After Baltimore Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam went low on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, quarterback Aaron Rodgers confronted him about the hit. Rodgers even said after the game that he felt like Elam had time to make a hit in the legal zone.
Rodgers is just defending his teammate and his guy and is obviously upset at the injury. There is no fault in that or Rodgers for stating his opinion. When you state your opinion though, you have to be ready for the response. Ravens defensive end Chris Canty was disappointed in Rodgers’ comments and is just tired of hearing offensive players complain in general.
“Well I’m a little disappointed in Aaron Rodgers coming out and making those comments,” Canty told Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network’s “Around The League Live.” I’m tired of hearing offensive guys talking about defensive guys hitting players in the knees. Offensive linemen cut defensive linemen all the time. So I really don’t get it. It’s a legal hit, it’s within the rules. And if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t like it, he should take it up with the NFL.”
Cobb suffered a fractured fibula on the play and Rodgers was sticking up for him. Nothing wrong with that.
“I get it, but it’s within the rules of the game. They don’t want to hear defensive linemen complaining about cut blocks, we don’t want to hear them complaining about defensive players tackling offensive players low.”
Tackling low out of necessity or lack of options is surely acceptable. Tackling low when you have time to tackle high, is not acceptable.