By Art Beitchman
As soon as Seahawks cheap shot artist Jadeveon Clowney knocked Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz out of the game with a concussion in the first quarter, most fans watching knew it would take another backup QB miracle to win this wild card playoff game.
The football gods gave all those blessings to the Eagles with Nick Foles Super Bowl run. Instead, last Sunday the Birds lost to a beatable Hawks team — but it’s impossible to win on just FG’s.
Forty-year old Josh McCown did all an old guy could do, seeing action for the first time in a live game since a week 2 loss to the Falcons. The Eagles offense could not generate a touchdown as McCown dinked and dunked the Birds down the field, but couldn’t reach the end zone, and that cooked them in this playoff game and sent the Eagles packing for the season.
What fans want to know is:
Why have a head shot rule in place when it’s not going to be called in obvious situations?
The NFL wants to protect its valuable quarterbacks, but only 65% or 70% of the time?
Why not 100% of the time?
Oh, that’s right, when plaintiffs go into a courtroom with former players suffering from dementia, NFL lawyers can knock down that big payoff to bite size, say $20M instead of $75M with no bogus rule to argue!
If that’s the case then go back to the old days when players played getting “dinged” up, meaning they are concussed, but we need him for the rest of the game.
The NFL wants it both ways with this head-to-head rule. The NFL has progressed through the years, but probably not for the better in this situation.