There has been a lot of talk this season about QB hits and all the penalties called for roughing the passer. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the hit that Drew Brees took and if that really was a penalty. Adrian Peterson seems to think the rules are designed to baby QBs:
“You think about Drew Brees and the hit he took (against the 49ers). I love Drew Brees. He’s one of my favorite guys to watch, but that hit he took wasn’t a penalty,” Peterson said to FoxSports.com. “So they kind of baby the quarterbacks, but the running back, we’re like every other player. We get hit, and that’s what it is.”
Now that the NFL has placed an increased emphasis on player safety, they have seemed to bubble wrap QBs so to speak. Peterson has a point but RBs have never gotten the love that QB’s get so the league is going to go the extra mile to protect them.
The real question though is where do you draw the line? And if you really wanted to help player safety, shouldn’t you also focus on the lineman that take hits constantly?