Posted by Michael David Smith on November 10, 2011, 6:26 PM EST
Eagles defensive end Jason Babin is the latest of a growing number of defensive players who complain that the NFL doesn’t protect them the same way it protects offensive players.
Babin said today that the Bears ran a play on Monday night on which a tight end in motion drilled him from the side when he couldn’t see it coming, and that the NFL ought to make such plays illegal.
“I got the s— knocked out of me,” Babin said, via CSNPhilly.com. “I knew somebody hit me from the side and I didn’t know where it came from or who it was. To me it’s one of those plays, where somebody could get really hurt, especially if you’re running full speed and not looking.”
Babin ripped Bears coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Mike Martz for what he referred to as an “intentionally called play.” Babin acknowledged that the blindside block is not against the rules, but he thinks it should be.
“If everything is about safety and protecting players, then that should definitely fall under the safety rules and regulations,” Babin said.
This specific play aside, there’s not much doubt that Babin’s larger point is right: The NFL’s emphasis on player safety has largely been about protecting offensive players. Protecting defensive players should be just as important.