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Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:01 pm
 
Clark's collision with Dickson resulted in a $40,000 fine. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Tuesday there were reports that Ryan Clark and Ray Lewis could expect fines for their play in Sunday night's Ravens-Steelers game. Wednesday it became a reality; Clark was docked $40,000 and Lewis $20,000.

And not long after the fines were announced, Clark spoke frankly on the matter.

"Somebody else needs to step in ... not that I respected Roger [Goodell] before this ... but this is ridiculous," he said. "I'm not going to sit across from [the Commissioner] unless they handcuff me. which is probably the next step anyway."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette writes that Steelers head coach "was said to be furious when he learned about the fine from the league office today."

In a statement released by the team, Tomlin called the fine excessive.

"I am a proponent of player safety and the league's pursuit of improvement in this area," he said. "I, like the vast majority of people in this industry, witness daily the steep price that these young men pay to play this game on so many levels. Ryan has my full support if he chooses to appeal this in any way."

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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also supports Clark and thinks that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith should get involved.

"It's unfortunate," he said."You never want to see one of your guys get hit, especially for that much money. I went back and watched it. If you slow down and watch it, it's about as picture-perfect of a tackle you can make. His head was down right across the chest and the back of his helmet maybe grazed the wide receivers bottom of the face mask. Someone needs to stand up and do something -- like De Smith. He is our player guy, stand up and do something for our players."

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Fair point. Smith hasn't been seen since the lockout ended. Maybe that's why, when the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Mark Kaboly asked James Harrison Wednesday if De Smith should get involved his response was "Who's that?"

(We're pretty sure that was Harrison being sarcastic.)

But it's not just those in the Steelers organization that think Clark's punishment was exorbitant. Sports Illustrated's Peter King sent the following tweets Wednesday:

"Watched replay of Clark's hit on Dickson 20/25 times. Clark lowers head, aims for chest w/right shoulder. Clips Dickson facemask w/helmet. … This is not the kind of hit to generate a 40k fine. Clark DID hit helmet--but he clearly was aiming lower. Some fine? OK. 40? No way. … 'Fine Clark till he stops.; Stops what? Lowering his head and aiming for a guy's sternum? Bury a guy when he AIMS for head. Clark didn't."

As our colleague Will Brinson wrote earlier, the reason Clark is now out $40,000 wasn't the result of some blindfolded dart-throwing exercise down at league headquarters. It's because the NFL's fine schedule plainly states that the second offense for "Impermissible Use of the Helmet" will run you … $40,000.

The players are well aware of this. They're just apoplectic at the amount. Well, that and the arbitrary nature with with Goodell metes out punishments. Like, say, this.

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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Ronny Lott and Steve Atwater were head hunters.  If you think Ryan Clark compares to either of those guys you need to try youtube and get up to speed! 


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:33 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Ryan Clark is a head hunter who can't make a clean tackle without using his helmet as a missle. He does not try to tackle ball carries by any means other than using his helmet as a weapon. Clark and Troy Polamalu were head hunting for the entirety of the Ravens/Steelers game and they do so more often than not. The Steelers defense, especially DB's like Clark and Troy Polomalu could be flagged for 50-75% of their tackles in any given game. The NFL Films 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers highlight reel was a montage of helmet to helmet hits. I think Lebeau is coaching them to tackle that way or they have taken it upon themselves. Either way, they are the dirtiest defense in the NFL by a country mile. They get away with doing whatever they please so much, they complain like spoiled rotten brats when the officials actually enforce the rules. Get over yourselves, Pittsburgh Steelers.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

The game is tackle football, not bumper cars. No attempt to wrap up with his arms, deliberate helmet-too-helmet contact on a defenseless receiver is now a foul. Get over it, play by the rules, Steelers are a dirty team, everyone knows it



Did you even watch the play?  There was no deliberate helmet to helmet hit, there was no defenseless WR. 
Any helmet contact came because the ballcarrier lunged his shoulders/helmet downwards to brace for the incoming hit, and Clark still managed to shoulder tackle into the guys sternum.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

i hate the steelers and they are definitely a bunch of dirty, cheap-shot artists, but that ryan clark hit was a perfect hit. absolutely ridiculous that it was a penalty, let alone a fineable offense.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Im not sure how Goodell justifies this fine, he was aiming for the chest, he was not head hunting. The Steelers players are pissed with good reason, this fine is BS. Clark was obviously following the rules , he only grazed the guys facemask. Is that now against the rules too?



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:36 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

There is always soccer for the faint of heart.  




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:14 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

The game is tackle football, not bumper cars. No attempt to wrap up with his arms, deliberate helmet-too-helmet contact on a defenseless receiver is now a foul. Get over it, play by the rules, Steelers are a dirty team, everyone knows it. Coaches need to realize that delivering punishing blows is not the way to play the game anymore and teach their players how to execute a proper tackle.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:13 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

11:34) C.Palmer pass short left intended for L.Murphy INTERCEPTED by P.Oliver [T.LaBoy] at SD 5. P.Oliver ran ob at SD 12 for 7 yards (K.Boss). PENALTY on SD-V.Martin, Unnecessary Roughness, 6 yards, enforced at SD 12.

The above is another example of the officials not being able to apply any rules correctly. In the game last night, SD's receiver was interferred with on a fake punt, I know they were lined up in illegal formation, but how was that not pass interference?

Secondly, the play above had Carson Palmer with Ball in hand and as he get's hit it makes the pass go a little short and it is intercepted by the SD D. The guy who hit Palmer with the ball still in his hand was called for unnecessary roughness. No helmet to helmet contact.

GOODELL has screwed up the refs and the players and just needs to shutUP! Please get the NFLPA rep off his butt to do something. I think all players should sit out next week until this crap is stopped!!!



Since: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:59 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

The NFL has no consistency what so ever. The officiating, and fines just don't add up. The officiating in this game was piss poor. I watched this play over and over and could not figure out how he got flagged and a fine to boot? Come on man. Hell even Lewis shouldn't have been fined, this is football, and us fans deman to have football back, not 2-hand touch. The NFL is hell bent on making this a high scoring non-defensed event each game but they don't understand how boring that'll get to the fans. It'll be like watching pre-game warm ups with defenders just standing there as mere yard gnomes. But the greed is getting to the NFL's head, they think this is what is good for the game and is what everyone wants, well think again you're going to reap what you sow


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