But what if a guy is blocked into the QB? Is the 15-yard penalty assessed. Is it reviewable on instant replay if a coach disagrees with the ref's call?
The NFL shouldn't make it a penalty, because in the heat of the game you can't tell a defensive player to stop doing what he is doing.
I dont' have any problem with the "cheap shots" made on Vick. It's defenders being defenders. I wouldn't call them cheap shots. It's nothing more than a defender locking on target, and that's like asking a missile to miss after a fighter pilot has already squeezed the trigger.
Chad Lavalais cost the Eagles their season if not for his "dirty hit" on McNabb, leading with his helmet. Fact is, Lavalais only happened to miss McNabb's chin. If McNabb doesn't bust his sternum on that play, then the Eagles could be the team playing the Super Bowl this week.
What the NFL needs to do is up their fines. Their fines are pennies to these guys. The salary of the lowest paid guys in the NFL are about $13,500 a week. So when the league fines guys that are making 10, 20, and 50 times that $15,000 or $25,000 it's pennies.
The league needs to fine guys based off their salaries rather than a flat fee. They look at the tape and determine a hit is dirty, and they really want to get rid of it, then they fine him a month's salary. For Leigh Torrence it's about $50,000. For Keith Brooking it's $1 million. That way they'll actually feel it in their wallets and then actaully feel like there are some consequences for their actions.
Chad Lavalais was fined $7,500 for his dirty hit on McNabb this past year. To the average person that is 8 days worth of pay for the entire year. You'r e telling me that fining a guy that makes over $300,000 a year is going to really fret about a fine of 8 days worth of pay. That's like the equivalent of 2 speeding tickets for a minimum wage earner.
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