NFL News and Rumors: How to tackle an NFL QB 101
The lineup following week three action
- Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith
- The Lion Pride take care of Brady, Gronk
- Does Patrick Mahomes have a weak spot
- It's Baker time
- Jimmy G's injury status
What else is happening around the NFL? Let's get up to speed...
Tackling an NFL QB…
Is there really a correct way to hit an NFL QB these days? Well, yes, even though Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ hit on Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith looked pretty good. But there was one element that the referees caught during the tackling process and that’s what drew the flag.
So here is the rule, by definition in the NFL, about laying a hit on any QB.
The NFL Football Operations twitter account responded to Matthews’ hit on Smith: “This is a foul for roughing the passer - the defender lands “with all or most of the defender’s weight” on the passer. Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9(b).”
And that is where Matthews went wrong.
Clay Matthews speaks out after the game
Following the game, Matthews was asked about this play:
“Obviously I don’t agree with it, again,” says Matthews. “As soon as I hit the ground, I tried to put my hands out. Obviously, when you’re tackling a guy from the front, you’re going to land on him. I understand the spirit of the rule. When you have a hit like that, that’s a football play… I’ve never heard of anybody tackling somebody without any hands. I think they’re looking for those hits like last year that took Aaron [Rodgers] out. That little ‘extra’… Unfortunately this league is going in a direction that I think a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft…”
Full video can be found here.
The Lion Pride was on the move vs. Brady, Gronk
What in the world is happening in the NFL? One week you have the struggling Buffalo Bills losing 47-3 at Baltimore in week one, now upsetting one of the top teams in the NFL 27-6 over the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota. The Cleveland Browns finally won their first game in 635 days. And the great Tom Brady couldn’t get past the 1-2 Detroit Lions last night in Detroit.
What a time to be an NFL fan.
The Lions defense had their number on Brady limiting him to just 133 passing yards and one touchdown, but also one interception. But their run defense stepped up huge too holding the Patriots running back core to just 89 total yards. Patriots RB Rex Burkhead left the game to examine a possible neck injury. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited to just four receptions for 51 yards.
In week four, the Lions (1-2) will hit the road against the Dallas Cowboys (1-2) and the Patriots (1-2) will host the undefeated, yes undefeated, Miami Dolphins (3-0).
Does Patrick Mahomes have a weak spot?
If he does, he rarely shows it. The rookie is putting up video game numbers for the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
Not only has Mahomes showed out in his second year, but the Chiefs have also built the talent around him in tight end Travis Kelce, wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill, and running backs Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware. Mahomes is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 13 touchdowns over his first three games of the season.
The Chiefs travel to face Von Miller and the (2-1) Denver Broncos next week under the Monday Night Football lights.
It’s Baker time.
Finally. What NFL fans have been waiting for, whether you are a fan or not of Baker Mayfield. Ever since being selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, it is now official: the Browns (1-1-1) have announced Mayfield will start week four on the road against a struggling Oakland Raiders (0-3) team.
Everything changed when Mayfield entered the game after starter Tyrod Taylor left with an injury early on Thursday Night Football against the visiting New York Jets. Mayfield lead Cleveland to its first win in 635 days 21-17 over the Jets and became a legend overnight.
Jimmy G’s status
Say it ain’t so, Jimmy. The San Fransisco 49ers’ season has turned from bad to worse in just one game. Starting Pro Bowl CB Richard Sherman is out for 2-3 weeks with a calf injury and just announced this afternoon, the 49ers' QB Jimmy G has suffered a season-ending ACL knee tear against the Kansas City Chiefs in week three. Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the. season
Backup C.J. Beathard, the 2017 Niners draft pick out of Iowa University who came in last season for Brian Hoyer before Garoppolo, will take over now with the 49ers (1-2) hitting the road to the Los Angeles Chargers (1-2).