Panthers fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that Charles Johnson isn’t facing a season-ending or career-ending injury, because all early indications pointed to his knee being shredded up by Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon.
Cannon doesn’t seem to be a bad guy, and can actually be considered an inspiration since he’s fully recovered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. But Monday Night’s cheap shot was dangerous and uncalled for. Johnson beat him off the edge, and in a last-ditch effort to keep him from reaching the pocket, he swung his leg right to the location where he thought Johnson would be. Perhaps it was just intended to trip Johnson up some. It just so happened to land directly on the outside of Johnson’s right knee, who buckled over and had to be carted off the field.
A full GIF of the play can be viewed here, courtesy of Kissing Suzy Kolber:
Fans, analysts, and players have chimed in, including current Buccaneers Defensive Lineman Gerald McCoy:
#61 for patriots is dirty. He intentionally tried to take me out last yr preseason as well. Thats uncalled for. A leg whip though. Come on!!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) November 19, 2013
Marcus Cannon's leg-whip was really, really bad. I don't think he thought that move could ever do such damage, but still bigtime cheap play.
— Patrick Sullivan (@PatrickSull) November 19, 2013
Johnson would later return, and apparently Cannon apologized after the game. I guess all is well in Patriot-land, right? Let’s dig deeper:
One just has to wonder how this type of play comes about. It seems like the Patriots’ coaching staff might be to blame. A little trick of the trade taught to the O-linemen to help protect their god-amongst-men signal-caller? A similar trick of the trade to the one used by Chris Jones in Week 7 against the Jets?
If I had to guess, I would say this: “The Patriot Way” instilled by Kraft and Belichick, means to win at all costs even if it’s weaseling around the written rulebook.
Lest we forget Spygate, which redefined cheating in the NFL. I personally believe it was the PRIMARY driver behind New England’s three Super Bowl wins. A team has a RIDICULOUS advantage when they’re able to see how their opponent is preparing, and what that opponent THINKS the team might run package-wise. I’m sorry, but a $500k fine and a lost draft pick was not enough, Goodell.
See: “In the face of congressional pressure over destroying evidence from the Spygate scandal, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended his actions Friday.”
It’s happened with Kraft off the field
It’s happened with Belichick off the field
“The Patriot Way” is to cheat. That’s it.
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