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Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: December 15, 2011 2:06 pm
"Man!! ... After while the NFL will be 2 hand touch," Taylor tweeted Wednesday. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

James Harrison and Colt McCoy were the storylines from last Thursday's Browns-Steelers game. The Steelers linebacker blasted the Browns quarterback; the former was eventually suspended while the latter was immediately concussed. But Harrison wasn't the only player to be fined in that game. Browns rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor is now $15,000 lighter in the wallet for his hit to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The penalty took place late in the first quarter with the Steelers leading the Browns, 7-3, and facing a 3rd and 9 from their own 11-yard line. Taylor drove Pittsburgh left guard Doug Legursky into the backfield and just as Roethlisberger released the ball, Taylor hit him in the helmet with his left arm.

Clearly, Taylor was trying to bat down the pass, and clearly, Taylor missed. The blow to Roethlisberger's head knocked him to the ground, and referee Ed Hochuli promptly flagged Taylor for roughing the passer.

"Really no question on that one," NFL Network color commentator Mike Mayock said at the time.

"That one might be a paycheck," play-by-play man Brad Nessler added.

And that's exactly what happened. According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot, Taylor, who will appeal, said he "only put [his] hands up," and that he "doesn't deserve [the] fine."

In general, we think that the NFL has embraced the "throw the flag first, ask questions later" enforcement strategy and it's led to some bad officiating. And the league's fining schedule appears to be written in pencil. But it's hard to argue that Taylor clubbing Roethlisberger in his head wasn't a) a personal foul and b) fine-worthy.

It's hard to argue that Taylor didn't deserve to be flagged and a fined.

This was the second time Taylor had been fined this season. He was docked $7,500 for a hit on Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne back in Week 3. On Wednesday, Taylor tweeted, "Man!! All these fines is crazy! After while the NFL will be 2 hand touch."

Colt McCoy sure wishes that was the case.

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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:15 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

Oh good grief, this call and fine is just as bad as the call against Harrison. Taylor shouldn't be fined for this. It's getting rediculous. Pretty soon runners and QBs will have little flags on their waists.

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:58 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

Harrison destroyed MCcoy! Taylor barely touched that rapist.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 3:11 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

The whole world tunes in to NFL games! However, they won't soon after this league is sissyfied at the rate they're going. These players get the BIG BUCKS to play, Let 'em play or let me! I'll sacrifice my health for them BIG BUCKS! What a shame, another thing I love in this world going down the drain!  SISSY!

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:46 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

The only reason they did this was because the NFL didnt want to look stupid for their fine they put on Harrison. They should come out and admit that they are targeting James Harrison instead of fining other players. We do not see Big Ben complaining like McCoy. This is contact football, not two-hand tap. Football is becoming a scam from Roger Goodell. The owners give the players money and then Goodell and company take it back for themselves after BS fines. Accidents happen in this sport. And aggresive play should be rewarded not punished.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:13 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

Yeah, Junkyard DAWG...I would say that brings it even in my book.  I posted a comment on the Harrison issue but it was in general to QB in pocket verses out of the pocket.  In my post, I did make reference to this play and I am glad that the league is trying to be consistent. 

My one point about this hit (and hopefully it does not come across as whining)...I heard a lot of comments about Harrison being a dirty player and Harrison clearly intended to hurt Colt...I even heard people referring to the pictures as evidence to their argument.  My question is to you and all those pointing to that evidence....So here it is....

Do you believe Taylor when he stated that it was not intentional to go for Ben's head (trying to bat the ball down)?

If you believe that comment, I have got to say that you are just as bad as any of the Steelers fans that say Harrison was not trying to put a major hit on Colt verses simply tackling.   Look at the pictures in the picture 2, the ball is out of Ben's hand and his arm is almost in a complete follow thru.  Taylor's arm is down at his waist.  Pictures 3 - 6 show the rest of his "follow thru" to his head.  If someone is trying to bat the ball down, you might want to actually get your arm up before the ball is well past you...oh and not swing for players head...  Most people trying to bat a ball down are putting their heads straight up or to the side, not swinging your arm like a club that just happens to hit someone in the head.  Browns fans can just accept the fact...Taylor is a dirty player.   2 fines in 14 weeks of play.  He has Harrison beat on average number of fines per game. 

For the record, I did not like either roughing the passer calls.  All defensive players are trying to hit a ball carrier (QB, RB or WR) as hard as they can.  Players want to make sure the offensive players know that they will be hit if they get the ball.     

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:13 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:45 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

Steeler Fan here; I don't agree with this fine....  He got penalized, that was enough.  I don't think his intent was to hurt Ben, but just to disrupt the pass.  GOD-HELL must go!!!! 

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:17 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

And, how many former Steelers or .... now write for the Post-Gazette ???   Collier was an "all-pro" where ???    At least Mary Kay has two eyes and two ears and one mouth and knows how to do the math !!!  Can't say the same for.....

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:08 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

The score was never 7-0 Steelers in the first quarter as stated in the article. Browns scored first with a field goal. 

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:01 pm

Browns Taylor fined $15K for hit on Big Ben

No offense.....  ..sure some will take offense....what is 'Mary Kay' doing commenting on the hit to Ben?  This is emblematic of what I am talking about.  What is her football experience???   ...playing touch in the back yard with her little brothers on Thanksgiving Day?  She has not right to comment.

Some of our traditions in this country need to stay sacred..not all things need to evolve, most NEED to stay the same just as they are..and women in football is one of them.  ..not all females now diving into the business are Susie K, Linda K, or Robin R...they have earned their stripes.    &nb
sp;   Not male chauvinist  have 2 teenage girls who are kick-a55 athletes in many sports, and I am indoctinating them both in the Steeler way..but I told my oldest early on when she asked about girls and football.....I told her girls do not play football and that is that.

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