San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ian Williams suffered a broken ankle during the team’s 29-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football on a questionable — but legal — low block.
After the game, Williams’ teammate, linebacker Patrick Willis, spoke out about the hit and he was unhappy with how the Seahawks line approached the block.
“I feel like as a linebacker or a D-lineman, any cut, it’s a man sport — be a man, hit me up high,” linebacker Patrick Willis said, via CSNBayArea.com. “Hit like rams. You don’t see a ram going and cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head to head, pad to pad.
“I feel like that’s something the league should look into more. You see some of that stuff, and it’s uncalled for. You have a guy who’s 300 pounds cutting a guy who’s 250 pounds. Do physics to that. Hit the man up high. It should be a good collision.”
Unfortunately for Willis, it was technically a clean hit.
The problem here is the inconsistency with the NFL rules.
It is okay to hit defenders almost wherever you would like, but if the roles were reversed a penalty flag could be thrown.
This is something that the league is going to have to look in to this offseason to see if they can find a way to avoid defenders getting hit low and suffering serious injuries.