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League fines Mike Smith $15,000

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.

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39 Responses to “League fines Mike Smith $15,000”
  1. FantasyFootballGod says: Nov 12, 2009 12:06 PM

    I love Mike Smith’s fire…Arthur Blank should have no problem cutting that check for him…

  2. FantasyFootballGod says: Nov 12, 2009 12:08 PM

    Imagine if the same thing happened versus the Raiders…would Tom Cable smash Landry’s face in for the illegal hit or would he pray that it put JaMarcus out for a month…what a dilemma??

  3. cholly says: Nov 12, 2009 12:09 PM

    shouldn’t the ass coach that was holding on to deangelo not letting him get off their sidelines and making the situation worse get fined too?

  4. chapnasty says: Nov 12, 2009 12:15 PM

    @ cholly
    If you think someone was holding Deangelo in there, you either didnt watch the game or you are an idiot…

  5. Hovenaut says: Nov 12, 2009 12:16 PM

    Agree w/ the first comment – Falcon faithful have a coach who cares. Right or wrong aside, think Smith and his charges want to move forward and push to the playoffs.

  6. rusH1023 says: Nov 12, 2009 12:17 PM

    I was a Mike Smith fan when this whole Atlanta thing started over, but now, I just roll my eyes when I see him screaming/celebrating/fighting on the sidelines. Get a grip, Mike.

  7. Thor says: Nov 12, 2009 12:17 PM

    Where do I send my contribution for Smith?

  8. The Coop says: Nov 12, 2009 12:19 PM

    Go the other way? Spoken like someone who has never played or coached, Florio.
    Landry took a ridiculously cheap shot at Smith’s FRANCHISE QB, arguably the team’s MVP. And you want him to let some geriatric part-time refs “restore order” ?
    Read Smith’s lips – “That’s f-ing bullsh-t”
    And it was.
    If I was a Falcons fan, I’d be seriously pissed if he DIDN’T react that way.
    There is absolutely NO similarities between this and the Woody Hayes episode.

  9. HarrisonHits says: Nov 12, 2009 12:24 PM

    “shouldn’t the ass coach that was holding on to deangelo not letting him get off their sidelines and making the situation worse get fined too?”
    Um, that would be Mike Smith who is the person under discussion here.

  10. TheDPR says: Nov 12, 2009 12:27 PM

    I can’t believe you clowns who are taking up for Smith.
    A head coach is supposed to be a leader. Mike Smith set a bad example. He was justifiably fined.
    I’m not sure I get Landry’s fine. It wasn’t the worst or latest hit I’ve ever seen. It was worth the flag, but not necessarily a fine, IMO.

  11. HappyBunny says: Nov 12, 2009 12:28 PM

    Too bad they didn’t fine MeAngelo.
    1. Local DC newstation showed new footage that showed Landry had walked away and Hall was the one who started jawing with Falcon player.
    2. After his nonsensical rant on Sunday where he stated he would call his good VP friend in league office, it gives impression that he received favorable treatment.

  12. Facts Domino says: Nov 12, 2009 12:32 PM

    He should have busted Deangelo in Demouth.
    The best move the Falcons made was getting rid of that overrated piece of shit.
    They used to collect those from Va Tech. Doesn’t say much for Frank Beamer.

  13. boilermania says: Nov 12, 2009 12:34 PM

    As a Falcons fan, Mike Smith is exactly the type of coach I want on my sideline. He protects his players and will not back down when his guys are wronged.
    Maybe if Zorn had half the backbone as Smith and kept players like Me-angelo from doing stuff like this in the first place they may not be the shell of a team that they are.

  14. NFLMMAfan says: Nov 12, 2009 12:35 PM

    If Mike Smith had broken MeAngelo’s jaw and beat up his wife and children then by NFL standards he wouldn’t have been fined or disciplined in any way.
    Coach was defending his star QB after a cheap-a$$ hit by a punk who can’t tackle his Mother.
    The Commish blew this one. And the Tom Cable situation.

  15. bayrider says: Nov 12, 2009 12:37 PM

    @ chapnasty
    before you go claiming others are idiots, maybe you should rewatch the game, because it is clear to the naked eye that indeed a strenght coach was physically holding Hall on the sidelines…can’t argue the fact.

  16. Jeanna says: Nov 12, 2009 12:38 PM

    @cholly, the Falcons strength coach was also fined, but he was pushing DeAngelo’s whiny a$$ off the sideline, not holding him there.
    I would say more but @The Coop already said it better than I can. I love Smitty and how committed he is to this team–we need that.

  17. Drastik29 says: Nov 12, 2009 12:43 PM

    You Falcon fans are idiots. Mike Smith didn’t protect anyone. He came over after the fact and grabbed a player by the collar and started screaming in his face. No one from the Falcon’s team was in any danger or needed any protection. In fact, Landry and Ryan both acted like men and just got up and ran back to the huddles.
    Jeff Fish and Mike Smith are completely classless, heat of the moment or not. The fact that people defend these actions is completely insane. What if that was your son our there playing peewee or highschool football and the opposing coach grabs him up by the collar and starts screaming obscenities in his face?

