Crackback Block? Yes. Intentional? No.

Last night in the National Football League (NFL), the Houston Texans took on the Minnesota Vikings. And, merely 13 days in to his debut with Purple Power, quarterback Brett Favre led his team to victory on Monday Night Football by a score of 17-10. Unfortunately, two of the highlights from the game will be detrimental to the Texans. The first, Minnesota running back (and former oklahoma sooner) Adrian Peterson’s 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and second, Brett Favre’s crack back block on Texans cornerback Eugene Wilson. Let’s watch the play, then talk about the latter.

First and foremost, let’s define “crack back block.” About.com says:

Definition: A block by an offensive player who is usually spread out away from the main body of the formation and runs back in towards the ball at the snap, blocking an opponent back toward the original position of the ball at the snap. Blocking below the waist or in the back in this situation is illegal.

Based on this definition, there is no doubt that Favre’s block on Wilson was illegal, and he and the Vikings were penalized on the play. Eyes Of TX wants to clarify – or ask reader’s opinions on – do you think it was intentional? Do you think Brett Favre was trying to injure Eugene Wilson? Eyes Of TX thinks “No,” rather it was a QB trying to lazily protect himself while blocking (although foolishly, Favre puts his throwing shoulder in to the block). We give Favre credit, actually, for being practically fresh out of a retirement home and out there throwing blocks on trick plays – that must say something about his commitment to the team, right? Was it right to block Wilson the way he did? Absolutely not. Did Favre really intentionally throw that kind of block or intend to injure Wilson? Eyes Of TX thinks not.

Discuss.

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3 responses to “Crackback Block? Yes. Intentional? No.

  1. Well, first of all, Brett leads with his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

    While I don’t think he was trying to hurt Wilson, it’s a definite violation of the rules and was absolutely intentional – he dives at Wilson’s legs. Given that he would have blindsided Wilson, he certainly could have met him body to body and probably still de-cleated him. Not to mention that this is still a preseason game.

    But the bottom line is that it’s a personal foul to go low on a crackback block for a reason, and QB or not, this is inexcusable.

  2. eyesoftx

    Thanks for the correction on the throwing arm; you’re correct. He likely blocked that way to protect his throwing arm, which is what should have been stated in the post.

    While it was a personal foul (no arguing that point), Eyes of TX can’t justify that Favre was intentionally trying to throw a crackback block. While he goes for Wilson’s knees, name one QB or a handful of RB that don’t tend to block below a defender’s waist when possible (it is the easiest – and also uneffective if you’re not maintaining eye contact with your intended target – form of blocking)? The problem here was merely that the play was going the opposite direction of Favre’s lazy block, which led to it being a penalty. Can’t fathom mal-intent was involved.

  3. Ok, if it was unintentional, then that makes Favre an idiot. Crackback is legal above the waist, illegal below. I know this and I’m not in the league. If he’s going to bother to throw the block, he needs to know the rules.

    Maybe he doesn’t know NFL games can end in a tie, either.

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