Redskins punter Saverio Rocca nearly decapitates Cowboys' Harris -

Redskins punter Saverio Rocca nearly decapitates Cowboys’ Harris

Redskins punter Saverio Roccia apparently forgot which league he was playing in on Sunday against the Cowboys.

When making a tackle on Cowboys return man, Dwayne Harris, Rocca used all of his Aussie Football League experience to make the facemask/dreadlocks tackle.

Although Rocca he was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul penalty, this was a smart move by Rocca because it saved the Cowboys from scoring a touchdown.

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  1. Mark
    January 1, 2013 - 

    Pretty gutless play, not to mention extremely dangerous, by a player clearly too afraid to make a proper tackle.

    It wasn’t a “smart play” by Rocca. He could have easily used the 12th man (the sideline) to his advantage, by shoving the returner out of bounds. Dwayne Harris was tip-toeing the sideline as it was. A firm solid bump would have done it.

    Instead, Rocca made a blatantly illegal tackle, one that amazingly did not leave Harris with a serious neck injury. Also, it was a totally dumb, bone-headed move. You never, EVER give up 15 yards of field position like that. I’ve never heard a coach congratulate a player for committing a 15 yard personal foul. Anybody who actually knows football knows that few things screw your team like a 15 yard personal foul penalty.

    Rather than saving the game, Rocca damn nearly cost his team a spot in the playoffs.

    Rocca did NOT save a touchdown. If he’d made a clean tackle, the Cowboys would’ve had the ball 1st and 10 at the Cowboys’ 31 yard line. Instead, thanks to Rocca’s stupidity, the Cowboys took over 1st and 10 just 16 yards away from the end zone. Three plays later, the Cowboys scored a TD followed by the two-point conversion.

    If Rocca knew how to tackle, Romo and the struggling Cowboys offence would’ve taken over with 31 yards to go. It’s doubtful that they would’ve scored a touchdown from such a position.

    One final note: this isn’t how players tackle each other in Australian Rules football. Such a tackle is illegal in Australian Rules. If Rocca did this in the Australian Football League, he’d be looking at a suspension from the next game. The AFL takes an even dimmer view of this sort of stuff than the NFL.

    It’s not so much that Rocca “forgot” what game he was playing. He’s either just totally clueless or a dirty player. Given that he’s been in the NFL long enough to know better, I believe I know which one it is.

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