Titans’ Hayes can’t understand $15,000 fine for hitting Matt Ryan

NFL quarterbacks can be thankful today that the league office is vigorously protecting them, but defensive players like Titans defensive end William Hayes don’t like it.

Hayes was fined $15,000 for a hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, and he says he doesn’t get what he did wrong.

They hit me over the head with a mean fine,” Hayes told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “It was very surprising. They said it wasn’t a late hit, that I distributed too much body weight to the quarterback. I don’t understand. I hit him and I fell off to the side of him.”

NFL fines are designed to get players to change the way they hit, but Hayes says that won’t happen.

“I don’t really want to take an approach where I want to play softer,” he said, “because then there might be a case where the quarterback pump-fakes and I pull off instead of going after him. I want to get in contact with the league and get a better understanding of the rule.”

At the moment, Hayes is like a lot of defensive players in that he doesn’t understand the NFL’s decision-making on fines at all.

21 responses to “Titans’ Hayes can’t understand $15,000 fine for hitting Matt Ryan

  1. Hayes needs to understand that when he hits a QB. You need to alter the rules of physics so that you land 5 yards away from the QB.

    Duh!

  2. I like the notion of trying to protect the QB… but the reinforcement of the rule is getting out of hand. This is still football… everybody on the field has the potential of being hurt. How about they just put flags on the QB?

  3. One of these days, I don’t know when, a competing pro football league is going to stick for the simple reason that it allows their defenses to HIT. If the NFL keeps this up, they may hear a competing tagline like: “You can play in the NFL or you can play real football”

  4. It’s simple really, just approach the QB and politely ask him to get on the ground. Do not make eye contact with the QB as that too can be taken as a sign of aggression.

  5. The owners are petrified with fear that they are going to be sued by players with brain damage, so they hired a commish with apparent brain damage himself and he hands out random fines.

    But lets face it, football has “jumped the shark” as they say. It can’t get *more* popular than it is, therefore it is headed down. Nonsense like these fines are hastening the end. Nevermind that hardly any kids play organized football anymore. Just look at oline, any fat guy that can stand up can be a serviceable nfl lineman. There are a few great ones and bunch of dreck…the talent pool is beyond thin, its the beginning of the end, nfl. Thanks Roger.

  6. “It’s simple really, just approach the QB and politely ask him to get on the ground.”

    I seem to recall that method actually setting a sack record one time.

  7. macdaddyspeed says: Nov 24, 2011 8:24 AM

    One of these days, I don’t know when, a competing pro football league is going to stick for the simple reason that it allows their defenses to HIT. If the NFL keeps this up, they may hear a competing tagline like: “You can play in the NFL or you can play real football”

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    Yeah! And maybe Dave Duerson can be their spokesman.

    And Forrest Gregg their commissioner.

  8. This is getting ridiculouser and ridiculouser.

    I’m wondering if this is the leagues backdoor way of limiting the incomes of people they don’t think deserve to be paid as much as they are.

    This fine system is becoming a modern day company store.

  9. Roger has ruined a once great league. This stuff is really hard to watch. The young crowd will never understand what football was with Roger in charge. These rules and fines are crap. Roger, you are a POS and you need to go. I’ve been a fan for over 35 years, but with the direction of the league (that your leading), I’ll never go to another game. It’s crap now, thanks for ruining it.

  10. Harrison and Suh have unfairly been the out-front “whipping boys” of Roger Goodell’s crusade. It is now spreading very rapidly as Goodell seems to think that no lessons have been learned from the Harrison and Suh “examples”. The problem remains that EVERYONE is still totally confused concerning this issue. I put most of the blame on Roger Goodell’s shoulders with some of the blame attributed toward the lockout (no time to clarify this to each team and then to the players). It’s become a complete embarrassment. Just plain ridiculous.

  11. I used to err on the side of caution and agree with the league, but this is getting ridic. Maybe this is why the owners gave the players a higher %. The NFL is recouping it via fines.

  12. William can’t understand a $15,000 fine. But he’s pretty certain it is more than a hundred, and less than a million.

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