Even though the 49ers and Saints played almost two weeks ago, safety Donte Whitner still can’t get over the fact that linebacker Ahmad Brooks was flagged for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“He did everything he’s supposed to do,” Whitner said of Brooks via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “It’s not his fault that Drew Brees is a little guy and can’t really take a hit. But that’s football. And (that play) really would have won the football game. With three minutes left in the game, if we get one first down … Even if we have to punt, we feel we would have won that football game. We feel like it cost us the game.”
Whitner says that kind of hit is part of the game.
“He can’t take a hit,” he said. “Ahmad is what – 260 pounds. He’s what – 6-foot, 190? Because it looks bad. Because this guy’s in the weight room and he does his job, rush the quarterback and put a hit on him. It’s part of the game of football. (Brees) can’t take a hit, and Drew Brees and those guys are over there celebrating. But we kind of have a formula against those guys and hopefully we’ll see them again in the playoffs.”
Players like Whitner is the reason the NFL has to suspend guys for illegal hits. Because they simply don’t get it.
While people call the NFL soft, hits to the head and neck area cannot be tolerated. They’re simply too damaging.