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Zach Brown both right and wrong on football violence

Zach Brown both right and wrong on football violence

On Sunday afternoon, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was concussed on a vicious hit from Carolina Panthers linebacker.

It was the latest jarring visual, just a few weeks after Steelers' Ryan Shazier was taken to a hospital after suffering a horrific spinal injury as a result of a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Bengals in Week 13.

The hit on Adams once again launched a cavalcade of debate and discourse on player safety, the NFL's most divisive topic.

Zach Brown, who leads the Redskins in total tackles (127) and has more solo tackles than the next two on the list, is among those who believe there is too much complaining about injuries because big hits are part of the game. Brown missed the Redskins' Week 15 game against the Cardinals due to a list of nagging ailments but did weigh in on the debate regarding player safety.

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So, OK. Zach Brown isn't technically wrong. Well, at least technically wrong about the first tweet. Pro football will always have violent collisions and gruesome injuries. Brown is absolutely right. 

But hits and injuries — in general — are not what's being discussed here. It's the reckless and very avoidable collisions that are at the heart of the issue.

This was not Adams' first injury sustained from an unnecessary hit. Bears' linebacker Danny Trevathan was suspended one game for a grizzly helmet-to-helmet hit on Adams in Week 4, which landed Adams in the hospital.

Most fans will agree that an NFL without monstrous hits is a much less fun, and entertaining product. But we can have our weekly dose of organized violence without the hospital visits.

Make no mistake about it: Zach Brown is a ferocious athlete. He's the type of football player who would have been just as successful in the days of wedge blocks and clothesline tackles as he is today. Nobody is telling players like Zach Brown to stop being ferocious. The dialogue is being opened in hopes of getting players to use their head — and not for hits. 

But to many, discourse about safety is a blow to manhood. Any attempt to make the game safer is an attempt to make the players less manly. And that is not the case.

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The best tacklers — like Brown — are the ones who grab ahold of their opposition, the players who always aim for the numbers. There are few visuals more disappointing to a football fan than a linebacker or defensive back missing a tackle because they darted forward with their head lowered, like a projectile. The hits that result in embarrassment or a trip to the hospital is the hit that need to be eliminated from the game.

We should not want Zach Brown, or any NFL player, to do their job with less ferocity.

But we should want NFL players to not have to get sent off to the hospital every week.

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

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When is Super Bowl 52? Date, time, TV channel, halftime performer, odds

Super Bowl LII (52) will feature the New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC Champion) against the Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles (NFC Champion) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.

If they go on to advance, the Vikings would become the first team to ever ‘host’ the Super Bowl in their home stadium. They are the third to play the game in their home state. Minnesota will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in five tries, the most appearances by any team without a championship.

Philadelphia is looking for their first title ever as well, and doing it with a back-up quarterback Nick Foles. They have been the underdog in every game this postseason; it would be no different in the Super Bowl.

New England is looking for their third Super Bowl over the past four years and their sixth championship since 2001. However, their path in the AFC Playoffs is arguably the easiest in their history. A win by the Patriots would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history with six.

The new kids one the block, the Jaguars are one win away from their first Super Bowl appearance in what is already the best year ever for the franchise. If Jacksonville were to pull it off, they would be the tenth team in NFL history to win in their first Super Bowl appearance.

Super Bowl LII Information:

When is Super Bowl 52?

6:15 pm ET, February 4, 2018

Who is playing in Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots/ Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Minnesota Vikings/ Philadelphia Eagles

Where is Super Bowl 52?

U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

How can I watch Super Bowl 52 on TV?

NBC

Where can I stream Super Bowl 52?

The Super Bowl can be streamed for free on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Who are the announcers for Super Bowl 52?

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Heather Cox

Who is performing the Super Bowl 52 halftime show?

Justin Timberlake is the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime performer. It is his third Super Bowl performance, previously performing in Super Bowl XXV and more famously in XXVIII with Janet Jackson.

What are the odds for Super Bowl 52?

New England Patriots: 6/5
Minnesota Vikings: 7/4
Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1

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Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000

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Need to Know: A random walk through the Redskins past for edition No. 2000

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 21, 52 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 44
—NFL Draft (4/26) 95
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 231

Need to Know No. 2000

This is a special edition of Need to Know. It was 2,000 days ago, on July 31, 2012, that this post designed to give Redskins fans the news and views they need to get their days started was posted for the first time. And it has gone up every single morning since that day, 2,000 mornings in a row.

There is no reliable way to measure how many have read the post since site redesigns and name changes have made reliable tracking difficult. But NTK page views are estimated in the tens of millions. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting, both on the site and on social media. It’s the passion of Redskins fans that makes the job so enjoyable.

Here is a look back at some of the “landmark” editions of Need to Know. I can’t like to all of them because of the aforementioned changes but it’s an interesting, random walk through Redskins history.

No. 1, “Hits to the depth chart”, 7/31/12—The Redskins were trying to deal with the losses of LB Jonathan Goff, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury, and G Kory Lichtensteiger, who was out after getting his knee scoped. Also, the Saints, who were the Redskins’ opponent in the opener, were complaining about the Bountygate penalties. A lot. See, even during training camp in 2012, NTK was able to look beyond RG3 hysteria to get you to the other important stories of the day.

No. 500, “Nickel coverage—Jordan Reed misses practice”, 12/13/13—Yes, the more things change the more things stay the same. The talented tight end, then a rookie, was still trying to a recover from a concussion he suffered a few weeks earlier. Reed ended up going on injured reserve, missing the last six games. Also, Mike Shanahan said that didn’t pay any attention to all of the negative talk about the team in the media and Kyle Shanahan said that didn’t have any input into the decision to bench RG3 and play Kirk Cousins. Both claims were greeted with skepticism.

No. 1,000, “Can the Redskins draft an immediate O-line starter?”, 4/27/15—This was just a couple of days before the draft. Brandon Scherff, who ended up being Redskins’ top pick at No. 5 overall, is not mentioned but he did indeed become the team’s selection. This was Scot McCloughan’s first draft and the identity of the Redskins’ first pick was still a mystery. Although Scherff’s name often came up, most mocks had them going with edge rusher Dante Fowler, who ended up going to the Jaguars at No. 3.

No. 1,500, “Redskins searching for back to back playoff spots”, 9/8/2016—This was a “By the numbers” look at the team as it approached their season opener against the Steelers. They were coming off of a playoff berth in 2015 and, as we know now, their streak of consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs at least two straight years would continue. In 2016 were able to stop a 19-year streak of not having back to back willing seasons, just barely, by going 8-7-1. One more interesting number from the post—Kirk Cousins’ pass completion percentage at home in 2015 was 74.7 percent, the highest in NFL history.

Again, thanks for reading. See you tomorrow for edition No. 2,001.

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