MIAMI (CBS4) – Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has faced his fair share of defenders wanting to knock his head off over the years. But, Lions defensive coordinator has joined the group threatening to go after Williams if he throws a crackback block on Sunday.
“All I can say to Ricky Williams — I want him to know this — if he hits one of our DBs in the back on a crack block, then I’m coming on the field,” Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press. “I mean, he’s had a couple of knockouts, but they’ve been nonlegal. I’ll just put it as that.”
Crackback blocks are common, especially on a kick or punt return, and are often violent collisions. They typically happen when a blocker goes against the general direction of the play and nails an unsuspecting defensive player from behind and/or below the waist.
According to the Free Press, “Williams has not had a crackback penalty called against him the past three seasons, although he was penalized for a chop block in 2008.’
Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said he has never gotten a complaint about Williams making crackback blocks.
Nevertheless, in a meaningless game for both teams, Cunningham is at least keeping some intrigue around the game. Both the Lions and Dolphins will use the remaining two games to evaluate the roster.
The Dolphins have a lot of questions to answer about their roster as they head into the 2011 offseason.