NFL's New Tackling Rule: How Do You Tackle a Quarterback?

Chad VarndellContributor IMarch 24, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

According to the new "Brady Rule," hitting a quarterback is no longer allowed below the knees without drawing a penalty.  This is just one of many restrictions given to pass rushers as they run full speed on the football field just trying to make a play.

I would say that I was not a tough kid growing up, so when it came to football I was scared to play because I thought I would get hurt.  Now I think, if only I could have learned to throw a football.  If you can throw a football and you make it to the NFL, you never have to get your jersey dirty again.

Other positions on the football field take hit after hit in all different forms.  Players regularly take bone jarring hits that knock off helmets and dislocate limbs with no penalty.  However, if a defensive lineman falls into a quarterback's leg after he has let the ball go, he is issued a 15-yard personal foul penalty. 

It just does not make sense to me.  We might as well have the quarterbacks wear the different colored jerseys they wear for spring practice and just stand in the pocket.