This is my second and final installment in this series. My premise remains–if you were to think outside the bounty box–would you have followed this trail if you were the Commissioner in search of safer play?
As Saints fans, we instinctively know our guys are not out to injure other players because we intently watch them play each snap, each week.
If injuries are the concern, my contention is the Commissioner should have looked at teams who actually injured players and try to determine what is happening on the field and how to mitigate it.
To make my point, I took you through the 2011 season in my first article with a team Who Dats luv to hate. This team made the research fun and easy as well as 16-game manageable. I choose the San Francisco 49ers. In their 2011 season, there were 15 injuries and 19 Grade A penalties.
Now, let’s look at the Saints 2011 season.
Week 1 Saints at Green Bay
No egregious penalties
Week 2 Bears at Saints
Penalty – Roughing the passer – Roman Harper
Injury – Did not return to game Earl Bennett – Hit by Roman Harper (1)
Week 3 Texans at Saints
Penalty – Illegal block by Dave Thomas