In week 1 of NFL action, the Ravens absolutely demolished the Steelers. Personaly, I can’t remember the last time I thought the Steelers lost a game bad enough to make you wonder what happened. Normally, if they lose, they lose by 14 points or less. It’s always within 2 scores, or at least seems that way.
So, after seeing the score and wondering what happened, Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton gave the world an answer: Dirty Blocking.
Per Pro Football Talk:
Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton accused Ravens guard Marshall Yanda , in particular, of playing dirty. But the officials never flagged the Ravens for any illegal chop blocks, and Hampton said that if the officials aren’t going to protect defensive linemen, he expects offensive linemen to go after him.
PFT defined chop block for us as “when a defensive player who is already being blocked gets hit below the waist by a second player”.
Steelers DE Aaron Smith and nose tackle Chris Hoke both chimed in on the matter.
I don’t know if it is hard for the referees to see that stuff because there are multiple people falling on the ground to determine what happened.
Some of the things they were doing were questionable rules wise and dangerous.
Should the Titans worry? Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh doesn’t seem to think so, saying:
“The blocking scheme that’s come up this week is one that almost every team in the National Football League runs,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve been running it for years. Some teams do it better than other teams. The block is absolutely legal. It’s 100 percent legal, and it’s 100 percent ethical, and there is no danger whatsoever in the way the block is being executed because it’s in front.”