Paul Johnson responds to David Cutcliffe's idea of eliminating the cut-block
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday September 17, 2013
Following Saturday’s loss to Georgia Tech, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said he thinks it’s time to eliminate cut-blocking.
Part of what Cutcliffe said included, “It’s complex and ridiculous. The rules are so hard to understand, the officials can’t officiate it. That’s why I’m a proponent for just taking it out of the game. It’s easier to officiate and it’s safer for the kids. That’s the reason. I know it’s hard to completely understand that, but it’s not what we do, timing-wise.”
Today, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson was asked what he thought about Cutcliffe’s idea.
Johnson said, “My only respond would be let’s see how many of their defensive starters are out versus Pitt. It will be easy to look up and see.
“They cut block us as much as we cut block them is what’s hilarious. Go watch the quick passing game and the screen games. We get cut blocked, too. It’s not like we’re the only ones who do it. It’s like nobody want to get rid of cut blocks, they just want to get rid of them where we do them, on the perimeter.
“I would be the first guy to say if you can give me some data and show me some proof that more guys get injured that way, nobody wants to hurt anybody, but nobody can do it? Every time it comes up, I go ‘Well, where’s the research?’ Surely somebody can research that. You got video tape, you got film. There’s probably a reason nobody has done it.
“The only different I see between cut blocking on the perimeter and tackling below the waist is that you don’t use your arms. I mean, what’s the other difference?”
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