WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Remember years ago when gritty, hard-hitting warriors still roved the football field, inflicting fear in the hearts of their opponents in the NFL?
With guys like Brian Dawkins and Sean Taylor roving across the middle, wide receivers had to think twice about catching the ball in a crossing pattern.
Brian Westbrook, the recipient of many of those bone-jarring hits, lamented the old days Thursday, as he conversed with his old NFC East rival Fred Smoot on 106.7 The Fan.
“I was talking to one of my guys, Ike Reese, the other day, and I was like ‘There were never any easy games,'” Westbrook said.
“We never played against an average backup quarterback, and the NFC East used to be a physical division, and it was the most physical division in football,” he said. “Nobody wanted to play us at all. And when you came and played against an NFC East team, you know you’re gonna be in for a fight all game long.”
“Now, things have changed,” Westbrook accurately said. “And I think some of the rules have changed it, but also the players. Their mindset is different. They don’t want to get hit. They don’t want to tackle. They don’t want to make those types of plays, and I think the rules have something to do with it, but all in all, the division seems a little soft.”
“You don’t have the guys that you fear,” he went on. “You don’t have Sean Taylor back there, God rest his soul, you don’t have Brian Dawkins back there in the secondary, you don’t have those types of guys that are just gonna knock your head off, and in turn, you don’t have to have those guys on offense that you have to worry about. And so now, things in the NFL in general have changed, and it’s really, the play level has definitely went down a little in my mind.”
This old-fashioned ‘my generation was better than your generation’ rant seemed odd, considering Westbrook just retired last year.
Plus he’s only 34.
Listen below if you’re into that type of thing.