Just Tackle!

Something I've noticed in watching football games this year, particularly in the NFL...players seem to be stripping the ball more from opponents.

 

Something I've noticed in watching football games this year, particularly in the NFL...players seem to be stripping the ball more from opponents.

Refs aren't calling any penalties on these kinds of plays, so apparently it's perfectly legal.

But I have a couple of questions about the practice. Why do players seem to be doing it more this year? And doesn't it kind of seem like a cheap way to get a turnover? I mean one person stops the player with the ball, doesn't tackle him, and waits for 2, 3, 4 or more players to get to the individual with the ball, then one of them strips it from him. Ingenious!

I know it's not the most important thing in the world right now, but this intentional non-tackle, wait for backup to strip the ball, just doesn't seem like the way the game was intended to be played.

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  • by kristy kerstetter Location: havelock on Dec 26, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    wow you must be ingenious dave. now the refs will call penalties on any thing. players are getting fined for being too rough on the field. its a contact sport. players know what they are getting into. stripping the ball has been done since football became a national sport.(back when it was leatherheads). there is too many rules in the game already so should stripping the ball be a penalty too?! no. its football. cheap shots are apart of the game. its what keeps it interesting. you take all the fun out of football, youll have a dead sport!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Goldsboro on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Whenever I played football, we were taught to protect the football. #1 rule for players carrying the football. It is to be expected every play for the defense to strip the football from you. Same goes for basketball and the steal. Teams must PROTECT the leather.
  • by Sam Location: NC on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:33 AM
    I myself have noticed this. I did wonder the same thing. I would like to know. Wonder if it has to do with being called names or how do I put this without offending for being touchy feely? If so, someone has their mind in the gutter instead of the good ole game.
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