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Post John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is needed
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John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is needed
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 8, 2012, 7:44 AM EST

Some people think the NFL excessively protects quarterbacks, taking too much of the contact out of football and making it a league full of glory-boy passers who whine to the referees every time they get touched.

John Madden is not one of those people.

In fact, the Saints bounty investigation has Madden, the Hall of Fame coach who had a three-decade career as a broadcaster, telling Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he’s more certain than ever that quarterbacks need more protection. As co-chair of the safety panel that advises NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Madden would favor changing the roughing the passer rule to make it more like roughing the kicker: Once the quarterback has released the ball, you can’t touch him.

“They just let defenders beat the hell out of those guys after they throw it. We don’t let them touch a punter or kicker after a ball leaves his foot,” Madden said. “We need the quarterbacks. It’s a passing league and a quarterback-driven league. We need the Peyton Mannings in football uniforms out there playing — the Tom Bradys, the Drew Breeses, the Philip Riverses — we need those guys instead of them standing on the sideline.”

Madden’s Raiders played some rough, tough football, but he thinks what the Saints were doing was beyond the pale.

“The cart-off and knockout and those things, that surprised me,” Madden said. “I didn’t think that was in the culture. Obviously, it doesn’t belong in the culture, and I know the commissioner is going to get it out. If you’re going to hit someone, it’s usually a quarterback. So I think we have to really watch the quarterbacks and protect them. I know all about the ‘they wear skirts’ B.S., but we really have to protect them.”

Madden is confident that Goodell will come down hard in the Saints case and send a message that reverberates through the league.

“When [Goodell] does something and he gets them — and I don’t know what the discipline is — but I’ll tell you what, when he puts some teeth in the rules or whatever he’s going to do, it won’t happen again,” Madden said. “It will be gone.”

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March 8th, 2012, 10:15 am
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Post Re: John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is need
WHAT?! Like they aren't protected enough?

This year was great. How many backup QBs had to come in to help the team? Matt Shaub got hurt, but he ALWAYS gets hurt. Brady, Eli, Brees, Stafford, Rogers, Ryan, etc.... all those QBs played all year long. Nearly all the starters remained starters, unless pulled from the lineup. Very few were injured. Manning was out for the year because of a procedure, not because of 1 viscous hit.

I like Madden, and I'm usually on his side, but this time I'm not.

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March 8th, 2012, 4:29 pm
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This is just an old blow-hard looking at two cases (Manning, whom Madden LOVES; and the Saints) and spouting off at the lip. Nothing to see here... moving on...


March 8th, 2012, 4:32 pm
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Post Re: John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is need
Here is what good old John is proposing to protect the QBs
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BTW - perhaps the best way to protect QBs is to keep them off the cover of his video game!
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Post Re: John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is need
John Madden is an idiot with running mouth disease.


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Post Re: John Madden says more protection of quarterbacks is need
John Madden has proposed the Five Mississippi Rule to the NFL Competition Committee.

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