KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the Kansas City Chiefs get ready for the upcoming season, their defense is preparing for strict rules on how and where they can hit an opposing player.
After practice on Wednesday, Defense coordinator Bob Sutton said the coaches go over what is a legal hit versus what is an illegal hit with their players constantly.
"We try to show them all the time. I think the players, overall across the league are trying to adjust and adapt the way the rules are being enforced," Sutton said.
This comes as many players are pushing for more protection from low hits after one hit ended the season for Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller.
Keller was hit by Houston Texan's safety D.J. Swearinger in a preseason game Saturday. Keller tore his ACL, MCL and PCL during the play. The NFL did not fine Swearinger for the hit. The safety even told reporters afterwards he hit Keller low to avoid a fine. He told them, if you hit an opponent high, it could cost you thousands of dollars.
Chicago Bear linebacker Jonathan Bostic knows that all too well. Wednesday the league fined Bostic $21,000 for his high hit during a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
As for the Chiefs, Sutton said it's up to his players to adjust within each game and to each officiating crew.
"It's really not important whether you agree or don't agree, this is how they are called," Sutton said. "One of the things we tell our players all the time is in any game some officials are going to be tighter than others."