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Pat Shurmur on QB sack rule: 'Anatomically, this is getting difficult'

Shurmur is trying to teach the Giants' defenders how to bring down quarterbacks within the rules.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur leaves the field after a loss to the Jaguars in at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 9. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Pat Shurmur thinks defensive players are running out of ways to legally sack a quarterback.

With new rules in place that protect the passer from even the most mundane hits, the Giants’ coach said on WFAN on Tuesday that there is a “checklist of stuff you can’t do” when attempting to make a sack.

“It’s almost like you can’t hit 'em with your head, you’re allowed to wrap 'em up but you can’t scoop 'em, and you can’t put your body weight on them,” Shurmur said. “Anatomically, this is getting difficult, right?”

The Giants have not been involved in any egregious interpretations of the rule the way, say, Clay Matthews of the Packers has, or the way flags were flying in Monday night’s game between the Steelers and Bucs. Shurmur is trying to teach the Giants' defenders how to bring down quarterbacks within the rules.

“I think what’s important is as you hit a quarterback there are elements to it now,” he said. “Plays are called the way they’re called and they go back to the league office and the plays are defended as good calls or bad calls and we get language to help clarify how it should be taught. That’s sort of the process I’m seeing here.”

And so how should they do it?

“What needs to happen is you have to have your head to the side, you have to wrap him up, and you almost have to roll him down,” Shurmur said. “But not too hard, I guess, either.”

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