Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason said to reporters what many avid football followers have been saying for years: Quarterbacks are partly to blame for some of the big hits on receivers in the NFL the past few seasons.
From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:
Beason made the wild suggestion Monday. The league routinely fines defenders for illegal hits; a half-joking Beason suggested that defenders wouldn't deliver such hits if if quarterbacks didn't lead receivers straight into trouble.
"In my opinion, I think they should flag the quarterbacks for throwing the ball there," Beason said. "Back in the day, certain routes in certain coverages said I could not throw this seam route because it's cover-4, safety's sitting right on top of there, I don't want to get my guy killed."
"Now you throw the ball, guys get hit, they may be hurt, maybe not," Beason continued. "You roll around, the flag comes out. Well, it's a good play for the offense . . . So you play to the rules. I think the onus should be on the quarterbacks not to throw those balls. Then we wouldn't have those collisions."
Hmmmm. Now Beason knows better than to go down this road, so it was suggested that he was "half-joking." Perhaps the Giants are going to get more aggressive this season to cover up the defense's lack of talent and inexperience.
The recent addition of Beason's University of Miami crony, safety Brandon Meriweather, could have sparked his comments. Meriweather has a history of hard his that have drawn him a high volume of flags and fines.
But the overall notion that QBs don't lead their receivers properly on some plays is valid. The QB is charged with surveying the landscape and if he sees a receiver getting "lined up" by a defender, perhaps he should reconsider throwing the pass.
When Jeremy Shockey was a Giant, he was extremely vocal about the young Eli Manning's placement of throws in his direction. Shockey contended he had to continually catch passes standing still with his back turned to the defense and could not turn upfield to gain more yards -- plus, he was taking unnecessary hits from multiple defenders. Eventually Eli would begin to lead him and they did connect on some plays.