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Published on October 31, 2018 10:45 PM by dbo.
Odell Willis is handed the maximum half-paycheque fine for a high hit on a quarterback and two other players receive fines for illegal and reckless hits.
Punishment is not a deterrent to curb this behaviour; other solutions need to be found. However, the purpose of spotters to remove players from the game must be strengthened, by increasing their neutrality and being able to be called into question by coaches, managers or fans. They have a job to protect players, and a zero-tolerance policy to comment on their decisions is the only way they can effectively do their job. Once pulled, it is up to medical staff to allow a player to return. As a fail safe, team medical staff should also have a green light to ask a coach to remove a player that has not been removed by the spotter. Anything else indicates coaches and teams don’t really have their players’ interest first on their priority list.