Washington Redskins' S Brandon Meriweather Doesn't Get Safety Rules, NFL Must Send Message

By Andrew Fisher
Brandon Meriweather
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Washington Redskins‘ safety Brandon Meriweather just doesn’t get it. But after two illegal shots to the head on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, he might start getting it. Reports are coming out that Meriweather is likely to be suspended for at least one game by the NFL for his hits on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Anyone who was watching the action could see that the hits were illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the safety from being in denial.

“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit. I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I didn’t launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them [league officials]. You’ve just got to play. There ain’t nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play.”

In my book, both hits were of the cheap variety. I’m usually not one to back the NFL’s new rules and regulations when it comes to player safety, but you can’t be more blatantly over the line than Meriweather was on Sunday. He targeted the head’s of Jeffery and Marshall and that’s just something you can’t do in today’s NFL. I’ll stand up for most of these guys getting hit with fines for questionable hits, but in this case, there was no question about it.

Meriweather needs a loud and clear message from the NFL that what he’s doing, isn’t okay. He needs to be put in his place and missing out on two game paychecks is just the way to do it.


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