Miller made no real action towards the play, and was obviously not even close to being a participant in the action. He stopped standing totally still, which I guess does legally allow him to be hit, but that was excessive the way Douglas grabbed him, lifted him up and slammed him shoulder first into the ground. It was a hit designed to injure a man not involved in the play.
Miller was about 30 yards away from the play, in no position to make the tackle. But Douglas really didn't know that, so I could see where he would want to make a block. His takedown was a little excessive, so maybe the fine could have been a little lower. Actually, Miller deserved to be knocked down for that crappy throw. What was he thinking. White was only triple-covered, and the ball ended up nowhere near him.
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that was too much of an excessive hit..... throwing him into the ground?.... if you want to get a cheap hit by making it look like your blocking then just shoulder tackle or push him to the ground.... no sense roughing the passer and costing yourself and your team...
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The rason I don't like Brad Johnson is because, while "experts" are quick to point out that he is the third-highest passer in league history in completion %, he throws nothing but dump screen passes to the running backs.