Last Saturday during the Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins preseason match up, Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller would suffer from a horrible hit in which he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and then dislocated knee as well. Whether your rooting for the Phins or not, nobody wants to see something like this happen to any player ever since it has been known to even end a player’s career.
The player who delivered this gruesome hit was Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. I feel that Swearinger’s hit was unnecessary, he could have aimed for the gut, but it still happened. I don’t know if Swearinger was actually aiming for the knee specifically, but it was still a dangerously-low hit. After the game, Swearinger said that the NFL‘s new rules dictated him to hit there and that he didn’t want to get fined.
If Swearinger intentionally delivered that specific hit to Keller, it would make plenty of sense. I think that the NFL tackling policy is an overreaction to these hits and totally biased against the offensive player. Could Swearinger be trying to send a message to the NFL? If he was, I think that he should be suspended or fined, obviously, but the NFL should still seriously consider loosening up on the tackling rules.
Defenders just want to play, they don’t want the NFL crawling down their neck demanding clean hits. I honestly hate the helmet-to-helmet policy. Yes, sometimes they can sideline a players for a week occasionally, but it very rarely ends a player’s season or even a player’s career like knee injuries do; and with the helmet-to-helmet hitting policy growing stricter each year, we’ll see many more hits like the Swearinger-Keller collision.