Miami's Cam Wake believes the NFL only cares about QB safety

This month's NFL topic – since they made the catch rule, the helmet rule is no longer a big deal and is needed by the fans some Rule to complain about is the punishment for gross presumption of the passerby.

The strongest words on the subject so far may have come from Miami Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake, who questioned why the NFL seemed only interested in protecting quarterbacks.

“My knees mean as much to my family as my ability to play and provide [Dolphins quarterback Ryan] “Tannehill’s does,” Wake told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I can’t understand why his are more important than mine.”

Wake told Jackson when it comes to player safety rules: “When it comes to player safety, everyone should be safe, not just certain players.” There are a few flaws in Wake's argument, but it will certainly resonate with defensive players, who are penalized more heavily and given small fines for doing their jobs.

Cameron Wake doesn't believe the NFL cares about the safety of all players

Wake's teammate William Hayes tore his ACL last week while trying to contort to avoid landing his full body weight on the Oakland Raiders' Derek Carr. Carr said he would have rather let Hayes fall on top of him than hurt his knee trying to avoid it. Many quarterbacks said the new emphasis on roughing up the passer had gone too far.

It makes sense why the NFL wants more protection for quarterbacks. His product suffers greatly when multiple backups play due to injuries. Just wait for the complaints when the CJ Beathard-led San Francisco 49ers play multiple primetime games later this season.

That doesn't mean defensive players have to like it.

“Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining. Just tell me you want to protect quarterbacks… It's silly to say we care about all the players,” Wake told the Miami Herald. “You don’t care about my safety.”

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) sacks Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) during a game last season.  (AP)

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) sacks Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) during a game last season. (AP)

A violent sport

The NFL, of course, has rules in place to protect non-quarterbacks. Remember the helmet rule that everyone complained about in August until we moved on to being rough on the passer this month? This was done to increase the safety of the defensive players. And especially the defensive players hated it.

Player safety rules are a constant battle. Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings is a receiver, but when he was taken out of the game Thursday night due to fears of a concussion, he yelled at the officials who took him out of the game. The NFL is either criticized for not caring about player safety or it is criticized for the rules it makes in the name of player safety. The league cannot win like this.

Wake understands how difficult it is to make football safer.

“It's a tough fight. The crowd likes the violence. You see big hits, the oohs and aahs. They like that,” Wake told Jackson. “How do you make a violent sport non-violent?”

It's one of the toughest questions facing the NFL. Their attempts to protect quarterbacks aren't necessarily noble and for player safety, but rather for the good of the product and TV ratings, but they've at least given everyone something to talk about.

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