Future Hall of Fame defender wrong about Buccaneers play

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette put a nasty block on Micah Parsons last night. Von Miller was not happy about the play.

Buccaneers Twitter erupted last night when Leonard Fournette but Cowboys defender Micah Parsons on his butt with an awesome block.

Parsons came off the edge without keeping his eyes on Fournette, and the result went exactly as it should.

Many on Twitter and in the booth applauded the play, but future Hall of Fame pass rusher Von Miller was not happy about the block.

It is clear why Miller is unhappy with a play like this being in the game. Parsons was doing exactly what Miller does, and a hit like this does not feel good and could lead to injuries.

Still, while Miller’s heart is in the right place, his reasoning is not.

The game is violent. There are plenty of ways to reduce the violence in a way that keeps guys from getting hurt while also keeping the sport intact, but banning a hit like this is not the right move.

Parsons was engaged with tackle Josh Wells and trying to push his way around to get another free look at Tom Brady. Parsons had already blown past the offensive line several times by this point, and Fournette was just trying to make sure he would think twice before coming over that way again.

The hit was violent, but it was carried out in the right way. Fournette used his shoulder, hit Parsons from the front, and most of the momentum from the hit actually came from Parsons running into Fournette.

Had Tampa’s running back used his hands, Parsons might’ve still found a way to get through the block.

No one wants to see players getting hurt, especially not young guys that could be the face of the NFL one day, but Von Miller isn’t going to find a lot of support on this one. Parsons needs to keep his head up.

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