Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews was misplaced for the season on Thursday evening when he suffered a critical ankle damage, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn’t pleased with the way in which Andrews was tackled.
Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson used the hip-drop tackle method to take Andrews down from behind, main to Andrews’ decrease left leg getting caught below Wilson’s physique. The hip-drop tackle is authorized, however some in and across the NFL suppose it shouldn’t be, and Harbaugh questioned why Wilson had to use it on Andrews. Harbaugh additionally mentioned Wilson used the identical method to take Lamar Jackson down close to the sideline, and indicated that the Ravens will ship these performs into the league workplace.
“It was definitely a hip-drop tackle,” Harbaugh mentioned. “It is being discussed. It’s a tough tackle. Was it even necessary in that situation? The other one on the sideline, there’s always plays that you send in to the league to have them look at and interpret for you.”
Some rugby leagues have banned the hip-drop tackle, defining it as when a defender grabs the ball service with one or each palms, swings or rotates his physique to the facet or behind the ball service, after which drops his physique weight onto the ball service’s legs. The NFL has additionally thought-about banning the hip-drop tackle, however as of now it stays authorized in soccer.
The NFL Players Association has opposed banning hip-drop tackles, saying that banning it might put defensive gamers in an inconceivable place. The league will proceed to take a look at it, however to date there hasn’t been a proposal that clearly defines what’s and isn’t a hip-drop tackle, and that has gained vital support from the gamers and the groups.