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Giants LB Beason: Flag QB's for throwing into big-hit areas

The NFL has been on a crusade against big and violent hits for several years. And Giants linebacker Jon Beason has a new and radical (and likely impossible) idea to solve some of that problem: Fine quarterbacks for throwing into big-hit areas.

Beason made the wild suggestion Monday. The league routinely fines defenders for illegal hits; a half-joking Beason suggested that defenders wouldn’t deliver such hits if if quarterback passes didn’t lead receivers straight into trouble.

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“In my opinion, I think they should flag the quarterbacks for throwing the ball there,” Beason said. “Back in the day, certain routes in certain coverages said I could not throw this seam route because it’s cover-4, safety’s sitting right on top of there, I don’t want to get my guy killed.”

Now that doesn’t happen, and that’s partly because a flag for a helmet-to-helmet or other big hit sometimes functions as a reward for the offense.

“Now you throw the ball, guys get hit, they may be hurt, maybe not,” Beason continued. “You roll around, the flag comes out. Well, it’s a good play for the offense . . . So you play to the rules. I think the onus should be on the quarterbacks not to throw those balls. Then we wouldn’t have those collisions.”

Those collisions are something that the Giants will notice far more this year, thanks to the Sunday signing of safety Brandon Meriweather, a big hitter who played with Beason in college. Meriweather was once frequently fined by the NFL, although Beason suggested the veteran will make adjustments this season.

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