Adrian Wilson was smiling a bit today, but it was a wistful kind of a smile. He didn’t want to be talking about his hit on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis Sunday. He got the flag for unnecessary roughness, but whether he will get suspended – or whether he even deserved a flag ….
“I’m a ballplayer, man,” Wilson said. “The rules are what they are, but at the end of the day, you want to be a football player. You want to do what’s best to try and disengage the ball. It’s a funny rule, but we as players, or defensive backs, or safeties, really, we have to deal with the rule.”
He makes a good point, since it is safeties that are most affected. Wilson got nailed in 2007 when he hit tight end Todd Heap in Baltimore – but was later told it wasn’t a penalty, at least at that point – and now this. His choices are to let the player catch it or not. In the end, if the other team is going to get 15 yards anyway, maybe letting them catch it is worth it.
“I won’t change nothing whatever,” Wilson said, and then added, “It’s an offensive league. Anything they are going to do to give the offense an advantage, they are going to do. As a defensive player, once again, we have to deal with the rule changes and do our best, to, I don’t know. I don’t know what I am supposed to do or what any player put in that situation is supposed to do. I’m just trying to continue to play the way I play.”
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said when he looked at the play on tape, Wilson tried to hit Davis in the chest.
“I certainly understand player safety and what (the NFL) is trying to do,” Whisenhunt said. “I believe, in watching Adrian and him trying to lean in with his shoulder instead of leaning in with his head, he was trying to do the right thing. I really didn’t put much thought into it on the field yesterday. Hopefully it won’t be an issue (with punishment).
“If you look at the play where Anquan got hit last year, it is two different type things.”
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