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Because the Boston sports messiah went down to a major knee injury from a hit from the opposing team, we have had a silly question proposed. We already know the NFL ruled the hit legal, which is a ruling I agree with. But was Bernard Pollard’s intent to injure Tom Brady. In my opinion, if you look at all angles of the story, you’ll agree with me when I say that it wasn’t so.
All defensive linemen are taught that when a quarterback is nearby enough, pursue him and take him down, to keep him from getting off a good throw. Pollard was mighty close to Brady when he made his leap, even if it was from the ground. All offensive linemen are taught to knock defensive linemen to the ground, where they have the least ability to do damage. Pollard however, was given a small enough window to make a jump at Brady while he was beginning his throwing motion and he leaped pretty much as far as someone his size wearing pads could from the ground.
All close up replays show that he was trying to grab Brady and pull him down as his arms were attempting to grab for Brady. Unfortunately, Brady happened to step into his flight path. It was very much like a roughing the kicker where the rougher was already in the air before the ball was kicked. There was no intent to hit the kicker, but once in the air, the rougher had no chance to stop anything from happening.
As for Randy Moss’s complaints, well, when your numbers are going to be much worse because of the change in QBs and the likelihood of earning extra money for postseason games decreases, he’s the type of guy that gets cranky. And I truly think that if they were trying to hurt Brady, they could’ve done it sooner and chosen to target his arm, instead, as a shoulder injury could derail his career, not just his season.
And Herm Edwards has never been the type of guy to tolerate dirty play. Bad play clock management? Yes. But he would not have gotten another job if there were dirty play call suspicions around him. Or would’ve only gotten a job in Oakland or Washington.