If a receiver is running a slant route or the QB lobs the ball to him in the flat, he's gonna take a big hit occasionally. Elite programs recruit defenders who have the speed, strength and the football IQ to assess the play then blow it up. Defenses are at such a disadvantage in football anymore. Denzel Ward essentially was penalized because of his talents and the hard work he has put in to be capable of making a stellar play.
A receiver attempting to catch a forward pass or in position to receive a backward pass, or one who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier.
The rule as written above doesn't apply to Ward's hit anyways. The video shows the ball in the receiver's possession, his head turned upfield and he (attempted) to run upfield. Albeit it was 1 or 2 steps, he turned upfield. Advancing the ball upfield is "a football move," or am I missing something. Botched call in every aspect.
What is the "legal" amount of time a play has to protect himself and "become the ball carrier" described in the rule? To my understanding, contact can't occur before the ball touches the receiver's body. What are defenses supposed to do, allow the reception and then hit him? This is the absurd, unclear language in revised rules that causes such inconsistent officiating now.
The officials' incorrect interpretation is exactly the reason for an overhaul. A player's ejection shouldn't rest in the hands of an official's understanding of unclear language, as every official can interpret the rule differently.
Of course Arnette earned his penalty. Dumb move on his part. However, we see ejections that have no merit almost weekly. Take interpretation of "intent" out of the process.
My theory is treat it like soccer treats fouls, two yellow cards and you're out. If a player gets two personal fouls (or two targeting calls) in a game, then toss him.
Brilliant idea! It gives the player a warning to clean up his play and also gives the officials a mulligan so we don't see guys ejected for making a hard, legal hit.
Amazing when wives make more sense than the NCAA clowns making the rules.
"Defenseless receiver" kills me. If you have the ball a defender is coming to ruin your day. Am I the only one who was coached to "have your head on a swivel?" A bigger, faster defender made a vicious hit causing the ball carrier's head to snap backwards. Here's the solution for the smaller player- hit the gym and get bigger and faster!
Video of Ward's hit should be used as a coaching aid to show young CBs how to assess a short route and how to properly disrupt the completion...light that receiver up as soon as he touches the ball! Naaaaasty hit. Jack Tatum would be proud!
#imagery my friend
My nightmare is that in 15 years tackles will be made by grabbing a flag off the ball carrier's belt...
The language is far too ambiguous when it was written. All the power is in the official's opinion. How can they determine "intent to injure"? (unless its completely blatant, which RARELY is the case)
Make "targeting" a 15 yard penalty. if the hit is an obvious headhunting attempt, an ejection is justifiable. Crap calls like we saw tonight are inexcusable
What is illegal about this hit?
This is a textbook hit and is a joke that targeting was called. Head is up, helmet to the side of opponent's body. Full force of the hit dislodges the ball, causing an incompletion. Great play Denzel Ward! Shame on the officials for penalizing a player for making a great read and nasty hit in the open field!