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Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:10 pm

----I like Cortland Finnegan. But after closely watching what led to his fight with Andre Johnson Sunday, I think he was wrong. He put his hands into Johnson's helmet and hit him in the face. Johnson is one of the most mild-mannered players I've ever interviewed. I imagine it takes a lot to get him riled up. Finnegan did that -- and more. Finnegan is a self-made player who probably thinks he has to do anything and everything to get by, but he pushed too far on this one. Both players were fined $25,000, which is a little light. I think one or both should have been suspended. What if Johnson's punch caught Finnegan in a spot where it killed him? Then what? What if that was Terrell Owens beating on Finnegan? I bet there would have been a suspension. It was an ugly scene that warranted a suspension, maybe two.

---Why was Peyton Manning in at the end of Sunday night's disaster against the San Diego Chargers? That makes no sense. The game was decided. I heard Cris Collinsworth applauding the fact he was in the game. I think it was dumb. What if a player rolls on his knee? The Colts were down 19. They weren't coming back. I didn't like that move at all.
By the way, too much was made of his grimace while throwing just before he was getting hit. That's his face on almost all of his passes. Watch.

---Falcons coach Mike Smith was little more low-key following his team's victory over the Green Bay Packers Sunday. He had reason. Smith was battling a nasty virus that had him in severe pain in his sinus area. When I saw him after the game, he looked bad. I did shake his hand. If I get sick, I'm billing the Falcons for my prescriptions.

---I've been a critic of Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel in the past. But I have to give him his props now. He's playing well. Cassel has 22 touchdown passes and four interceptions. He has a passer rating 99.7, which is fifth best in the league. It's hard to argue with his results so far. It helps that he has Dwayne Bowe at receiver. Bowe had had 13 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-24 win at Seattle. Bowe is the third receiver since 1990 to have 13 catches, 170 receiving yards and three touchdown catches in a game. The others are Jerry Rice and Jimmy Smith. I saw Smith do it. That was truly special. It came against the Ravens defense that led Baltimore to the Super Bowl in 2000.

---If you're looking for a Pro Bowl right tackle, take a look at Atlanta's Tyson Clabo. He's playing good football. He's a smart player who knows all the tricks. He's also feisty and doesn't back down. He held Clay Matthews to three tackles and no sacks in Sunday's game. Clabo should get some Pro Bowl consideration.

---How does Chris Johnson get only seven carries for five yards with a rookie quarterback making his first start on the road? That is mystifying.

---Best wishes to Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger as he begins his fight against cancer. Heimerdinger is a tough coach. He will need to be. I watched my mother go through cancer treatments. It's brutal. Mike, here's hoping we see you back on the sidelines soon.


Category: NFL

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:08 pm

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What the hell are you idiots saying? Finnegan *doesn't throw a punch* and you think he should get a heavier punishment than the thug who punched him 4 times? I don't care who started it, I don't care what Finnegan's history is, I don't care how much Johnson apologized. Finnegan didn't throw a punch, Andre Johnson did, and I have never seen an actual punch thrown in an NFL game, much less 3, and much less with helmets off. Inexcusable on Johnson's part, and you all want to crucify Finnegan because of his history. You all are probably just haters getting stale on Finnegan because he shut youreceiver(s) down and has been to Pro Bowls despite being drafted in the seventh round. You all are IDIOTS.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:03 pm

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if they had fought in the hotel bar there would have been a multiple game suspension but a fight on the field gets a fine  less that leading  with the helmet ?

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:17 pm

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Correct the wrong message was sent... by not suspending Finnegan. The wrong message would also have been sent had AJ been suspended.

The league should not allow and needs to snuff out the tactics employed on Sunday and in the past by CF and it would have been a horrible result if his continued thuggery that has gone unchecked for a long time now was rewarded by the suspension of a player who did what the league would not.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:49 pm

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What if it killed him?

