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Freeney says Seahawks' block on Lissemore was illegal

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Freeney says Seahawks' block was illegal
    By Tom Krasovic
    AUG. 18, 2014

    The Chargers’ Dwight Freeney said Monday that Seahawks tight end Zach Miller should’ve been flagged and fined for his block that knocked Chargers end Sean Lissemore from Friday’s exhibition game with an ankle injury.

    “It looked very, very illegal to me,” Freeney said.

    As Lissemore was upright while grappling with 320-pound tackle Alvin Bailey, the 255-pound Miller dived into the side of his lower right leg. No flag was thrown.

    Lissemore, who exited the game and was in a walking boot Monday, said he’ll leave it to others to decide if the blow warranted a flag.

    An edge rusher and seven-time Pro Bowler preparing for his 13th season, Freeney said he doesn't believe Miller was trying to injure Lissemore. And in his view, officials have a tough task in spotting illegal blocks.

    “Now,” he said, “are they going to see everything? No. Should they catch that? Absolutely. Should that guy get a fine? Yes. Did he? Who knows.”

    Freeney’s solution is for the NFL to deem all cut blocks illegal.

    “I’m running and I’ve got a big man on me here, high, and I’ve got to make a tackle – and then all of sudden a guy comes from behind me and clips my knees. How is that OK?” he said.

    “Everybody’s so concerned with player safety these days," he said. "There’s all these rules up protecting receivers, quarterbacks, kickers, punters.”

    He said NFL rulemakers, whose actions are subject to approval of team owners, are making attempts to protect defenders’ safety, too, but that he feels “like it’s one-sided still.”

    Follow the money to know why, he suggested.

    “We're not their moneymakers, their favorite guys," he said. "It’s the guys who have the ball in their hands. Receivers, quarterbacks, those are the guys the league really wants to protect more than anything, because it’s the business. You take out the star quarterback, then who’s watching that team based on how they market it?”
  2. pure-sol

    pure-sol Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2008
    I was screaming the same thing in my living my during the game!
  3. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX ☆☆☆☆☆

    Oct 7, 2010
    Real talk for Freeney here. I really hope they can letted up a little for Defenses. We don't need to go back to 80's rules, just take us back to the early 00's. Defense at least had a chance then.
  4. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Was listening on satellite radio and was glad to hear he walked off the field. I'm sure the boot has jus been a precautionary measure.

    Simular to how freely hasn't been active for a game yet but I'm sure they both will b ready come real gametime.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    These things should be taken care of on the field if they really do have each others back. Freeney doesn't need no target painted on himself.

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