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The Lost Art of the Form Tackle

In the wake of Ryan Clark's latest "questionable" big hit, has the art of the form tackle been lost?

It seems more and more safetys and linebackers are trying to go for the shoulder/crown of the helmet big blow a la Ryan Clark or Taylor Mays.  Where are the hits that Poz or Ray Lew make by squaring up a Wideout or a Running Back coming through the hole?

I tried to get into a conversation with a friend of mine about it and just kept rambling on about its legal, its part of the game, you're still bitter about Welker getting lit up (I am a Pats fan and thought that hit was utter BS), etc...  Yet more people I talk to that aren't a bias homer seem to think that either the NCAA or NFL needs to start cracking down on the use of the crown of the helmet as first line to hit a player.  We saw Taylor Mays get 15 for the helmet to helmet hit he put on Norwood, yet Ryan Clark does something similar and it's "Legal?"  I don't remember Norwook being a defenseless receiver, he was in the process of making a catch (which should have been reviewed and called a catch). 

Thoughts...

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