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Ahmad Brooks: Penalty call was ‘bulls—’

Ahmad-Brooks-Drew-Brees-hitSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was flagged for a personal foul in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints that may have cost his team the game. Brooks fired off the edge on 3rd and 2 and had a clean shot at Drew Brees, but he was called for roughing the passer when he hit Brees around the neck area.

As you can see from this slow motion replay, the hit was pretty brutal. However, you could make the argument that Brooks hit Brees in the chest and only made direct contact with the head and neck area as Brees was falling to the ground. Brooks certainly felt that was the case.

“I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” the veteran linebacker said, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this s— is bull—-. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”

The hit was one that comes down to a judgment call from the official in real speed. It’s easy to argue that the wrong call was made when you play it back in super slow motion, but the officials don’t have that luxury on that type of play. As a result, they are going to focus on protecting the quarterback nine times out of 10.

“It was at home. It was Drew Brees,” Brooks added. “And maybe the officials were for the New Orleans Saints a little bit more than the 49ers. I think it’s B.S., man.”

Again, I think it was more about protecting a player than favoring the home team. The league has placed an emphasis on avoiding head shots and dangerous hits. Anything resembling one typically draws a flag.

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  • Sport Page

    Weak call, ref should be embarrassed and fined.

  • SpinMax

    I typically will side with the defense on all of these calls. but Brees is still upright and neck is touching arm…hard to call that ok. if defenders want to blame anyone, blame former players, not the ‘league office’ or whomever

  • tom from st pete florida

    Saints fans think it was a good call, 49ers fans think it was a bad call.

    Neutral fans KNOW it was a bull crap call, and if the game was in SF, that would have been Niners ball, at the 50, and the game pretty much would have been over at that point.

    Hit was to the shoulder pad, and that is not worthy of a flag, case closed.

    If the ref is going to make a call(from 10 yards or so) behind the play, he better make sure he saw something besides Brees neck being jolted.

    Just a terrible call, IMO!.

    Personal fouls like that should be reviewable.

  • The___Don

    That ref should be sent back to Pop Warner, but the union will protect him. I’m going to start watching more WWE and less “football”. At least they’re honest and call it what it is – entertainment. The NFL brand is eventually going to go down the toilet because of these kinds of calls.

  • concretejimmy

    You can’t clothesline QB’s. Or any other player.

  • Carla Jacobs

    so what are brooks’ choices if he doesn’t like what football has become (“watered down”)? he could always go play in that other league! even if it was a bad call, i’m sure there were other questionable calls in that game. it happened…as professionals, they have to mentally adjust to the letter of the law, so it doesn’t happen again, and move on to the next. if you want to win games (with fewer penalties/fines/suspensions), why fight it? hey coaches, you need to adjust your coaching philosophy too, so your players believe that changing how they hit is playing the game the right way. the 49ers way!