  18. bofarr says: Nov 12, 2009 12:44 PM

    I usually agree with you Mikey but comparing this little dust up to Woody Hayes punching a college kid shows you have your head up your a priori assumption.
    Hall talked smack all week and surely started talking smack over on the sideline where he had no business being. Smith went over board in grabbing Hall’s whiny arse but it was no way similar in intent or severity to Hayes’ cheap shot on Charlie Bauman after making the game winning play.

  19. allforsunday says: Nov 12, 2009 12:52 PM

    Hey, give me the coach standing up for his guy but fined over the talented but whiny trouble-making D-back any day.
    MeAngelo’s riding on past glory and his mouth.

  20. Florio Jr's Bass Player says: Nov 12, 2009 1:05 PM

    So Hall goes over to the opposing teams sideline to instigate a fight then gets one and Mike Smith, Hayesworth and Landry get fines. What?!?!
    Does Hall have pictures of Goodell with a goat and a midget?
    That’s a bunch of crap and anyone who thinks otherwise is a buffoon.
    Landry should insist on D-Hall paying his fine for him. If Hall hadn’t come over there would’ve been no scuffle and thus no fines. Landry’s hit wasn’t dirty and he got out of the way.

  21. Florio Jr's Bass Player says: Nov 12, 2009 1:10 PM

    Remember folks, Hall had no business being on the sideline in the first place. He talked big smack then got embarrassed. So he went whining to the league.
    I’d call him a little girl, but I’d hate to insult little girls with the comparison.

  22. chapnasty says: Nov 12, 2009 1:13 PM

    @ bayrider
    Go ahead and send me that clip that you have because all the ones I’m seeing shows Hall running his mouth to 2 or 3 players and then the team takes an understandable offense to that on their sideline and reacts.

  23. purpleguy says: Nov 12, 2009 1:15 PM

    Come on, would you have ever seen any of the Hall of Fame coaches, or future Hall of Fame coaches acting like a testosterone-charged 18 year old on the sidelines like Smith? Not even close.

  24. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 12, 2009 1:18 PM

    “TheDPR says:
    November 12, 2009 12:27 PM
    I can’t believe you clowns who are taking up for Smith.
    A head coach is supposed to be a leader. Mike Smith set a bad example. He was justifiably fined.
    I’m not sure I get Landry’s fine. It wasn’t the worst or latest hit I’ve ever seen. It was worth the flag, but not necessarily a fine, IMO.”
    agreed 100%.

  25. bearsrule says: Nov 12, 2009 1:20 PM

    The team will pass the hat for Mike Smith. That $15,000 won’t cost him a thing and buys a ton of respect in the locker room. Once he stepped in, so did the entire team. They like him.

  26. Cardsfan81 says: Nov 12, 2009 1:31 PM

    Mike Smith is not a leader. He may become a good football coach someday but never great. He is lacking in maturity and he is arrogant. To tell the press he was protecting his players when he and his strenght & conditioning coach clearly escalated the situation is childish and just shows he is not self -deprecating.
    Authur Blank should be embarrassed by Smith’s behavior. Blank sure knows how to pick coaches. This guy is a poor representative of the Falcon franchise.

  27. The Coop says: Nov 12, 2009 1:35 PM

    @Drastik29
    “What if that was your son our there playing peewee or highschool football and the opposing coach grabs him up by the collar and starts screaming obscenities in his face?”
    ——————
    Oh really? Well, what if it was YOUR son out there playing and an opposing player CHEAP SHOTS him out of bounds in what can only be described as an intent to injur?
    I’m not a Falcons fan bro, but I AM a fan of people who’ve got their teammates’ backs.

  28. TheBeardedClam87 says: Nov 12, 2009 1:49 PM

    “Landry took a ridiculously cheap shot at Smith’s FRANCHISE QB, arguably the team’s MVP. And you want him to let some geriatric part-time refs “restore order” ?”
    Please the only thing ridiculous is your post. I won’t argue that it was a late hit but Landry is running full speed at Ryan and then goes airborn. Almost physically impossible to stop.
    In my opinion, no one should be fined. Its a game of high intensity and there will always be scuffles. Until someone goes Tommie Harris on a guy, don’t throw out trivial fines. Its a joke

  29. tian says: Nov 12, 2009 1:52 PM

    First up, the Falcons got a coach that they believe in now. Mike Smith will not have to put a dime for that fine. Either the team, the owner, or even the fans will put that money up.
    I watched and watched the melee and slowed it down, sped it up, etc. Mike Smith put his right hand on Hall’s shoulder and Hall pushed it off him. There were no other Redskins around for a while, and Hall was just on the Falcons bench talking smack and not leaving.
    So it was clearly Hall who instigated the whole thing. Landry made the late hit, bounced right up, and ran back on the field- passing Hall along the way.
    But after all is said and done, this fine is great for the Falcons locker room. And this is just another reason why the Redskins are so terrible. They have no discipline and they can’t get out of their own way. That’s why they only won two games… in the beginning of the season- against previously winless teams.
    And that’s why the Falcons will go to the playoffs again this year.

