I ranted about this in another thread ... but with the news that Pierce was knocked out of the game I believe it deserves a full fleshing out.
Quite simply put - any contact with or by a defenders' helmet should constitute a major penalty ... any contact with or by a defenders' helmet with another players helmet / head should be an automatic EJECTION!!!
From the very first tackle football practice I ever had as an 8 year old atom player - to the very last tackle football practice I ever had at University; tackling was coached to consist of head to the side, shoulders in the numbers, wrapping up with the arms, and driving the player into the ground.
I am so fed up and sick of these so-called 'professional' football players head hunting and driving the top of their helmets into the chin of exposed QB's and Receivers ... it is complete BUSH LEAGUE, totally disrespectful, and has no room, whatsoever, in football at any level - never mind the Pro level !!!
It is becoming rampant all over football fields in North America, at all levels ... it is NOT FOOTBALL ... it is disgraceful and must be eliminated. It is sickening to watch players get laid out, knocked unconscious, and obliterated by some punk who has no idea how to deliver a clean, devastating football hit ...
It is time to make this a PRIORITY !
I don't want to hear this nonsense about 'speed of the game' blah blah blah - we are talking about a technique - we are talking about a simple rule - DON'T USE YOUR HELMET ... take a look at that hit on Pierce - that punk a$$ defender rammed the top of his helmet right under the chin of Buck - totally reprehensible !! He could just as easily have put his head to the side, buried his shoulder pads into Buck's numbers, wrapped him up - and filled him into the ground ... but he took the COWARDS way out and delivered a completely bull$hit hit ...
NO MORE !!
On top of the game ejection - the player ought to be fined the max allowed under the CBA, and suspended for the next game too !!