NFL Right To Suspend Players For Head Shots?

Do you agree with the NFL's decision to begin suspending players for "devastating hits" and "head shots?"

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin does.

"It is quite frustrating, to be honest with you, if a player is forced to leave a game because of an illegal hit and the other player continues and what have you - that doesn't really seem right," Coughlin said. "I'm sure there will be stronger measures taken."

The league is expected to make the announcement Wednesday.

"We can't and won't tolerate what we saw Sunday," Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president of football operations, said Monday. "We've got to get the message to players that these devastating hits and head shots will be met with a very necessary higher standard of accountability. We have to dispel the notion that you get one free pass in these egregious or flagrant shots."

Anderson was alluding to the normal disciplinary measures in which the league has issued fines for first-time offenders and, very often, second-time offenders.

"What we saw Sunday was disturbing," Anderson said. "We're talking about avoiding life-altering impacts."

A collision like the one between the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul and Detroit's Zack Follett, which led to Follett, being carted off the field, should not result in a suspension for Pierre-Paul. It was purely unintentional.

When you have players like Pittsburgh's James Harrison saying his intent is to hurt people, and incredibly cheap an unnecessary shots like the one below delivered on Baltimore's Todd Heap Sunday by New England's Brandon Meriweather, something has to be done.

The problem I can already foresee will be in judging intent. Accidental hits will happen and I would hate to see players suspended for those -- even though I am certain the rule change will lead to that happening.

Players have obviously shown, and said, that the fines they receive don't matter. They simply make too much money to even feel or care about a $15K fine, so another step has to be taken. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out, the league has never enforced its own message that players intentionally going helmet-to-helmet would be ejected. So, it is partially at fault here.

Still, something has to be done since there are still too many shots being delivered -- intentionally -- at players' heads.

Vote in the poll and offer your thoughts.

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