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Tie game causing problems in Philly

mcnabbThe ignorance shown by Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid in failing to realize their game would end in a 13-13 tie against the listless Bengals has sent fans and analyst off to criticize the two, while players have come to their defense.

Entering the game, Philadelphia was in desperate need of a win as they sat at the bottom of the NFC East with a 5-4 (now 5-4-1), so why would they offer a short-change performance. They both should have known the rule,  but I don;t think they performed or coached differently than they would have if they were cognizant of their impending fate.

Andy Reid agrees.

“I’m sure there are plenty of rules that guys don’t understand, but I don’t think that has any factor whatsoever to do with the outcome of this game and how they played in the overtime,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I think that’s absurd. You play to win in that time, whether you think you have another overtime period or you don’t. And you play your heart out to win it in that time, and that’s how we approached it and that’s how the players approached it.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played in a 34-34 tie game against the Falcons on Nov. 10, 2002, and said people should slow their criticism of McNabb, as he may not be alone in not knowing the rule.

“People are way too hard on Donovan, making way too big of a deal about this,” Roethlisberger said to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Tuesday. “You’d be surprised. I’d bet at least 50 percent of the league didn’t know that at the time.”

His teammate, wide receiver Hines Ward immediately proved Roethlisberger’s point.

“I thought we were the last team to do it when we played the Falcons,” he said. “I thought you just played until you had a winner,” Ward said. “It’s kind of weird that you can still tie ballgames.”

Much has been said about the tie and McNabb’s admission of obliviousness, but the truth is that the game would have ended in the same way, and coaches are somewhat responsible for making sure their players are briefed based on any possible game situation.

Reid knows that and said: “I’ll take the responsibility for that.”

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Polamalu wants to see more hits

Pittsburgh's Polamalu laying a hit on the Bolts' Gates.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu says the NFL is too soft — “a panzy game” where fines are tolled out for the sake of money and not the safety of players.

These comments came after Pittsburgh received over $45,000 dollars in fines. Wide Receiver Hines Ward was the latest culprit, receiving a $10, 000 fine in the Steelers 26-21 win against Jacksonville, and $5, 000 the subsequent week for stepping over Baltimore Cornerback Corey Ivy on Sept. 29.

Polamalu went on to say that greats of yesteryear wouldn’t be able to play nor make a decent living in today’s NFL; not because the talent has elevated to such a high standard, but because they would face too many fines for hits that were legal in their prime.

“When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people,” Polamalu told reporters. “Now, they couldn’t survive in this type of game. They wouldn’t have enough money. They’d be paying fines all the time and they’d be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row. It’s kind of ridiculous.”

Polamalu is no slouch when it comes to hitting himself, but he isn’t exactly a guy known for taking the league to task, let alone, claiming that money is at the root of decisions made on the playing field. Many roughing-the-passer calls add some stake to his claims. Everyone knows that the quarterback is the face of the franchise, and many people don’t typically recognize lineman or defensive back off the field; Partly because a helmet is obstructing any clear view of their face, but mostly because the league would rather fans identify with teams.

But even the casual fans know Romo, both Manning’s and they certainly know Farve, which is proven by the fact that everyone reading this recognize these one-name wonders.

Maybe the league is too soft on some calls, but the very nature of the game is to pummel the opposition. Nevertheless, their are plenty of examples for these rules to be in place. Examples can be seen with Tight End Kevin Everette or the Jets Eric Smith’s hit on Cardinals Wide Receiver Anquan Boldin that led to a scary set of circumstances, ending with him being hauled off on a stretcher.

Smith was suspended and fined for the hit, but is appealing the suspension.

Palomalu raises some valid points, but their are certainly moments suggesting that rational reasoning was behind the NFL’s latest rash of fine’s and quick whistles.

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