CBS – When the Eagles and Steelers squared off in Week 1 of preseason action, Byron Leftwich took a nasty shot (or shiver?) from Philly cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie that drew a well-deserved flag for a late hit. Literally the only person who thought the shot was OK was DRC himself, and now the league’s sided with the rest of us, fining the cornerback $21,000 for his hit on Leftwich. The NFL confirmed that fine, as first reported by Pro Football Talk. As Michael David Smith notes, the $21 grrrr is a five percent increase over what DRC would’ve gotten last year. That’s because the new CBA includes a provision to increase those fines five percent each year beginning in 2012. “The designated minimum fines will increase by 5 percent for the 2012 League Year, and each League Year thereafter during the term of this Agreement,” the CBA reads. But maybe a fine wasn’t enough? Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the fine is “not sitting well” with folks around the league, and “one prominent coach thought this would merit a suspension.”
Chris Mortsensen’s sources can join Peter King in calming the hell down and realizing it was only Byron Leftwich. Nobody would have missed him.
Peter King went full nutjob and suggested that the hit — which was led by his shoulder pad and connected with mostly shoulderpad — should cost him SIX FIGURES, a suspension, and was “one of the most egregious hits I’ve seen in the league”. People have gone crazy these days. It’s still football. If a QB rolls out of the pocket and is in dual-threat mode there’s not much time for a DB to react. Imagine if this were a player on the bubble. Either he can make that hit, accept the fine, and get applauded by his coaches or try to ease up, possibly not get his man down/disrupt his timing, and get cut for not showing enough “instinct”.
Obviously I want to make sure the marquee quarterbacks in this league are healthy for the whole year since my team’s QB is made of glass, but I don’t wanna wake up one day as a middle aged man and see all of Sunday’s scores looking like Arena Football. There’s gotta be a balance.
Should’ve been flagged, possibly could have done without the fine.