Former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall stopped by practice today to do a TV spot and he chatted with defensive end Jared Allen afterward. I had a chance to ask Marshall what he thinks about the number of fines the league is handing out for what it deems questionable hits.
Here is what he said:
“I think it’s crazy,” he said. “I think it’s just absolutely ridiculous. Football is a rough game. They’ve pretty much taken the quarterback with the protection that he’s got, you can’t put your hands on him, you can’t touch him. If you’re in the air and he gets the ball off and you happen to hit him, they want to fine you. You can’t play all-out if you’re doing those kinds of things. They got too many rules now.
“I just don’t understand some of the rules that they have in effect. ‘You can’t touch this guy here.’ A guy can go out there if he wanted to be just real chicken [expletive] he could get out there and everytime somebody came up, he could fall down like he got hurt.”
I asked Marshall how much he would be fined for hits if he played today.
“Oh man, with the rules they have today, I would get no salary and probably be suspended for most of the season,” he said. “It’s just crazy.”
Marshall said he is a big fan of Allen’s.
“He’s doing such a fine job,” he said. “He’s just one hell of a football player. I really admire him. Our whole defensive line is good. Those guys are the kind of football players that you really look at and admire their play.”
– Injury report: Allen (shoulder), tight end Garrett Mills (ankle) and wide receiver Bobby Wade (thigh) did not practice. Linebacker Vinny Ciurciu (hand), cornerback Benny Sapp (concussion) and safety Madieu Williams (shoulder) were limited.