Originally Posted by Pro Trash
I think might want to actually know the rules before you acuse others of not knowing. Also you might want to consult the NFL rules book ,they find that a chop block is.
"Chop block - This is an illegal block thrown below the waist of an opposing player. These types of blocks have been known to cause severe leg injuries to the opposing player. The offensive team is penalized 15 yards for this infraction."
I am up on the rules and have been for a while as a matter of fact the NFL established the following rule in 1980.
also check this out
"Under the heading of "personal foul," players were prohibited from directly striking, swinging, or clubbing on the head, neck, or face. Starting in 1980, a penalty could be called for such contact whether or not the initial contact was made below the neck area."
It seems no one got the message and head injuries became prevelant so they had to further institute rules.
"Starting in 1996, Hits with the helmet or to the head by the defender will be flagged as personal fouls and subject to fines. This is being done to protect the offense, particularly the quarterback."
Dude, an illegal chop block occurs when a defender is already engaged with a blocker. There's nothing wrong with a blocker going for a block below the waist when a defender is one on one. It's legal, common, and part of the game. Before most teams got rid of the fullback in favor of the West Coast Offense, they did it on almost every pass play where the tight end released and the fullback was staying in to protect. In 2001 they changed the rules to make it where a back can no longer legally block below the waist. It is still perfectly legal at the line of scrimmage.
The striking to the head thing makes perfect sense. It's football, not boxing.
As for normal, incidental helmet on helmet contact, which is almost completely unavoidable in football, the rules now are way too pansy-waisted in favor of the QB. Make a good hit, your helmet touches his, they throw a flag.
Football is not for titty-babies. It's supposed to be rough, dangerous, and brutal, imo. From whistle to whistle, it's a war.