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Danny Kanell: Broncos should take late hit shots on Tom Brady

 

Kevin McGuire
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Danny Kanell has made it no secret he thinks the sport of football is becoming weaker by the day. Kanell spits in the face at times of what he perceives to be a war on football any time the topic of CTE issues in the game are brought up. The former Florida State and NFL quarterback  has been through the rigors of the football world on levels many of us could only dream of, so his opinions are not without a first-hand experience to fall back on, however it is fair to suggest Kanell sometimes goes a little bit too far to one extreme when it comes to the game’s physical elements in today’s more modern world.

On Friday, Kanell was discussing the AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots with his ESPN Radio co-host Ryan Rusillo. While discussing Von Miller’s potential impact on the game (keep in mind Miller’s previous trolling of Brady), as well as the entire Broncos defense, Kanell suggested it might be a good strategy to have some defenders get some early licks in on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, even if it meant drawing a penalty flag after the whistle. You know, to send the four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback a message.

“I didn’t even think about this until just now. I think they have to have two personal foul calls, like 15-yarders against Brady. Like, they’ve been talking about him crying, I almost feel like this is the type of game where you have to send a message like in the first and second quarter, the first half, hit him a couple of times where it’s a little past the whistle. Like, let him know you’re around. Get those knock downs, get those hits on him, make him aware that you’re coming after him.”

“I’m saying you’re gonna take the hit, you’re going to hit him late and you’re going to get a flag called on you for hitting him late… It’s one of those games where you’re like in the first half, you know
what,
if it’s close and you get a good… I’m not saying dirty, but questionable.”

“You gotta push the envelope. I would almost challenge them to like be like 'You know what, get a 15-yarder in the first half. Draw a line somewhere, but say 'We have to send a message.'”

At one point in that thought process Rusillo checked in to clarify what Kanell was saying, but Rusillo later went on to suggest Kanell’s statement made sense. You can listen to a clip of the audio below.

There are ways to send messages in the sport of football, and indeed sometimes there may be a reason to take a moderate cheap shot if the opportunity presents itself. However, no team playing for a trip to the Super Bowl against a quarterback as battle-tested as Brady should ever go so far as to design a couple of opportunities to draw an unsportsmanlike or roughing the passer penalty, because great quarterbacks take advantage of 15, or 30 extra free yards. Those yards can mean the difference between seven, three or zero points on any given possession, so taking a penalty simply for the intent of sending a message to Brady seems a bit foolish in the grand scheme of things.

Kanell did clarify he was not suggesting the Broncos put a hit on Brady to take him out, which is supported by his idea of “draw a line somewhere” and fall on whatever side of that line that is not intentionally taking out Brady. New England, of course, may be a tad sensitive when it comes to talk about players aiming to take cheap shots on their players given the recent idea that players in the NFL were aiming at Rob Gronkowski’s knees.

Of course, as it has been noted by many over the past few days, Brady’s history in Denver is not all that rosy. In eight-lifetime game sin the Mile High City, Brady was beaten just two Denver quarterbacks. One was Tim Tebow. The other? You guessed it. Kanell.

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Although I agree any QB should get hit and hit often I think Kanell crossed the line by suggesting the hits should come late. Granted that is a proven tactic on any QB but this might be pushing the envelope considering the times we live in. However, should Denver take that risk then it may pay dividends. Not bashing Brady and just making an observation that any person would get mindful of their surroundings if they knew they might get clobbered once that whistle goes off.

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Put a QB on his ass, repeatedly, and you've got a chance.

 

15 yarders are killer penalties though.  Last thing you need is a numbskull getting flagged on 3rd and long, trying to get in another shot.  What happens?  You give Brady & Co another shot.  Got to stop the third down conversions.  If a defense can do that, it's a winning D.  

 

It's been interesting to see how well/fast Brady has gotten rid of the ball with an ever-changing o-line this season.  I wouldn't give any of his weapons a cushion.  Man 2 man, pop em in the mouth right when the ball is hiked and get their timing off.

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Perhaps sacrifice the long ball and play tight upfront defense for 2.1 seconds. Gotta bring some heavy blitz and hit him within the whistle. I agree 15 yards is deadly but doesn't look like Peyton can put up staggering points unless he has one last game from the heart and his receivers don't drop balls. Key is going to be about putting Brady on his ass every chance possible. He's going to be throwing a lot so the opportunity is there. Perhaps a 2-1/2 step to the QB and hope not many get called.

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If you can't hit the opposing QB during a play it's ridiculous to suggest hitting him late, when he my very well be defenseless, is at all acceptable. I wouldn't condone my team doing that to another quarterback, it's just not sporting. Kanell is an idiot.

 

BTW the Pats thrive on mistakes by the opposition, particularly dumb 15 yard penalties...not great strategy.

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And then the refs should doodle Peyton Manning which would please every Patriot hater in the US - and the author of the article above would then allow the refs to mount him while spending the night in the most luxurious hotel in the Denver area...It's really more about that to the author of this article and Patriot/Brady haters...admit it

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Wow, it is a wonder no one else has thought of this or tried it....

 

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Teams have been trying to get to Brady all season and when they did, he just popped back up and tossed another. 

 

Author is smaht..... 

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Wow, it is a wonder no one else has thought of this or tried it....

 

dunce.png

 

Teams have been trying to get to Brady all season and when they did, he just popped back up and tossed another. 

 

Author is smaht..... 

Not quite..........when he had the line protection and Edelman for the quick passes the first 10 games they were fine..........then they went 2-4 the last 6 games and our now making the trip to Denver instead of playing at home.

 

The Giants in two different SB's proved you could push Brady off his A game with serious pressure, the question for teams that dont have the specific defensice personnel the Giants did for lineman and linebackers is how to achieve it.

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Not quite..........when he had the line protection and Edelman for the quick passes the first 10 games they were fine..........then they went 2-4 the last 6 games and our now making the trip to Denver instead of playing at home.

 

The Giants in two different SB's proved you could push Brady off his A game with serious pressure, the question for teams that dont have the specific defensice personnel the Giants did for lineman and linebackers is how to achieve it.

 

That is true for any quarterback on any team that passes more than runs. That happened all to often this year to New Englands team yet Brady still managed to win  and the games he lost weren't run aways.

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