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Vikings Players Have Strong Words For The League

The hot topic (I find the conversation to be quite tedious and boring) this week has been the NFL’s “crackdown” on dangerous hits.  Heavy fines and possibly suspensions have been used as a threat to try and get rid of unnecessary injuries across the league.

At first, the new emphasis on these rules was met with a mild reception from Vikings players.

“In your mind, it’s hard to make it click,” said Chad Greenway on Wednesday.  “”‘Oh, he’s defenseless. I’ve got to wait, let him come down and then make the tackle.’ By that time, you’re out of position. … But as a defender, we obviously know it’s out there now, so I guess we have to be more aware of it.”

“It’s steep,” said Jamarca Sanford. “Fifty-thousand dollars, seventy-five thousand dollars coming out your check for something that you’ve been doing all your life. But at the same time, you don’t want to leave no one man on the ground, hurt with a concussion or knocking someone out.”

“I don’t think anyone in this locker room is going to change the way they play right now,” said Ben Leber. “I think it remains to be seen how they’re going to judge these things and how picky.”

“I don’t know that you can do it the right way,” said the Vikings best tackler, Antoine Winfield. “Everything’s moving so fast. It’s going to be hard for you to judge where a guy’s going to put his head and you put your head opposite — that’s just not going to happen.”

In a recent poll, about 80% of the readers of this site said that the new approach to these rules would have absolutely no impact on the team.  That may be so, but some players are certainly not happy with how much they are being fined and the appearance of a possible double standard.

Ray Edwards was fined $20,000 for a spear on Marion Barber, bringing his total fines up to $32,500 on the year.  Edwards does not sound happy about how these fines are dished out.

“I just got fined $20,000 for a spear that really wasn’t a spear,” Edwards said. “If you look at the last play, [Dallas tackle Marc] Colombo speared Jared [Allen] and I don’t believe he got fined. If you’re going to fine people fine everybody. Don’t just fine defensive guys. Because I’m pretty sure you can go back through our last five games and fine something in every game that offensive linemen did to us that wasn’t legal, grabbing our facemasks or doing this and that. But it doesn’t get called and they don’t get fined.”

While players like Edwards question whether defensive players are being unfairly targeted as the recipients of these fines, other players are wondering if the system, as presented by recent educational video played in locker rooms and produced by the NFL, is hypocritical in that it only protects certain players.

After the NFL’s video was played in the Vikings locker room, Chris Kluwe took to Twitter to let his feelings be known on the whole issue.

He posted a picture drawn on a flip chart inside the locker room.  A picture is drawn of one stick figure hitting another stick figure and the line reads, “QB or receiver that makes over $10M — Illegal.”

Below it is an almost identical picture and with a caption that reads, “Punter or anyone else we don’t give a f–k about — Legal.”

The final sentence below both drawings says, “Remember! We at the league office are totally concerned about integrity! Seriously! No really, we totally are!”

So, while most of us don’t seem to think this news will affect the Vikings, apparently some of them are a bit upset about everything that is going on.

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3 Responses to “Vikings Players Have Strong Words For The League”

  1. Fragile Freds says:

    Hey Kluwe, here is Fragile Freds latest Twitters.

    “Shut the hell up you stupid punter. The last damn thing you need to worry about is hitting anyone illegally or being hit illegally. Go play guitar hero jackass!”

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    Fragile needs to pace himself, he is all ready for game day….. easy Freds, e a s y.

  3. Jon says:

    if Kluwe didn’t have such a good game against Dallas, i’d say some crap about his comment too LOL.

    On another note…. Why don’t kickers train. lol…i mean why can’t you be a kicker that runs a 4.7.. at least. or one that can bench over 275lbs… oh well. Hit the weights Kluwe, and maybe you won’t get run over then running backwards while trying to make a tackle!


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