Nick Sundberg defends Brandon Meriweather at the expense of Ray Rice

Brandon-Meriweather-RedskinsWashington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for an illegal hit on Torrey Smith. Meriweather is a known head-hunter, and the league noted that the hit on Smith was his “sixth violation of unnecessary roughness rules relating to his hits to defenseless players and impermissible use of the helmet.”

Despite the fact that Meriweather has been a dangerous player throughout his career, several of his teammates came to his defense after the punishment was handed down. Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg wondered how Meriweather’s suspension is the same length as Ray Rice’s.

Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said that Smith ducked rather than Meriweather aiming high and urged his teammate to keeping playing the way he has been.

“Keep hitting,” Hall said Monday. “I’ll pay the fine.”

[Related: Martellus Bennett wants to punch 'scumbag' Brandon Meriweather]

Meriweather, who knocked Eddie Lacy out with a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit last season, has always been a dirty player. The hit on Smith was borderline, but he no longer gets the benefit of the doubt.

As for the Rice comments, the league is going to hear that a lot. The NFL has been heavily criticized for only giving Rice a two-game ban after he was seen dragging his wife out of an elevator, which is why the league is considering harsher punishment for future offenders.

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Brandon Meriweather to Brandon Marshall: I’d rather play aggressively than beat my girlfriend

Brandon-Meriweather-RedskinsWashington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather is easily one of the most hated players in the National Football League. He plays recklessly and and is a notorious head-hunter. Most recently, Meriweather was suspended by the league after being flagged for two illegal hits on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery during a game against the Bears.

After that game, Marshall had strong words for Meriweather.

“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” he told reporters, per the Chicago Tribune. “I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely.”

Meriweather, who returned from suspension on Monday, fired back at Marshall. Chicago’s star wideout has had a number of off-field issues since college, including multiple arrests related to domestic abuse. Meriweather was quick to point that out.

“Listen, everybody’s got their opinion of things, you know,” Meriweather said, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Everybody’s got their opinion. He feels like, you know, I need to be kicked out of the league. I feel like, people who beat their girlfriends should be kicked out of the league too.

“You tell me who you’d rather have: Somebody who plays aggressive on the field, or somebody who beats up their girlfriend. Everybody’s got their opinion. That’s mine. He’s got his.”

While we in no way condone some of the things Marshall has allegedly done, that seems like a fairly irrelevant argument. As for how he is going to play on the field, Meriweather said the NFL has given him no choice but to start ending careers.

“To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now,” he said. “You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know? You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit them high no more. You’ve just got to go low.”

We know the issue of low hits is one that has picked up steam lately, with at least one future Hall of Famer saying he would rather be hit in the head than the knee. The difference with Meriweather is he launches himself and aims for the head. Most of his hits would have been penalties five years ago, too. There’s a reason players think he’s a scumbag.

H/T Deadspin

Martellus Bennett: I want to punch ‘scumbag’ Brandon Meriweather in the face

Brandon-Meriweather-RedskinsWashington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been one of the most notorious head-hunters in the NFL since he entered the league in 2007. Almost every rule that has been put into place over the past several years to protect receivers prevents Meriweather from playing the only way he knows how. And for that, Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett hates him.

Meriweather received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Monday after he was flagged twice for unnecessary roughness for illegally hitting both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. He was also fined $42,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy earlier this season. During his weekly appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago, Bennett went off on Meriweather.

“The scumbag,” Bennett said, via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog. “What it comes down to, at the end of the day, the players have got to look out for the players. There’s a way to go out there and be a beast when you hit people, and have nobody want to come across the middle. But then there’s a way not to do it, where you’re deliberately hitting guys [high]…

“Then it just becomes wrong. It’s not ignorance, because he knows what he’s doing, or guys know what they’re doing. Some guys are making these attacks on other guys.”

Prior to those comments, the host joked with Bennett that he should consider Sunday’s game a victory because didn’t get illegally clobbered by Meriweather.

“Oh, I still want to punch him in the face,” Bennett replied.