You're getting a little hyperbolic.  A single punch to kill a guy is about 1 in ten billion.  Simmer down Mr. Sensitive.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:45 pm

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Honestly why would need to make an example out of this when was the last time you ever remember their being a fist fight like this?  Its a first offense while the fine itself might be a little light,  theres no reason to suspend them for a little brawl that really only lasted 3 punches then it was over,  While this may not be the NHL,  where fighting is expected, whats wrong with a little fight now and then to get their teams more into the game and more importantly the crowd.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:52 am

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The NFL absolutely blew an opportunity to make an example of this incident. Both absolutely should have been suspended for 1 game, along with about a 50K fine for Finnegan. You are basically telling the players that if you lose control and fight on the field we will do nothing as long as you have a fairly clean history. If this was T.O. or Richard Seymour it would be a completely different outcome and that is total BS. Let's make these decisions based on what takes place on the field, and throw out who these people are or what their history may be. Fighting on the field is intolerable and should be handled with strict discourse.

I will also give major credit to what Cassel is doing in KC. As great as Bowe is, I think the credit should be laid on Jamaal Charles, Thomas Jones, and anybody who has been run blocking. This offense is becoming borderline scary with how these two backs have destroyed defenses. I would still like to see a bit more balance but very impressed with how these team has created an identity. Also, I know his season has been up and down but Tony Moeaki has great potential. Really liked the Chiefs grabbing him in the 3rd round.

Chris Johnson getting 7 touches is awesome. Jeff Fisher is clearly sending some kind of message to ownership. Maybe he just doesn't want to be there anymore. Oh yeah, way to go Randy Moss.. we really miss ya in New England.


Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:03 am

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I'm surprised that Cortland Finnegan was not fined a larger amount or suspended.  Besides the fact that he is notorious for being a dirty player (and he instigated this fight by giving a flag-able shot to AJs facemask at the line of scrimmage), CF has already been disciplined twice this year, and was told that if he faces further discpline, he may receive a substantially harsher penalty.  Andre Johnson deserves a bigger fine too (though not as big as CF).  $25,000 is essentially nothing for these guys, AJ makes 5.5 million and CF makes 2.7... we're talking about less than 1% of their entire salary.  

I'm sure AJs clean history played a part, as it should.  However, I think that there was a bit of politicing going on here.  AJ is Hou's big star, and he's about to play a big game thursday on the NFL network.  The NFL probably thought about the pros and cons of benching one of their big stars for a thursday game, and decided not to... and if the NFL was only going to slap AJ on the wrist, they basically had to slap CF on the wrist.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:13 am

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"but he got the best of Johnson and that's a win".  What the hell are you talking about?  Houston shut them out so no Cortland accomplished nothing including giving up the second touchdown of the game to AJ.

As far as the article, it's ridiculous to suggest AJ get's suspended for this.  Cortland is a punk and the entire league knows it.  In my opinion, the refs should not have allowed the extra activity to go on all game and build to the point it did.  This happens every year between Cortland and AJ because Cortland knows he can't stay with AJ so his only defense is to try to get AJ tossed from the game.

Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:18 pm

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as for the hater of manning yes he maybe all of those thing thats because he 's smart enough todo all those jobs. however to get real. never see brady leave a blow out  kinda reemeber the year he threw 50 tds he was tossing tds in games they were blowing people out by 30/40 points. lets not mentioned favre. all qbs never leave the game in that situation. i have a feeling your a vick fan kinda remember the over hyped man tossin and running around the ball while they were blowing out the skins. it is what it be . no star likes to sit when they can pad their stats. that the problem maybe when they go to the 18 games the coaching staff will give the back ups time to play, so they can be ready when and if a injury occurs, because i cant stand all the crying of playin 18 games, what happens if a stat got hurt in the 3rd preseason game. may the boys stop whinning and twitter and play ball

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:04 pm

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Heh...Mike Vick?  Really?

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