So everybody's favorite boogeyman, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, has requested a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to find out what, exactly, he's doing wrong by, you know, actually tackling quarterbacks.
I don't know about you, but it isn't Suh who particularly scares me. It's Goodell.
I'll take a backseat to no one in applauding his efforts to cut down on headshots in the League; every time the wires spit out another tale of a former NFL player (mostly linemen) dying in his 50s, the current players should send a thank-you note to Goodell for trying to keep the same thing from happening to them.
That said ... there seems to be no consistency in how penalties of this nature are being called, and frankly the calls have gotten out of hand. You almost literally cannot hit a receiver anymore to jar the ball loose without drawing a flag. Nor can you effectively pass-rush quarterbacks; the officials are dropping the flags so often on QB hits that linemen like Suh have been reduced to pass-rushing on tiptoe, which effectively eliminates the pass rush altogether, given that its operative component is a reckless abandon that has been all but legislated out of existence.
So good for Suh in trying to get to the bottom of all this. Hopefully it will bring all this to a head, and force Goodell to admit that what the league would really like to do is put red jerseys on the QBs and make them off-limits to any hitting whatsoever, the way teams routinely do in practice.
You could argue that then it wouldn't be football. But given the inflated offensive numbers, particularly in the passing game, that the new crackdown has wrought, is it actually football now?