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Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:27 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Jets safety Eric Smith did a pretty good job filling in for Jim Leonhard after Leonhard's season-ending injury. But it also ending him costing him, financially, as the safety was reportedly hit with a $10,000 fine for his hit on Emmanuel Sanders in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game.

That's according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, and it's not the first time Smith's been fined this season -- he got nailed $7,500 for crushing Wes Welker earlier in the year.

Smith also got nailed for a $50,000 fine against Anquan Boldin back in 2008 to the tune of $50,000, so this isn't his first run-in with the law, needless to say.

Given the warning the NFL handed out before the divisional playoff games, it's no surprise to see them hand out fines now, even if the amounts (like the $10,000 Julius Peppers was fined for his hit in the NFC Championship game) might seem a little low.

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Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

BDADDY360 - Thank you for your insight and wisdom.  Julius Peppers got fined for helmet to helmet, but if you watch the replay, Peppers turned his head (not leading with facemask) and hit Rodgers right square in the center of his pads and the top of Peppers helmet hit him in the chin.  Definitely not deliberate to maim or inflict injury, but it was considered helmet to helmet (actually it was helmet to chinstrap).  But, as you say, you can't change your tackle in the middle of it.  Had he left his feet and launched himself and speared Rodgers, then you have grounds to throw the flag and fine them.  Maybe the NFL will one day make a rule that when the QB is touched, it's a sack.  Or better yet, make a rule that the QB is not allowed to scramble out of the pocket (thus reducing possible injury) so he must wing the ball down the field or be down by contact.  If the NFL were to do this it would be the only rule change that has ever helped the defense. 





Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

I agree with bdaddy. Other rules that refs need to revisit:
-late hits going out of bounds. The rule still needs to exist, but in more recent years it is being called too frequently and too close to the sideline. If a DB has all his momentum going into a tackle and hits a RB who is less than a yard out of bounds, there should be no penalty. I've seen several games where the DB has tried to stop himself from hitting a guy going out of bounds only to be juked by the RB who stays in bounds.
- incomplete ruling after the receiver obviously catches the ball, goes down to the ground, the ball touches the ground, the ball may jiggle a bit but stays in the receivers hands, the ball never leaves the receivers possession, never falls onto the ground, and they call it incomplete- that is just wrong.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

But it also ending him costing him, financially, as the safety was reportedly hit with a $10,000 fine for his hit on in the second quarter of the AFC Championship game.
Please don't forget the above tidbit of wonderful grammar.  "Ending him costing him?"  Yeah, maybe Will Brinson and his editor need a course in proofreading.




Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Smith also got nailed for a $50,000 fine against  back in 2008 to the tune of $50,000, so this isn't his first run-in with the law, needless to say. 
In the dictionary under redundant, does it say "see redundant"?How about some proof reading...



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2011 9:05 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Not a shock.  This fine on Eric Smith is completely expected.  It is head to head (spearing) contact when the receiver does not have the ball. 

That being said, I don't agree with the overall rule of head to head contact.  There has always been a rule aginst spearing, which this instance is, plain and simple.  The problem with the rule for QBs and WRs is that the way in which the rule is implemented.  It is assumed automaticly the the defencive player "caused" the head to head contact.  The reality is, especially with QBs, that most of the time the offensive player "causes" the head to head contact.

If a defensive player is coming in at an angle to hit the QB or WR in the chest, and the offensive player ducks his head or tries to drop to the ground at the last second, he lowers his own head into the area the the defensive player was aiming for.  That means that the offensive player put himself in that dangerous position, not the defensive player trying to aim at his head.

The rule should be who "initiates" the contact.  If a defencive player jumps up or lunges up to hit the offensive player in the helmet, then it should be a penalty and fine.  If the offensive player ducks down or makes a last second move that puts his head in line with the defensive hit, then it is legal because the offensive player caused it.  You can't change your tackling angle once you have started it, so it should not be a defender's problem to pull off a hit if the offensive player put himself in a vonerable position.

A similar rule should go for below the knee hits on QBs.  If the difensive player lunges at his knees flag his.  If a offensive player is blocking or pushing a defender into the QB it is the offenses fault not the defensive player. 

At this point in the NFL ALL personal foul calls should be reviewable since they extend drives constantly, and effect the outcome of games at least a couple times on any given Sunday.




Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2011 8:01 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

I think it should be based on intent and track record what i hate more is guy missing tackles cuz they are going for the big hit WRAP up and drive through thats how it should be sometimes K.O blows are nice but when it fails chump RBs look like heros ex. Lynch on N.O. this year in the playoffs now hes deemed with the best run ever WRAP UP and DRIVE



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2011 7:30 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Sorry man, but he has already ruined the game. If not for you than for me. I am going to finish this season and gracefully bow out as an NFL spectator. I watched the game for the violence. Of course the dramatic passes and come-from-behind wins are all great fun, but I miss the big hits and rough n' tough defenses of yesteryear. The 1980's, in my opinion, was the peak of NFL games and when I watch them today, I yearn for what has been.

I'm not going to get into this past this post because I'm tired of nonsense and trivial arguments. The over protectiveness of the quarterback is awful. It started in 2004 with the reinterpretation of the illegal contact rule which was the start of everything. Suddenly, drives that would otherwise falter could now be extended. 3rd and 55? Illegal contact! 5r yard penelty and an automatic first down! Don't forget defensive holding. That has the same effect as well.

Then came the time you couldn't hit the QB at the legs. This caused one play where a defensive lineman, I think againt Vince Young, actually let go of him because he didn't understand the interpretation of the rule and he had one arm wraped behind one leg (similar to a wrestling takedown), thought that he was going to be penalized, released, and Vince Young was able to make a play.

Now, if you even graze a QB's helmet, it's 15 yards, an automatic first down and a league sanctioned fine.

This is not football. This is a bastardization of the game and I don't want to watch it anymore.

For my sake, I hope there is no football next year and they ease off the restrictions. I want hitting. I want nasty defenses disrupting everything that the NFL holds so near and dear. I want nastiness in the game. Dirt and grime, sludge and slime.

In addition, I want more games played in the elements. Mud football and snowball is great fun.

But this shit... this isn't worth my time. This is a game of picth and catch and whoever can throw and catch the ball better is the winner. Junk. Nonsense. Time to move on and one more game from now, I shall.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 6:54 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Goodell is going to ruin the game. 

You can't even lay a good hit on somebody anymore. You just get fined if you lay a hit on an offensive player the fans actually want to see. 

C'mon. We don't want to see a game where defensive players lay a bunch of girlie hits on the offensive players. Fans want to see defenseless receivers get speared into the ground and where Quarterbacks get trampled and decked. Goodell is going to ruin the game if he keeps handing out fines to players who actually play the game right.  



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:48 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Smith also got nailed for a $50,000 fine against back in 2008 to the tune of $50,000

Did someone call for the Department of Redundancy?



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2011 2:46 am
 

Eric Smith fined $10K for hit on Emmanuel Sanders

Smith also got nailed for a $50,000 fine against back in 2008 to the tune of $50,000


Did someone call the Department of Redundancy?


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