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Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:01 pm
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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: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:58 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Having said that, let's keep in mind that this second victory was helped tremendously by shocking no call on Lewis' helmet to helmet on Ward and an unbelievable no call on the pass interference in the endzone.

Even Ravens' fans know Pittsburgh played better and deserved the game.


Lets also keep in mind that the first holding call on Torrey Smith that prevented a 76 yard touchdown was a bad call, or on the same drive when the ref blew the whistle on the goal line right before Rice went into the endzone was a horrible call.  Quit crying about the penalties, they go bith ways.   And NO Ravens fans arent admitting that Pitt outplayed Baltimore.  What world are you living in?



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:35 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

As a Raven's fan...nobody dislikes the Steelers more than I do.  However, that is a BS fine and the league should be ashamed of themselves. 




Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:21 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

No question Clark hit him right in the helmet but........ I would think it really hard not to occasionally have these types of hits. Afterall, isn't this why they wear helmets in the first place? Football is a violent game and I don't think this hit warrants any fine. Didn't look like he was hit hunting to me. It's impossible not to bang helmets in football but there is a clear distinction between using your helmet with the intent to harm someone and what is accidential (sp). This is beginning to be a problem with the game just as the situation with the QBs. These type of plays should be able to be reviewed.......... period.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:06 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

I'm just furious that the clark hit gor a penalty but the lewis hit did not.  That changed the game drastically.  If anything, they should both get a flag, but in my opinion - in slow motion - you clearly see Clark lower his head just before impact, to get it outa the way.  In the lewis hit, he literally leads with the top of his helmet - yet no flag.  These refs don't know what to call when because real time is too fast.  Clark most likely wouldn't have been fined if the WR had hung onto the ball because the hit - in real time - wouoldn't have seemed to violent.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:05 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

That was a horrible penalty and a horrible fine.  He didn't aim for the head nor lead with the helmet.  I would go as far as to say if someone should of been fined, it should of been Dickenson.  He dropped his shoulders and helmet down after Clark lowered for the tackle.  Of course, I don't think either should be fined but if a defensive player it going to get wacked for these then it's time that offensive players should be held accountable for their parts in these collisions.



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:18 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

All these rules are stupid. It seems like you can't hit anyone hard anymore (even if it's a legal hit) without a fine or a penalty. 



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 8:13 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Ravens fans need to take it down a notch.  You all need to remember that Pittsburgh owns your a**, and we will continue to own it until you bounce us from the playoffs a couple of times and win a Super Bowl.

I have to give them credit.  They swept the series, and that's fine.  They have a good team with a QB who is maturing.

Having said that, let's keep in mind that this second victory was helped tremendously by shocking no call on Lewis' helmet to helmet on Ward and an unbelievable no call on the pass interference in the endzone.

Even Ravens' fans know Pittsburgh played better and deserved the game.

I would be careful before getting too cocky and calling Pittsburgh old, slow, and weak.  They are still one of top 3 defenses in NFL.  And, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed aren't exactly spring chickens anymore.  When is the last time Ed Reed made a play anyway??

Bring on the playoff rematch!! 



Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:20 am
 

Tomlin said to be furious about NFL fine on Clark

Did you morons see his head bounce around after the hit? I do not know how Big Bonehead could say that he "grazed" his helmet. Typical Stealer tears after losing because they are old, slow and weak.


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