TheSeattle Seahawks survived to pick up a 26-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough to soothe Michael Bennett after the game. The Pro Bowl defensive end was still fuming that an offensive lineman would try to cut block him, and in Bennett’s typical style, he wasn’t afraid to tell everybody exactly how he felt.
Bennett launched into an expletive-laden tirade about Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews because the third-year player went low on a block in the third quarter, injuring the Seahawks pass rusher on the play. While Bennett did not return to the game, Bob Condotta for the Seattle Times reports he doesn’t expect to miss any more time.
That didn’t stop him from ranting and raving about the play in the question though.
“To me it’s a scary, b**** ass move. Honestly, I think if you dive at someone else’s legs you’re a little b****. If you are big in the NFL you just line up and play — why you got to cut someone on the (expletive deleted) play? I mean, I don’t know. That (expletive deleted) is just stupid to me. Why cut somebody when you can just line up and win. I don’t know. I don’t come off the ball jumping at offensive linemen’s legs. … I think it’s just a b**** ass move, personally.’’
It’s not a new complaint from linemen or defensive players in general. While the NFL has put a lot of focus on player safety, that’s largely been geared toward reducing concussions or protecting vulnerable quarterbacks and wide receivers. Defenders complain all the time about offensive players being allowed to go at their legs and knees.
Nonetheless, it’s part of the game, and whether Matthews was right to do what he did from a technical or ethical standpoint, the rules allow it. Therefore, Bennett should probably lay off of his fellow player and direct his complaints to the league office.