I don't think you should intentionally hit anyone below the thighs or above the shoulders, but that doesn't mean you can't grab someone's ankles to make a tackle. Defenders try to hit the receiver just a split second after the ball arrives in order to knock it loose. Of course this is the exact same moment that receivers are the most defenseless. The responsibility lies with the QB to not make a throw that will put the receiver in danger, but most QBs are willing to take that risk (to someone else) in the hopes of making a big play, and receivers are paid big money to make those types of catches.
Can't hit 'em high, can't hit 'em low, can't hit 'em before the ball arrives, can't hit 'em while they are running their route (more than 5 yds beyond LOS), can't hit 'em if they are "defenseless." How is a DB supposed to play the game? It has gotten to the point where all you can do is wait for the receiver to catch the ball and then tackle him so there are no yards after the catch.
That's not football ... or at least it shouldn't be.
Last edited by TopekaRoy; 12-28-2013 at 12:19 PM.
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