Stephen A. Smith claimed that Foles “got what he deserved” after he was taken down by an illegal hit.
Nick Foles was taken down by an illegal hit when he was blindsided by Washington Redskins defender Chris Baker on Sunday. Soon after the tackle, everyone agreed that it was an illegal takedown.
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Even the officials agreed that was foul play by Baker. Baker was then tossed from the game by the referee. ESPN’s Stephen Smith wasn’t surprised by the tackle and had a different view to the situation.
When he was speaking on First Take on Monday, he said that Baker’s tackle wasn’t a foul. He then applauded Baker for making the tackle and it looked like he had some problems with Nick Foles.
He said, “I’m applauding Baker for the hit and I actually loved it”. Then to show a little sympathy towards Nick Foles he said, “Now I didn’t want Nick Foles to get hurt and to be knocked out of the game”.
Stephen Smith claims that he was a little worried for Nick Foles as he was laying on the ground after the strong tackle. Nick Foles was coming towards the action and he was bound to get hurt.
He wasn’t running at all as he was jogging towards the players. Now we know that the quarter backs are protected these days, but knowing that the game has evolved so much, the quarter back should know better.
They should know that they are going to be targeted by the opposition players. This wasn’t the case in the past, but in the modern game, all of the teams try to take down the quarter back.
Well Smith was wrong in his claim as it was an illegal hit. By the rules and regulations, the quarter back is protected against such kind of hits.
Even if the interception has been thrown, you cannot make such kind of a tackle on the quarter back. Players from opposite teams said that it was an illegal hit but then again they said that it was all a part of the game.
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Source: Washington Post