September 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm #21432
All agree that Yale decimated the Lehigh team last year with flagrant chop blocking. Taking out so many Lehigh players via cut blocking turned the game around and ruined Lehigh’s season.
1. Who on Yale’s staff taught and encouraged those tactics?
2. Was the Yale staff reprimanded?
3. How is a recurrence of this avoided in this year’s game? LU cannot lose several starters again as a result of chop/cut blocking by Yale.September 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm #21442
Let it go, we have several games before Yale!September 2, 2015 at 9:30 pm #21446
Yale also plays beforehand so the Lehigh staff can study film and see if Yale is continuing to CHOPBLOCK this year. It will be hard for them to match last year’s record of taking out 6 or 7 of their opponents starters in short order.September 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm #21447
LG is right . Lets beat CCSU on Friday.
Short answer tho is refs didn’t call Yale on it.No need for Yale to stop.This year at Goodman.September 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm #21450
Chop block illegal, cut block legal. You must differentiate between the two as a ref. My suggestion would be to do a better job of teaching players how to play the cut block. We may not like it but cutting is a tactic used by all teams in football Lehigh included. Didn’t see the game last year but if Yale employed blatant tactics to chop block and injure players that is awful, and the refs should be held accountable as well as Yale coaching staff. My guess is that Yale employed some nasty cut blocks but ones within the rules for the most part, part of the game like or not.September 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm #21451
As I said,cut blocking is legal but still dirty football at times. Normally used on inside DL to keep them off the LBs. Both our injured DL were NGs. The block is usually made by the OL head on the NG. Yale cut from the side with one of the OGs maximizing the risk of injury. Legal but dirty.
The chop blocking by Yale DL was rampant and uncalled.September 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm #21452
There seems to be a lack of clarity between what is and is not legal although, at the least, the Yale team was engaging in controversial play and was out to win at all costs.
Also, there were more than two Lehigh players injured during the game – as many as 6 or 7 and some for the season.
Lehigh was ahead by at least three touchdowns when the chop blocking started and this wiped out Lehigh’s timing and momentum. In 50 years of watching Lehigh football, I have never seen anything like this – with the game being continuously stopped due to injured Lehigh players who had to be helped off the field.
I do not think we should pretend this do not happen – for whatever reason – as that game was a major factor in our poor season and we cannot have a repeat this year.September 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm #21453
OK ,now can we concentratevon CCSU. Little doubt we will tevisit this topic the week before Yale.
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