I think Gradkowski sold it to the ref briliantly. He pulled a Vlade Divac and did a flop.
OJ was playing the ball and made incidental contact.
The issue with hard hitting, I can accept that. But what McClain did was not hitting. Do that to Peyton Mannings WRs and the official would execute him on the field.
Here's the video of the play. Amendola was still on his feet and had yet to be tackled when McClain initiated the "suplex." I don't believe a whistle had been blown to indicate the play was over due to forward progress.
YouTube - The Rolando Bottom
You could argue that Amendola had been wrapped up and wasn't going anywhere, but we've seen players over the years escape those kinds of situations before. You'll get no argument from me that it was deserving of a flag, especially if you're going to flag stuff like the Atogwe and Robbins plays. But I dunno, I guess I'm just not as disgusted or appalled as some people are. What that says about me, who knows. I'm sure someone will enlighten me. :)
This reminds me of the Brian Dawkins suplex from a couple (?) of years ago...
YouTube - Brian Dawkins Suplex
Nick, you're absolutely correct. I don't recall a whistle either. The play was technically live.Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick
However, Amendola's momentum was going across McLain's body to the left. Amendola was wrapped up and McLain could have taken him down simply by falling to his left. But McLain didn't do that. He arrested Amendola's momentum, projected him upwards and back across the right side of McLain's body. It was not a football move. It was simply a large man showing he is physically stronger than a small man. Nothing more, IMO.
Instead, he physically tried to destory the man ...
I've watched football for 22 years now, and played it for many. I would NEVER had considered doing what McClain did to his opponent, nor would the majority of players in the league. It is the ABSOLUTE definition of UNNECESSARY roughness ....
There probably are a couple of other things he could have done that would have been better, which is why I agree with the flag. But thinking about it from McClain's perspective, he's in the heat of the moment and has a guy wrapped up in front of him. He needs to take this guy down and make a play for his team, and from that positioning, I can see where he'd instinctively lift the guy up to try and plant him on his side. He'll need to learn from that for the future, but what I don't agree with is this kind of rhetoric...
It certainly was excessive and warranted a flag. I feel if you're going to trumpet your own horn as a league about the importance of player safety, defenseless player, etc. you have to admonish this unnecessary move in the form of a stiff fine.
Amendola is a tough SOB, isn't he?
Wow, that Dawkins suplex was absolutely brutal! I actually cringed watching it.
At least McClain didn't slam Amendola on his neck or back like that, but looking at the replay he really does come close. He had a plethora of clean choices to take him down after that wrap up but he chose one that gave up 15 yards, fair enough.
However I do think the showboating aspect should earn him a fine ... I just don't care for that @#$! in football, though. It's just not my thing.
My issue with the showboating wasn't even that it was showboating...it was that he celebrated (after) the penalty had been explained. Like: "Yeah, I'm awesome because I could have done serious injury to someone in a totally unnecessary tackle! YEAH!" Thuggish, stupid mentality.
I remember Warren Sapp doing the same thing to Kurt Warner. A crazed beast.
How come we never have carzed Beasts?
How come I capitolized Beasts?
How come I spelled capital wrong?