In Roger Goodell’s continuing efforts to turn the NFL into the CFL it was announced today that Richard Seymour was fined $15,000 for two penalties during Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Yet another move made to marginalize defense while protecting offensive players.
The two plays in questioned occurred on New England’s first drive of the game.
Seymour continued to tackle NFL messiah Tom Brady after the whistle was blown causing a roughing penalty to be called. Now it should be noted that the Pats were also called for a delay of game penalty thus negating the play all together. Seymour argued that he couldn’t hear the whistle as the Pats were buried deep in their own territory close to the Black Hole.
Some will say Seymour “slammed” Brady to the ground. Those of us that have played or understand the game would actually call it a “tackle”. Seymour stands 6’6”, weighs over 300 pounds and has a mean streak longer than DiMaggio’s hit streak. Trust me. If he slammed Brady then the golden boy would not even have recognized his super model wife in a lingerie ad.
For that first misgiving Seymour was fined $7,500
But that is somewhat debatable being that the play was considered reckless after the play was blown dead.
What is highly debatable is the reasoning behind tacking on another $7,500 for Seymour’s facemask penalty against BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Now that warranted a flag. No debate there. But what point is the league making in handing out a fine for the mistake?
Where will the line be drawn? Are they going to start asking for money whenever a defensive end commits a neutral zone infraction? How about fining DBs for PIs?
We all know what is really going on here.
Sure, Seymour has a bit of a reputation what with slapping Ben Roethlisberger and all. Though I argue Seymour was just doing to Big Ben what the commissioner wishes he could. But that’s not the point.
What’s really going on is the league is trying to increase scoring. Every year defensive players are given more and more restrictions while the offense continues to be given more and more liberties. Case in point – why is it illegal for a defender to lead with his head but not a running back?
For Seymour and his phat check this is nothing more than one less trip to the bar during a bye week. He’s not going to change his game and why should he? Unless Seymour is dropping Brady on his head or trying to twist Green-Ellis’ head like the cap on a Gatorade bottle then what is point of levying fines?