In a memo from executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent to all coaches and General Managers, the league has directed all teams to “refrain from making public comments regarding the condition of a concussed player or speculating as to when he may return to practice and play once in the concussion protocol.”
The memo also instructs teams to respond to inquiries about concussed players by saying “that the player is in the concussion protocol under the supervision of the medical team, and the club will monitor his status.”
Sounds like it's time to get ready for an uptick in league-wide coach-speak when it comes to concussions.
Kansas City's Smith says he understands Newton's point.
“He certainly has merit in that argument that I have seen in that they were blows to the head, helmet to helmet,” Smith says. “It's hard to say, I don't know that's similar across the league or if he's certainly at a disadvantage being so big. He's such a good runner that all of a sudden he's not getting the calls.
“I probably haven't studied enough on that. In terms of the hits I've seen in the pocket, he very well could have had a flag thrown.” […]
“Obviously players get held accountable for things that happen on game day. I think guys just want to see that across the board. They want referees included,” Smith adds. “Those guys out there, there needs to be some accountability on that. I think everyone wants to be treated the same. If some quarterbacks are getting afforded certain protection, that needs to be across the board, regardless of how big you are, how mobile you are. It needs to get called consistently.”