Ravens tight end Mark Andrews’ season came to an abrupt end on Thursday night when Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson delivered a hip-drop tackle, a legal but highly controversial maneuver in which a tackler lands with their body weight on the back of a ball carrier’s legs.
In the aftermath of the game, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor has come to Wilson’s defense against any criticism for the play. During his press conference announcing that Joe Burrow is out for the season, Taylor was about to leave when he returned to tell reporters he strongly disagrees with any criticism of Wilson.
“I do have one more thing I want to say, because one thing that’s frustrating was the narrative that’s been brought up about Logan Wilson,” Taylor said. “Logan is everything we want to be about, in the way he plays the game. He plays with a toughness and a physicality that is important to that position. It’s kind of been brought to my attention the narrative that’s out there right now, which I think is completely reckless. He plays the game the right way, and I think people have gotten ahead of themselves, labeling him a certain way, and it’s frustrating to see that because I know what he’s about and he plays the game the right way. It’s unfortunate when a player gets injured. But he’s a guy I’m very proud to coach, I’m proud to have as part of this team, but frustrating and a little bit maddening when you see the narrative that started running loose on him because that’s not the case at all.”
While some may argue that hip-drop tackles are dangerous and should be banned under NFL rules, others believe they are an essential part of football strategy. Whatever your stance on this issue may be, it is clear that Wilson played by all rules during last night’s game against Baltimore Ravens