Tag:Ernie Sims
Posted on: November 5, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 4:07 pm

An abundance of fines in NFL Friday

Posted by Andy Benoit

There were no major injuries from illegal hits last week, but that doesn’t make said hits any less illegal. Thus, James Harrison was not the only player who drew a fine after Week 8. Sorting through the various tweets that have been rolling out this Friday afternoon, here are other players who received a letter from the NFL, requesting (demanding) a charitable donation:

Jason Babin, DE, Titans $20,000 (hit on Philip Rivers; repeat offender)

Manny Lawson, LB, 49ers $12,500 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)

Ahmad Brooks, LB, 49ers $10,000 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)

Chris Clemons, DE, Seahawks $7,500 (unnecessary late hit on Jason Campbell; repeat offender)

Gary Guyton, LB, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre)

Myron Pryor, DL, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre – the chin shot)

Some of these hits were flagged, some weren’t. Obviously, the NFL didn’t feel any were as egregious as the one Ernie Sims ($50,000 fine) laid on Lavelle Hawkins in Week 7. But the point is becoming clearer and clearer: the NFL is serious about cleaning up the illegal hits.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:36 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 8:00 pm

Sims not going to take fine laying down

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you yesterday about Eagles LB Ernie Sims getting hit hard with a $50,000 fine for unnecessary roughness and hitting a defenseless receiver (in this case, Tennessee’s Lavelle Hawkins).

Today, he said the fine was … well … he said he didn’t like it and that he would definitely appeal the punishment.

Sims "I really, really hate the fact that I got fined $50,000. I don't care how much money you make, that's a ton of money," Sims said, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "For anyone to take it away from me for something I do on the field, I just think it’s crazy. But this is the league that I play in, I've got to respect that."

Sims also gave his version of how the play unfolded. He said he had his eyes on the quarterback, and then Sims turned his head and saw Hawkins. At that point, Sims thought he should “take out’ Hawkins.

Sims is also upset that the next big hit could mean a suspension. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to change his approach much.

"I’m going to try my hardest not to put my team in that situation, but at the same time I’m going to go and play football," he said.

For the record, Sims’ base pay this year is $1.8 million, and to compare: if you’re making $50,000 a year, the equalivant fine percentage-wise would be about $1,400. So yeah, it's somewhat significant.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 5:50 pm

The latest player fined $50,000 is...

Posted by Andy Benoit
E. Sims
There is another member of the NFL’s 50K Illegal Hits Club: Eagles outside linebacker Ernie Sims. Sims has been docked for a hit that occurred in Week 7 against the Titans. CBS’s Charley Casserly first reported that Sims’ hit did not draw a flag but that the NFL would meet about it this week.

NFL spokesman Jon Zimmer told Pro Football Talk that Sims was $50,000 for unnecessary roughness.  "Specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck his opponent, a defenseless receiver, in the head and neck area with his forearm," Zimmer said.

Sims’ fine is heftier because he is a repeat offender (he was flagged for unnecessary roughness in December ’08 and September ’09). Sims’ next illegal hit could get him suspended.

The Eagles probably aren’t thrilled, though those who have watched Sims on film the past two seasons are probably thinking in the back of their minds, “Hey, at least the former first-rounder is finally playing with aggression again.”

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 1:03 pm

League meeting to discuss disciplining Ernie Sims

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 7 of NFL action was all happy, shiny and not full of helmet-to-helmet hits -- the league praised all the players and everyone was full of hugs. Turns out though, it wasn't everyone -- CBS Sports' Charley Casserly noted on The NFL Today that Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims laid a filthy dirty hit against a defenseless Titans player on Sunday (film backs that up).

And Casserly says the league is meeting this week to discuss how to discipline Sims. Given that Brandon Meriweather, James Harrison and Dunta Robinson got tagged with $50,000-plus fines, it seems like a good bet that Sims will get nailed with a large fine and, quite likely, a suspension.

That's just our making a presumption of course, but it seems logical given the way in which the league cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits two weeks ago.

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:46 am

Week 4 Key Matchup: Sufficient skill for 'Skins?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Obviously on Sunday the focus in Philadelphia will be on Donovan McNabb. But what about the rest of the other 21 players on the field? The 1-2 Redskins are dangerously thin – emaciated, even – at the skill positions. Wideout Santana Moss can stretch the field. Fellow wideout Joey Galloway can stretch the field only theoretically. The 16th-year veteran has just three catches on the season.

You can’t count on Galloway or any of the backup wide receivers to provide much. Thus, one key for Washington will be finding ways to avoid a Moss-on-Asante Samuel matchup. Moss’ game is predicated on speed and quickness. Samuel’s off-ball style of coverage naturally neutralizes these elements.

Chris Cooley is often Washington’s X-factor. In this game, he’s a XX-factor. The Eagles struggled mightily last season in covering tight ends. Hence, the trade for speedy underneath outside linebacker Ernie Sims. By using Cooley in motion and aligning him in a variety of areas (the slot, backfield, etc.), Washington can force Sims – or, ideally, strong safety Quintin Mikell – to react presnap. This will make Philadelphia’s blitz schemes easier to diagnose.

A key factor will be whether rookie left tackle Trent Williams is healthy enough to block Trent Cole one-on-one (Williams was inactive in Week 3 but returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to play.) The Redskins would hate to have to keep Cooley in as an extra pass-blocker. In fact, they’d probably use Cooley as a de factor receiver and refer to second tight end Fred Davis for blocking duties. In that case, fullback Mike Sellers might off the field, which could dilute the play-action threat.

The Redskins must incorporate their run game to avoid getting into a shootout. Running will be tough given the issues at left guard (incumbent starter Derrick Dockery has fallen into a serious job competition with Kory Lichtensteiger). Philly’s Mike Patterson and Broderick Bunkley form one of the more vociferous defensive tackle tandems in the league. Plus, backup Trevor Laws is coming off one of his best games as a pro.

And let’s not forget, Clinton Portis is nearing the point where he’s only effective as a fourth quarter closer (assuming he’s still fresh in the fourth quarter). Plus, Portis’ bruising style won’t be as impactful against 258-pound middle linebacker Stewart Bradley. Ryan Torain is Washington’s best runner – especially in Mike Shanahan’s zone scheme. Don’t be surprised if Torain wears the hat on Sunday.

Ron Jaworski thought McNabb had perhaps the best game of his career against the Texans in Week 2. That still came in a losing effort. McNabb’s return trip to the City of Brotherly Love could be a reminder that talent is important, but equally as important is the talent around you.

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