Tag:Ryan Fitzpatrick
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:55 am

'Tis the season for base salary increases

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Mac’s Football Blog has an interesting chart on its website today which tells of each of the NFL players whose performances in 2010 triggered, through their specific contracts, base salary increases for 2011 (assuming, of course, there is a 2011).

Some interesting players/salaries listed here. For instance:

- Falcons QB Matt Ryan gets a $1 million raise to $11.25 million, while Ravens QB Joe Flacco will increase his salary $1.7 million to $4.485 million. Did you realize that Ryan makes nearly three times as much as Flacco? I did not.

- Browns WR Joshua Cribbs will see his base salary increase to $957,000. Which is about three times less than Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will make ($3.195 million). Also, Cleveland CB Joe Haden, who will enter his second season, will earn about $2.55 million.

- Lions WR Calvin Johnson will lose about $1.5 million in base salary.
- Did you know that Dolphins tackle Jake Long will make $11.2 million next season? Did you know that OT Jason Smith (I believe he plays for the Rams) will earn $8.5 million next season?

- Finally, Buccaneers LB Geno Hayes ($1.04 million) will earn slightly more than franchise QB Josh Freeman ($940,000).

Are those figures cool with everyone? Because I think few of them are a little out of whack.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: January 2, 2011 11:48 am

Week 17 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Browns RB Peyton Hillis, Steelers S Troy Polamalu, Ravens TE Todd Heap

And those who are INACTIVE:

A whole mess of Jets starters, including CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, RB LaDainian Tomlinson and RB Shonn Greene.

A whole mess of Patriots starters, including LB Tully Banta-Cain, WR Deion Branch, TE Aaron Hernandez and WR Wes Welker.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: He missed three practice this week with a bad knee.

Dan Connolly, G, Patriots: Hasn't been seen since his amazing near-TD kickoff return with a head injury.

Chad Ochocinco, WR, Bengals: For a guy who might be playing his last game with Cincinnati, this is a quiet way to go out.

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Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:53 pm

Brohm likely to get the nod for Bills this Sunday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Originally, Chan Gailey said that Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the Bills’ starting quarterback in Week 17. But that was before he knew that Fitzpatrick would miss practice the entire week with a knee injury. Thus, Brian Brohm is slated to get his second career start for the Bills. Let’s hope it goes better than his first career start: a meaningless Week 16 game last year against the Falcons in which the Bills took half the game to cross midfield (seriously).

Brohm is an interesting story. At Louisville, he was at one point considered a first-round prospect. His reputation declined, though, and he wound up being taken by the Packers in Round Two of the 2008 draft.

The Packers, of course, already had their young quarterback of the future in Aaron Rodgers. Few people asked at the time why in the world they would select a quarterback in the second round. Sure enough, Brohm was never relevant there and got shipped out after one season. (This isn’t to say he didn’t get a chance; Matt Flynn, who was Green Bay’s seventh-round pick in ’08, beat him out for the No. 2 job.)

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:13 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:15 am

NFL needs consistency with illegal hits

H. Miller suffered a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Baltimore's J. McClain (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite the detailed instructions and the diagrams and the variety of explanations and the tutorials, many of us still don’t understand the newly-reinforced helmet-to-helmet and defenseless receiver rules.

Why are some hits called and not others? What about the helmet-to-chest hits on a quarterback who just threw the ball? Is he defenseless? Can the defender led with his facemask? With the crown of his helmet? What if it’s below the waist?

I suppose some people have a handle on the rules, but there are times when I’m not sure if anybody knows what the hell is supposed to be called. Like, um, the dudes wearing the stripes during tonight’s Ravens-Steelers game.

Last Sunday, I got into a discussion with a Steelers fan on Twitter about why James Harrison was penalized for his illegal hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

He claimed Harrison hit Fitzpatrick in the upper chest, and his helmet slid into Fitzpatrick’s chin. I countered that it was head-to-chin all the way.

He claimed there was a bias against the Steelers. I countered that the officials were giving Harrison more scrutiny – based on his reputation, why wouldn’t they? – but that ultimately Pittsburgh was treated the same as everybody else.

We went back and forth probably 10 or 12 times.

This week, owner Art Rooney II got into the act, saying he thought the NFL looked at the Steelers differently. I still vehemently disagree, even after tonight’s 13-10 Pittsburgh win against the Ravens when Roethlisberger was hit in the helmet twice with no flag thrown.

