we all are thinking, in the wake of the NFL fining Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin for his hard hit on Bengals punter Kevin Huber.
Garvin was not flagged on the play, but the NFL said afterward that he should have been.
According to NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino, punters , and kickers are considered defenseless players throughout the entire down, meaning they can’t be hit in the head or neck area.
Garvin’s helmet struck Huber’s chin. Huber suffered a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae on the hit, ending his season.
This was a brutal hit.
If Garvin were being called out for unnecessary roughness, I might not have a problem with it.
But Huber was trying to make a tackle.
To call a professional football player making a tackle ‘defenseless’ is a joke.
If a kicker or punter is truly defenseless, they should be required to get off of the field after they kick.
Better yet-every kicker and punter should be insulted by the ruling from Blandino, a ruling that emasculated every punter and kicker who ever played the game.
Because Blandino just confirmed to be true what you have been fighting against your whole careers.
Blandino just said you are not real football players.