Well, the league office has spoken.
Per FOX’s Jay Glazer, Falcons coach Mike Smith has been fined $15,000 for his role in first-half sideline skirmish during Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
Smith is the third person to be fined. Redskins safety LaRon Landry, whose late hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan triggered the melee, and Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who entered the fray later, have been fined. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who loudly complained after finding himself accosted by Smith and others on the sideline, was not fined.
The fines for Landry and Haynesworth had not been previously disclosed. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Landry was fined $5,000 and Haynesworth will pay $7,500. (In relation to his total contract, it’s the equivalent of the league picking the change out of the sofa that fell out of Haynesworth’s pocket while he had been sitting there, and then keeping half of it.)
Though Smith didn’t go quite as far as Woody Hayes 30 years ago, Smith’s behavior required some type of discipline. And we also think that the league should make it clear to coaches that, when a fight breaks out, they should go the other way and let the zebras restore order.