Meriweather has been blasted by current and former players for the way he plays the game. He’s dangerous and has hit with intent to injure on more than one occasion. If he does it again after returning from suspension, the NFL is going to have to consider an unprecedented penalty.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Eddie Lacy knocked out with concussion after Brandon Meriweather hit

Eddie Lacy concussionGreen Bay Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy was knocked out of Sunday’s Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins after being hit in the head by safety Brandon Meriweather.

Lacy rushed for 10 yards on the team’s opening drive, but he was hit in the head by Meriweather, who is notorious for being a headhunter. Lacy hurdled a man to get some extra yardage, and Meriweather launched himself at Lacy head-first, making helmet-to-helmet contact.

Meriweather was blasted two years ago for his constant illegal hits. He even admitted that he was taught to leave his feet and go head-first on tackles. He’s obviously been unable to break that habit, and it cost him later in the game.

Meriweather left in the second quarter after laying another helmet-to-helmet hit. He nailed James Starks but suffered the worst of it and left with a concussion.

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Redskins players hurt in pregame collision (Video)

The Redskins lost two players for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers in a freak pregame collision.

Safety Brandon Meriweather ran into wide receiver Aldrick Robinson in the end zone while attempting to catch a pass about two hours before the game. Both players went down immediately and took some time to get up.

According to CSN Washington, Meriweather was down about five minutes, but it took Robinson about 10 minutes to get up as he was standing still when Meriweather ran into him.

Meriweather had missed the first three games of the season with a sprained MCL and was expected to see his first action of the season. Robinson had 1 catch for 12 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Bengals.

Between this freak accident and the ridiculous Josh Morgan blunder in Week 2, it’s been an odd first month of the season for the Redskins.

Video via Black Sports Online

Former Bears Receiver Tom Waddle Blasts Brandon Meriweather for Illegal Hits

Over the last few NFL seasons, players haven’t had to try terribly hard to be reprimanded for the way they tackle.  Many defensive players insist the league has gone soft, and while that may be true to an extent it would be tough to argue that players — particularly receivers — are not safer as a result.  Still, there are players who refuse to play by the new rules and regulations.  One of them is Brandon Meriweather.

Meriweather is known league-wide for being a head hunter.  He often finds himself out of position in the defensive backfield and tries to compensate by laying a brutal hit on the receiver.  What is most disturbing about his hitting style is the way he tends to lead with the crown of his helmet and launch at people.  As Shutdown Corner pointed out, this video is a perfect example of why Meriweather is considered a dirty player.

Former Bears receiver Tom Waddle, who was a scrappy player known for his willingness to take hits over the middle of the field, completely blasted Meriweather for the way he plays during his ESPN 1000 radio show on Tuesday.

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Brandon Meriweather Prepares for NFL Season Rocky Balboa Style

Brandon Meriweather is not the most well-liked figure in the National Football League.  The Toucher and Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub Boston has made Meriweather into their own personal punching bag, ragging on him for the way he talks and the ridiculous things he says when a microphone is in his face.  Booting someone during a fight while at The U or being tied to not one but two shootings probably hasn’t helped the Patriots’ safety’s reputation either.

Maybe all the criticism he has faced has inspired Meriweather to start preparing for Ivan Drago.  Apparently standard equipment just wasn’t cutting it for the Big Bang Clock (New England reference), so he had to adjust his workout routine.

“We work out with a lot of different tools and weights,” Meriweather told the Providence Journal. “It’s not traditional bench press, squats. We do different things with weight. You can’t get these things from an ordinary gym. Now I go into a regular gym and am pretty much puzzled because I don’t see that stuff as helping me as much.”

Will the training regimen work for Brandon in a few months?  The Russian is pretty big, and we know he juices.  He has a lot of high-tech equipment at his disposal and some of the best trainers in the world.  But can you really beat the effectiveness of old-fashioned conditioning?  You think Drago’s a machine just because he can throw a punch with 1,700 pounds of force per square inch?  No, he’s a man.  No pain.

Chest bump to Shutdown Corner.