Davis On Browns/Steelers: "That Was A Street Fight"

There are fights, and then there are street fights; Thursday night was a street fight on an NFL field, Charles Davis says, and that is not OK

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November 15, 2019 - 2:43 pm
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Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely for hitting Mason Rudolph with a helmet Thursday. At the very least, Garrett will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

NFL on FOX analyst Charles Davis watched the fight unfold in real time and could not believe what he was seeing.

“Horror. Disappointment, to put it mildly,” Davis said on The DA Show, when asked what he felt watching it. “It played into the worst things that people would feel about guys playing in the league. You know sometimes what the vitriol can be about guys running around playing NFL football, and that played right into it. To watch guys who understand that these are the best doing it at the highest level they can do it – and that there actually is a code that you go by of I’m going to try to and take you out cleanly and effectively but not cross the line’ – that crossed the line. That crossed the line every which way you can cross a line. Absolutely destroyed the line.”

This certainly wasn’t the first physical altercation to occur on an NFL field, but it may have been the most severe. Garrett sacked Rudolph, who took exception to the hit. They got into a tussle, then others joined the fray. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey kicked Garrett and was suspended three games.

“This turned into a street fight,” Davis said. “(Pouncey), he was there protecting his quarterback. When someone swings a helmet at a helmet-less person on the field, in a lot of ways, we’re actually fortunate it didn’t escalate into a lot more.”

Garrett didn’t get a clean shot on Rudolph. If he had, there could have been “a bigger, deeper tragedy,” Davis says.

For those who want to criticize Rudolph for his role in the fracas, that’s fair.

“He’s culpable in that he was sacked late in the ball game,” Davis said. “I think it was questionable taking him to the ground at that spot. But football happens. To me, it was a football play. Mason took offense to how he went down and maybe how he was tackled, and then when he grabbed the face mask and protested – let me just go ahead and be facetious – we’ve never seen that before, right? We’ve never seen a quarterback squirm and struggle and think maybe he got hit wrong. We’ve never seen that. Oh, by the way, he threw four interceptions that night, his team’s getting beat – so there’s a little frustration there.

“Fights happen,” Davis continued. “That wasn’t a fight. That was street. And when you go street fight, there’s no rules. Here I am this middle-class kid from New Paltz, New York. I haven’t been in a street fight in my life. So it’s not like I’m coming off all hard here. That’s not who I am. But I do know that’s how it goes down – and that’s not how it’s supposed to go down on an NFL field.”