Redskins’ Brandon Meriweather returns just as controversial

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Updated: October 28, 2013
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The Washington Redskins get very little luck when it comes to their secondary, whether it be on or off the field.  Brandon Meriweather continued the secondary woes with his mouth.

One game after serving a one game suspension for another helmet to helmet hit, Meriweather returns to the fold in another controversial fashion.  This time, instead of head hunting, he appears to be accepting the role of knee hunting.

“I guess I’ve just got to take people’s knees out,” he said. “That’s the only way…I’d hate to end a guy’s career, you know, over a rule. But I guess it’s better other people than me getting suspended for longer.”

He continued: “To be honest, man, you’ve just got to go low now. You’ve got to end people’s careers, you know? You’ve got to tear people’s ACLs and mess up people’s knees now. You can’t hit them high no more. You’ve just got to go low.”

Meriweather’s statements are completely baffling.  Has he completely forgotten the fundamental of tackling, or it is that he never learned them?  We suggest that the Redskins and the NFL send Meriweather to the youth program USA Football to learn proper tackling techniques.   Meriweather’s statements are bewildering.  The fact that he believes the only way to tackle is to lead with the helmet or take out knees is quite troubling.   The fact he is willing to come out and say, hey, I guess I will take knees out, is staggering.

Washington has to make a difficult decision on whether Brandon Meriweather has any role to play on this team.  His actions and words are damaging to the brand of football and his penalties on the field are dangerous to others and crippling to his team.   His history of repeated offenses on the field are troubling.  He has a history of past fines for hits that the league punished. He was levied a $50,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit in 2010 and $45,000 more during the 2011 season for similar conduct.  He remained incident free in 2012, but only because he was on injured reserve with knee injuries.

Besides the reckless behavior toward others, Meriweather’s reckless play punished his defensive unit with personal foul penalties.  Listen, that is the last thing this defense needs.  They struggle without penalties.  Meriweather has racked up four personal foul penalties.  He has only played in five games.