Matt Slauson and the coaching staff may have felt that the block on Brian Cushing was a clean hit, but we learned today that the NFL does not agree.
We have learned that the league has fined Matt Slauson $10,000 for the block on Brian Cushing that ended his season. Slauson plans to appeal. It is being characterized as an “peel back block”, which as of 2005, was illegal thanks to a rule change. The definition of a peel back block is one made from behind and below the waist. Per the rules, this should have been a 15 yard penalty.
Whether the play was illegal or not, it was unnecessary in my view. It’s a rough game, not saying that it isn’t. However, Slauson should know that below the knees is how guys can lose careers, let alone seasons. It’s not that he shouldn’t block the guy, but it is cheap to take shots at a guys knees. There is illegal vs legal, and moral vs immoral. It shouldn’t happen, it was unnecessary. I have no problem with the league making Matt Slauson write out a check, and hope the decision is upheld on appeal.
The sport is rough enough, guys don’t need their knees taken out. It’s wrong.