  30. ejmcga says: Nov 12, 2009 2:16 PM

    I like Mike Smith’s response to De Ass Jello Hall’s sideline provocations. That said, I also agree that he shouldn’t have put his hands on the idiot.
    What I don’t understand is why the guy that escalated the whole thing, De Ass Jello, wasn’t fined. He wasn’t in on the play but decided to go onto the opposing team’s sideline and provoke the whole incident.

  31. Great Smoky says: Nov 12, 2009 2:24 PM

    This was a minor dust-up between grown men and no one should have been fined or penalized. This is a ridiculous over-reaction.
    As for Smith, I strongly disagree with Mr. Florio: Smith’s actions do not require discipline, Smith’s actions constitute discipline. He was providing order that the officiating crew was hesitant or unable to provide themselves.
    This is a good illustration of why the NFL culture is rife with troublemakers. Head coaches and officiating crews are undermined when they police the playfield, and over time they are rendered ineffective. We’re not talking about a bench-clearing brawl or bloddy assault, we’re talking about a simple scuffle among (mostly) armored men.
    This treatment of Smith is likely a bargaining ploy for the CBA negotioations, and only serves to make head coaches more impotent, and allows more inmates to run the asylum. The NFL reaps what it sows with narrow thinking like this.

  32. Jeanna says: Nov 12, 2009 3:20 PM

    please, this isn’t Pee Wee or high school, this is the National Football League. Just because DeAngelo looked like a Pee Wee player missing tackles on Michael Turner does not make it a valid comparison.

  33. mikenjess143 says: Nov 12, 2009 3:36 PM

    This is the second time he has approached a player in the same manor. Its seems like a great thing that your head couch would stick up for his team undermost circumstances. On the other hand as soon as one player hits him in the mouth that player we’ll be suspended fined and be tosses to the dogs(media). Be careful coach one of those hot headed players is gonna make you look really bad on ESPN when the number one “jacked up” is you. a player that has to much emotion and adrenaline going during the game. if he cold clocks you, it will be on the best Damn sports shows top 50. Leave the play to the fellas who get paid to take the hits.
    Your face , wife and kids will all thank you for it..

  34. dcfan-1212450 says: Nov 12, 2009 3:54 PM

    @chapnasty
    Dude, really? Are you blind. A coach in a white shirt clearly is holding onto Deangelo Hall before Mike Smith even enters the picture. And clearly the NFL saw it that way to, since Hall was not fined. All you see him do is tell the coach to get the bleep off him. Then once that coach let go, Smith was there, mopping it up. For the first time i can remember, i clearly feel Hall did not start something and the Falcons bench is to blame here. Haynesworth coming in late and Landry’s hit all deserve the fines they got, and Smith getting the heaviest fine makes sense, since he and his staff made a late hit penalty into a near brawl.

  35. stairway27 says: Nov 12, 2009 4:09 PM

    # HarrisonHits says: November 12, 2009 12:24 PM
    “shouldn’t the ass coach that was holding on to deangelo not letting him get off their sidelines and making the situation worse get fined too?”
    Um, that would be Mike Smith who is the person under discussion here.
    *********************************************************
    Did you even see the video? He’s referring to the first coach that had a hold of Hall before Mike Smith came over. That coach actually had more of a role than Smith.

  36. JDeezy says: Nov 12, 2009 5:07 PM

    We love you Smitty!

  37. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Nov 12, 2009 8:35 PM

    Agree with JDeezy!

  38. JKAFLAGG says: Nov 12, 2009 9:03 PM

    Mr. Florio a few of the posters bring up a good point: have you ever been in a football field , or even on the sidelines of a football game ? Your comments seem to indicate you have not…..the level of violence and emotion on a football is supercharged beyond belief, and it doesn’t just ‘turn off’ at the sidelines……It’s a brutal game, and if a “coach ran the other way and let the zebras restore order”, they may as well keep right on running to the unemployment line.
    That said – I agree that Smith needs to tone it down a bit when the play comes his way…..Given the number of people who took this ridiculous incident seriously, Smith could be suspended for life the next time he so much as gives an opposing player a dirty look

  39. artbyshan says: Nov 13, 2009 12:50 PM

    I second Thor. Where do I send my contribution for Mike Smith? I love we have this guy for a coach. This is the kind of guy that you want to battle for. Meangelo should have been fined, but I guess there’s some type of victory for him looking like a pantie waist yet again. Thanks Meangelo. You let tons of people (That weren’t even watching the game, but viewed this on sports/news highlights) get a real look at what a wimp you are, and how cool Coach Smith is.

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