Nunez-Roches Hit: A Shaw Shank Redemption?

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No one knows for sure what was in Rakeem Nunez-Roches mind when he launched himself towards the Chicago Bear’s back-up QB Connor Shaw so perhaps you’ll have to decide for yourself. I think that once you look at the gruesome tape and sequence of events, that you may decide that Nunez-Roches deserves some redemption.

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Here’s a tape I put together on the play in question.

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It looks like Nunez-Roches is launching himself towards Shaw and aiming his helmet low to avoid any helmet-to-helmet contact but he is also far enough away from the Shaw to force him to grab him around the neck. As his body is coming down, his legs swing to his right and he then brings the weight of Shaw down to the ground frontwards. Shaw doesn’t bend his knees (or can’t) so we can all go quietly into the night… and the next play… so when Nunez-Roches is pulling him down, his weight is thrust against the front Shaw’s shin which buckled just above the ankle.

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Rakeem Shaw Hit

 

 

 

No one wants to see anyone hurt (unless you’re a sadist or just plain mean) so it’s hard to believe Rakeem Nunez-Roches was playing out of control. He’s never had a problem like that before (unlike other we know of… Ndamukong Suh).

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What do you think Chiefs fans? Was Rakeem Nunez-Roches out of control and delivering a “BS Hit” as Connor Shaw first tweeted (but then took down)?

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  • Laurels and limitations

    I gotta agree with CS on this one, the hit was late. I would have left the tweet up.

    • ladner morse

      The only thing about the hit that disturbs me (besides that fact that Shaw was hurt badly) is that Nunez-Roches swings his feet all the way out to the side like he’s sticking his feet out on a Merry-go-round. Still………. he’s just trying to do his job and make the team. IOW… he’s playing hard, which he should be.

      • Laurels and limitations

        yup, playing hard is a plus, but playing with lack of control is not. I’m betting NR would like that one back.

    • sidibeke

      I don’t think it was late but it does seem out of control. What I don’t get is why he left his feet. It doesn’t look malevolent but does seem out of control.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Yeah, I’m not saying he was trying to hurt the guy, not at all. Just that NR wasn’t thinking on that play, he was a hungry kid at a chocolate factory is all.

  • PaulfromnorthMO

    The play didn’t draw a flag, so I assume it wasn’t a late hit, but I do think RNR could have just put a shoulder into Shaw and sent him rolling. Grabbing around the neck and pulling him down may have been overboard. But on the other hand, he’s a young guy trying to prove is worth and keep a spot on the team.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      His momentum was carrying him away from shaw, that’s why he had to reach out and grab him instead of just running through him I think.

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Could be, I really haven’t seen a real clear view. They showed a replay once, but then refused to show it again on local tv.

  • mnelson52

    Well the Chicago commentators said it was a low hit. I’m not seeing that.

    • ladner morse

      Me either. In fact, RNR had to lower his head to not make head-contact then put his shoulder where everyone is asking tacklers to put their shoulder… into the mid-section.

    • berttheclock

      It was not low. It was not high. He was taking the same type of angle used for those who are trying to block kicks. But, as he was falling, he reached out with his right hand to grab the jersey of Shaw. That is when everything went south.

  • berttheclock

    I was checking through my vast library concerning text book tackles. Closest thing I could find was one from 1960 called the “Chubby Checker Twist Take Down”.

    It looks as though Nunez-Roches had taken a bad angle to try to block the pass, but, it put him into a position that he was going to fall and he reached out with his right hand to grab Shaw’s jersey. That grab changed the direction of his lower body and he fell clumsily atop Shaw. It was not dirty and it should not have been flagged.

    • mnelson52

      The good thing was, he wasn’t flagged

    • it was a freak thing in the heat of the play. It was not intentional and I think Shaw’s reaction was “emotional”.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Looks to me like Rochez was rushing right around his blocker. He was starting to bend back to the QB when he saw Shaw wind up to throw. Looks like, at that point, he dove for Shaw. I don’t think the hit was late, nor did Rochez attempt to deliberately hurt Shaw. The notion that he’d care about injuring another team’s 3rd string QB in a preseason game is kinda crazy. The fact that Shaw deleted the tweet tells me he probably realized the same thing.

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I probably couldn’t name 5 players that try to hurt others on purpose, with tactics like ankle stomping and eye poking.

  • Kevin Flannery

    Nasty hit and most definitely a bad turn of events for Shaw but, I don’t think that RNR (yes that’s my nickname, thank you very much ) was out to hurt the poor guy. Looked incidental to me.

  • John

    Love my Chiefs but BS on redemption. The ball was gone before he dove. However, I would not say Dirty, as I don’t know the man personally. Cheap yes. Bad judgement… hell yes. Not a play to ruin a man’s career in preseason when the play is over. C’mon man.