But what I’ll continue to question is why every game is called differently. And I believe this: if Harrison had destroyed the Ravens TE, instead of Baltimore’s Jameel McClain leveling Steelers TE Heath Miller on what was CLEARLY a helmet-to-helmet hit, Harrison would have been ejected, fined and suspended.

But with McClain, a yellow flag was not thrown. I’ll repeat that: when McClain gave us an absolute clinic on what is an illegal hit – there’s very little doubt this play will show up on the video that officials present to teams during next year’s training camps – and what should be penalized.

Instead, Miller crumpled to the turf in a frightening manner, and he later walked off the field with a concussion. And a 15-yard penalty was not called.

Minutes afterward, while the game was still in the third quarter, word began to leak out. NFL officials made sure to let everyone know that a penalty should have been called and that a mistake had been made. But the flag wasn’t thrown. And frankly, it wasn’t fair.

I understand the argument that players move at warp speed, and they can’t always control how they’re hitting an opponent. Mistakes happen. I get that. But the rule is the rule, and the penalties need to be enforced equally across the board.

I’m sure Harrison would agree.

“It was a hit that should have been penalized,” Harrison told NBC after the game. “Nine times out of 10, if you put me on that hit, a flag goes up and I’m fined.”

At the very least.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:14 pm

Harrison fined yet again ($25,000 edition)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Another week, another fine for Steelers LB James Harrison.

Despite saying after the game he didn’t expect to be penalized monetarily for his hit against a defenseless Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harrison had an incorrect opinion. Instead, as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette writes, the NFL fined Harrison $25,000 for his illegal hit last Sunday.

The NFL ruled Harrison’s helmet-to-chest hit was illegal because Fitzpatrick was in a defenseless position at the time.

For Harrison, it’s his fourth fine of the season, totaling $125,000.

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2010 3:46 pm

Report: Steelers' Harrison fined another $25K

Posted by Will Brinson

Sunday has come and gone and that means it's time for our weekly James Harrison fine! At least it feels like he gets a weekly hit anyway.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harrison was fined another $25,000 by the NFL for a hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick during the Bills-Steelers game.

Harrison's now totaled $125,000 in fines for the 2010 NFL season, and probably faces an uphill battle to have this fine rescinded, following the league's denial of his appeal for an earlier set of fines this week.

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:32 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 6:33 pm

NFL rejects James Harrison's fine appeals

Posted by Will Brinson

Since the NFL started asserting its authority on players who lay big hits on other players, James Harrison has racked up $96,000 in fines, with possibly more coming this week after a roughing the passer call against Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick.

His first instinct told him to retire, but eventually he appealed those fines. And now his appeal has been denied by the NFL.

That's according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who spoke to Harrison's agent Bill Parise, after the agent received an email from the NFL indicating the rejection.

"They did not reduce it," Parise said. "They said it was multiple occurrences and called it an egregious act -- that's a big word isn't it?"

The fines in question were the $75,000 fine for hitting Mohamed Massaquoi on October 17th (remember the week everyone freaked out and the NFL decided to cleanse the game of concussions?) and a Halloween hit on Drew Brees that cost him $20,000.

There's no real surprise here -- Harrison's style of play has drawn the financial ire of the league and because he's so often been mentioned on the list of players getting fined and/or flagged, it seemed unlikely he'd get any leniency here.

Although you have to imagine he's just thrilled to hear about the fines handed down to Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan for throwing punches with their helmets off after the whistle.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 7:47 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 8:09 pm

Harrison says he did nothing wrong

R. Fitzpatrick took a shot here from Pittsburgh's J. Harrison that could land Harrison another fine (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Today’s installment of James-Harrison-is-flagged-for-unnec
essary-roughness, the Steelers LB got the flag for smacking Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in the chin with the crown of his helmet.

For a guy who’s been fined $100,000 this year for infractions such as this, he really doesn’t seem to care about the rules that govern NFL football. Either that, or he doesn’t care about saving his money.

After the game, Harrison said he did nothing wrong.

"It's the same exact thing if you go back and look at the play from last week," he told reporters after the game. "I got the same flag (last week), but I didn't get a fine."

For his part, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t interested in discussing the topic.

“I don’t even want to talk about it,” he said.

Chances are, if Harrison hears from this league this week, he’ll be champing at the bit to discuss his feelings. And perhaps he’ll start thinking about retiring again.

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