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I think you misunderstand the rule. It is not targeting unless the player is "defenseless". That eliminates 98% of the hits in football. You are talking about a subset of hits, such as a receiver coming down with the ball, the QB after he has thrown, or a player relaxing because he is out of the play.
Still, there are plenty of examples of the rule being misapplied the last few years, and enforcement is not consistent, and in my opinion, never can be. The rule is too subjective.
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Yeah, you would think it eliminates 98% of the hits in football, but how many times do we argue over a roughing the passer call or late hit on a WR call or hard block on an INT return? The problem is that those calls are never applied consistently whether the hit is considered as made on a defenseless player or H2H or just plain old unnecessary roughness personal foul. We already have enough rules in place, and those aren't applied correctly most of the time.
This new rule, "targeting and hitting defenseless players above the shoulders results in a 15-yard penalty and ejection," adds nothing that isn't already in place.
My original point still stands -- the definitions of targetting and defenseless are way too subjective too risk ejecting a player over.
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