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Chan on suspensions for hits

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2010 – 2:22 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey might be an offensive-minded head coach, but he is wondering how the NFL’s efforts to protect players with suspensions for violent hits is going to be effectively policed.

“I think those of us that have been in this game a long time you realize the game is getting harder and tougher and the hits are becoming bigger,” said Gailey. “I think it’s hard on everybody. I think it’s hard on the league, hard on defensive coaches what to tell guys. I think it’s very difficult in all respects. And I don’t think there’s an answer to it. I understand what the league is trying to do, but it’s hard on defensive players and I just don’t want us to become a two-hand touch league that’s for sure.”

Gailey, who officially reserved judgment on the new efforts of the NFL to curb violent hits citing the need to see how the new measures will work, said he and his defensive staff will be reminding their defensive players about some of the things to avoid in the course of play.

“You have to talk about that and stay on top of guys about not leading with their head and not launching to run through the midsection,” he said. “That’s what you have to do. It is becoming harder and harder, but that’s the way it is so that’s the way you have to coach.”

Gailey believes guys taking cheap shots deserve proper discipline, but again feels that there are instances where a defender, because he and the ball carrier are moving so fast have a violent collision without any ill intent.

“There are some guys that may take cheap shots and there are some guys that may just get caught in a bind,” said Gailey. “I don’t believe there’s an answer right now. We’re trying to find the right answer and we’re trying to coach our guys so they don’t get fined or suspended because that doesn’t help them or us. We have to make sure we do a good job of teaching them what’s expected while also getting them to play with reckless abandon. You still want them to do that.”

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