Animated: Josh Gordon’s $20,000 block on Ed Reed

Just in case you needed your memory refreshed on the block that Josh Gordon threw on Ed Reed, here it is.


Ultimately, whether you like the rule or not Josh Gordon is going from the Baltimore 29 to the Baltimore 32 to make that block. By definition, that means he is going back toward his own goal line which is one of the characteristics of an illegal blindside block. Think of it this way. If it was a pass that hit the turf, would it be incomplete or a fumble?

Regardless, my one question is what the NFL would suggest is the appropriate play in this scenario. The answer to that question seems to be the most valuable piece of information missing. I’m sure Josh Gordon and his checkbook would like to know too.

[Related: NFL levies $20K fine on Browns’ WR Josh Gordon for hit on Ed Reed]

  • Someone needs to throw a flag for that errant mouse cursor on the field.

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  • I just wanted to make sure you could find the middle of the screen.

  • Abe Froman

    Ed Reed got blown up like Sgt. Hulka.

  • Palmetto Dawg

    If it was Hines Ward the national media would have given him MVP votes on the spot…

  • NoVA Buckeye

    Nothing but the NFL trying to protect an aging star on the most evil football team while trying to punish an Ohio team for doing nothing wrong… standard procedure.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I do think it was the right call within the rule, but I never liked this rule – as alluded to in the post, there’s no way to block there (though admittedly that’s not a great argument). My feel has always been that it’s like when you play growing up – if you’re not hitting the person from behind; below the waist or above the head; and they land on their rear or side, you’ve done exactly what you’re supposed to do in a way that shouldn’t injure anyone. Yes, Reed didn’t see it coming, but I don’t see what’s dangerous about that block. Gordon gets in front of him and basically stonewalls him, much like a basketball pick, and Reed lands right on his rear end. He doesn’t even seem to be looking for a call and he certainly isn’t hurt. The blocking on a punt return cutback is much more ‘blindside’ and dangerous – and in traffic, too, yet never called; yet this is, because it’s open field and easy to see and gets an “OOO” reaction, gets a flag. This rule should be examined, though I’m sure they’ll err on the side of caution again.

  • Kildawg

    Someone’s been watching Stripes…

  • Natedawg86

    I don’t know what you do in that situation. He waited until Reed squared his shouders and he blocked him on his front right number. He didn’t lead with his helmet. I just don’t know what you do as a blocker. That is a textbook block. If he is not allowed to block the guy, then it is a 4 yard loss. Take that play out of the playbook I guess.

  • Natedawg86

    Don’t they fine for flopping, oh wait thats the NBA.

  • bossman09

    Why of the great ironies of football is how “tough” defensive players are when they almost never have to worry about getting hit like this. I dream of plays like this where “tough” defenders get creamed so they can get a taste of their medicine. “It’s football!”. I hope Ray Lewis celebrates this hit and calls Reed a punk.

  • JK

    Mr Haslam needs to pick up the tab on that one.

  • DontbringLBJback

    Total BS. Perfectly clean block on the side… not in the back. Of course Josh is moving toward his own goal line… that’s where Ed Reed was. Is the NFL saying that Josh could not block Reed based on his location? Makes no sense. There’s no way Ray Lewis gets fined for this block.

  • doworkp

    It a great block and the NFL should take that away because there is no way to play the game if that is a penalty. Why should Gordon be punished because Reed did not know his surroundings? Was he not aware there was a 6’3 220lb wide out standing there before the snap?? Isnt that his job?? Stupid stupid stupid and F the NFL if this fine sticks. girls league and guess what Ed Reed would make that same hit 10 times dirtier if he had the chance. no doubt.

  • Keith

    Because Joe knows Malarkey…..