The most concerning thing on the New England Patriots' side after Sunday's game wasn't the continued quarterback struggles or another loss be recorded. After all, Pats fans are used to both of those at this point.
Rather, the biggest focus was on wide receiver Demario Douglas, who was on the receiving end of a dangerous hit from New York Giants linebacker Cam Brown on a punt return early in the fourth quarter.
The play in question didn't result in any penalty flags being thrown despite the clothesline tackle, which safety Jabrill Peppers wasn't happy with after the finale whistle.
"They preach all this player stuff and that doesn't get flagged," Peppers told reporters in the locker room. The veteran added he's "pissed off" about the refs' negligence considering he's been fined for hits he felt were "clean" in the past.
Peppers continued, saying "it's a joke" to not call a flag when the league is emphasizing "player safety."
It's great to see Peppers not holding back on this incident. He's absolutely right to call out the hypocrisy of today's NFL where even the smallest of contact can be called on hits involving quarterbacks, meanwhile a play that results in a ball carrier being removed because of a head/neck injury isn't flag-worthy.
If the league does want to live up to its player safety madndate, then referees' calls should be uniform. The play involving Douglas was an obvious case to make an example out of a defender for a reckless act, yet he went unpunished in the moment.
Thankfully Douglas said he was feeling okay following the game and didn't suspect he had a concussion, but that shouldn't excuse Brown from punishment.
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