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Ryan Clark’s comments draw the attention of the league office

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Earlier this week, Steelers safety Ryan Clark said that the hit on Ravens tight end Ed Dickson that drew a $40,000 fine drew praise from coach Mike Tomlin in the film room.

Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Clark’s comments caught the attention of the league office.  As they should have.  Coaches continue to be the link between the players and the league office, and with players constantly carping about the league office, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that coaches either are failing to tell the players what they need to hear, or they are deliberately fomenting anger and frustration in order to ensure that the players are appropriately aggressive.

Regardless, there are no specific procedures in place to hold coaches accountable.  Teams can be fined along with players who are fined, but there’s no mechanism for fining coaches.

Yet.

At some point, there needs to be a procedure for ensuring that coaches are properly respecting the league office’s rules.  Based on Clark’s admission from Wednesday, it appears that at least one of them isn’t.

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13 Responses to “Ryan Clark’s comments draw the attention of the league office”
  1. plum13sec says: Nov 13, 2011 1:04 PM

    its a stupid rule

  2. folkcrusader says: Nov 13, 2011 1:10 PM

    A Steelers leader thinking they are above the rules? No way.

  3. kokoskmr says: Nov 13, 2011 1:14 PM

    Clark leads with his head on EVERY play! He does not even know how to wrap up and tackle. Take helmet first hits away from him and he’s useless. His legacy will be to have died too young with a concussed brain. I hope he learns to play football soon. For his sake.

  4. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Nov 13, 2011 1:26 PM

    Or maybe the league office should make sure the rules of the game actually let defensive players play the game of football instead. The new rules are stupid. This is football. The fines need to go.

  5. mikeheruki says: Nov 13, 2011 1:36 PM

    Screw the office!!

  6. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 13, 2011 1:44 PM

    Make Clark play a series without a helmet. It won’t stop him from leading with his head, but it WILL end his career.

  7. ErikW65 says: Nov 13, 2011 1:53 PM

    Regardless of what you think about the new rules, as long as the Owners and Coaches aren’t the ones paying the fines, the teams have no incentive to effectively communicate the rules and train the players to obey them. So Goodell hasn’t really set up these rule changes to even succeed on paper, never mind getting the consistent application of them right…

  8. robdolphins says: Nov 13, 2011 2:09 PM

    Leads with head which causes him to use his big mouth to hand up his coach

  9. jja80 says: Nov 13, 2011 2:34 PM

    And the refs miss a clear helmet to helmet hit on Heath. Way to b consistent NFL

  10. realfann says: Nov 13, 2011 3:07 PM

    No.

    The link between the players and the league office is the referees.

    The problem is that the referees do not consistently enforce the league office rules.

    They flag plays that are not fined. And players are fined for plays that are not flagged.

    THAT is the problem.

  11. jjsteelerfan says: Nov 13, 2011 3:29 PM

    I am so frustrated by the new sissy NFL making Goodell commissioner was a big mistake. The NFL is fixed like basketball was. Because of what steeler players say the refs flag them more than any other team!!!! Check the stats. I am going to stop watching football and stop spending money on anything nfl related.

  12. Deb says: Nov 13, 2011 4:57 PM

    Too bad he didn’t just post them here. They would have been censored and the NFL never would have known the difference. Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that you’re urging the NFL to punish people for what they say.

  13. ballsohardu says: Nov 14, 2011 8:20 AM

    Steelers are wack

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