NFL targeting rule: What is it and some examples

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church picked up a 15-yard penalty for delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the AFC Championship. Gronkowski was still considered defenseless because he didn’t have time to clearly become a runner.

Blindside blocks that players don’t see coming result in 15-yard penalties if it involves helmet-to-helmet contact. Like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s block of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict:

And Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis’ block of Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams:

Changes also are a must defensively with the cornerback spot in disarray and lack of impact linebackers, which is a problem that hasn’t gotten fixed since around the time Spagnuolo was defensive coordinator of the 2007 Giants team that won Super Bowl 42.

“I think they’ll get that ironed out,” said Spagnuolo, who is being replaced by ex-Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher. “They’ll get some guys back healthy and a couple draft picks and free agents like everybody does.

“Hopefully, it’ll be just like we were in 2016. We were a pretty good defense two seasons ago. I think they can get back to that.”

Now in his 18th season — and probably not his last — Brady still has time to track down more records before he calls it a career. He wants to play until he’s 45, and if he does, he could rewrite the record books. Even if he plays until he’s 42 or 43, there are a few within reach.

With the wins record now under his belt, here are all the major records owned by the New England Patriots quarterback and the ones he still has a chance to topple.

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Most NBA fans can rattle off past examples of sketchy behavior by lottery-bound teams, the most common technique coming when a coach or front office executive mandates a key starter’s absence for questionable rest or an unspecified ailment.49ers_039

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