Titans vs. Jaguars Monday Night Football: Helmet-to-Helmet Hits ESPN's Hot Topic
Much of ESPN's Monday Night Football pregame coverage has been devoted to the debate over helmet-to-helmet hits that has been raging in NFL circles after Sunday.
Per NFL.com, the league is considering suspending players who lead with their helmets in the future.
The hit by New England's Brandon Meriweather on Baltimore's Todd Heap Sunday is the epitome of the type of action that should be targeted by these suspensions. Arms tucked into his chest, Meriweather smashed his helmet into Heap's with reckless abandon.
Referees have erred on the side of sensitivity where quarterbacks are concerned, throwing flags for the slightest nick on the facemask from a defender's chinstrap. One would hope that such incidental contact won't get painted with the same brush as Meriweather's headhunting.
Judging from the officious, bureaucratic punishments handed down by the league in the past, that's probably too much to ask for. Eliminating cheap-shot artistry should be the goal in every sport, at every level, but suspensions for helmet-to-helmet contact are likely just another step toward flag football in pads.
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