Usually, it’s the receivers or returners who are on the wrong end of a cheap shot. Danny Amendola turned the tables on the Kansas City Chiefs with a completely viscous, dirty, shot.
Definitely unnecessary hit by Amendola pic.twitter.com/vSEtnTwxrP
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 16, 2016
It was penalized but as Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller said, a penalty from that part of the field isn’t exactly a big yardage one. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders had a more specific idea.
Penalizing Amendola half the distance is pointless. That's like two yards. He honestly should be ejected. WTF was that?
— Aaron Schatz ? (@FO_ASchatz) January 16, 2016
It’s really hard to argue with that, and it really exposes a weakness in some of the NFL’s penalties. Penalties on the offense at that part of the field have little to no effect on the team, the same is true for the defense on the other side of the field.
Regardless of that, a receiver should know better than anyone how dangerous that play is. That’s a dirty play from Amendola and a two-yard penalty isn’t equitable.