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Tracy Porter fined, Isa Abdul-Quddus and Kenny Phillips aren’t

Leigh Torrence, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Tracy Porter AP

There were a couple of big hits on defenseless receivers during Monday night’s Saints slaughter of the Giants, but neither of them drew fines from the league office.

Tom Rock of Newsday reports that Saints defensive back Isa Abdul-Quddus and Giants safety Kenny Phillips were both given a free pass from the league office for their hits on Monday night. Abdul-Quddus’ hit was the subject of a lot of conversation because he appeared to be leading with his shoulder when he crushed Nicks to cause an incompletion. Many wondered what a defensive back is supposed to do when the alternative is letting a receiver catch a pass that hurts his team’s chances of winning. Jon Gruden railed against the flag for the hit in the ESPN booth, although replays showed that Abdul-Quddus’ helmet made contact with Nicks’ helmet.

Phillips laid out Saints tight end Jimmy Graham a short time later. His hit generated less conversation, but drew the same flag from the officials.

One player did get fined for an incident in the game, however. Saints corner Tracy Porter will fork over $7,500 for dragging Nicks down after the Giants receiver was well out of bounds following a catch. He was penalized during the game as well.

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23 Responses to “Tracy Porter fined, Isa Abdul-Quddus and Kenny Phillips aren’t”
  1. mdd913 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    If I were Tracy Porter, I would be knocking on Goodel’s door demanding a personal explanation on how that play was in any way fine-worthy.

  2. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    Is a beetle cute, yous?

  3. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 2, 2011 5:11 PM

    Clearly it’s late Friday afternoon on the east coast…

  4. rmorris78 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:15 PM

    Still not as bad as Lance Louis of the Bears being fined for his horse collar tackle. I can see the penalty, but a fine? Ridiculous

  5. trbowman says: Dec 2, 2011 5:16 PM

    NFL should follow the NHL’s route.

    Everytime there’s a suspension in the NHL director of player discipline Brendan Shanahan gives a short, concise explanation as to why the hit was illegal. And in other cases explains why a hit was legal.

    I’d go that route.

  6. mediasloppy says: Dec 2, 2011 5:31 PM

    The NFL wants to protect it’s image and fining someone right after the Suh media-blitz is PR. Afterall, it was on NFL Network so most people didn’t see it…

  7. tobiasjodter says: Dec 2, 2011 5:33 PM

    You are finally realizing that the current NFL regime in regard to illegal hits and fines is completely arbitrary?

    Sure took you a long time to notice. Steeler fans have been pointing it out since Day 1.

    The rules are unclear, vague and differently interpreted both with regard to penalties and fines.

  8. Soulman45 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:34 PM

    Frist to say
    They got Suh another said.
    Don’t won’t nobody else.

  9. gcsuk says: Dec 2, 2011 6:02 PM

    mdd913 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    If I were Tracy Porter, I would be knocking on Goodel’s door demanding a personal explanation on how that play was in any way fine-worthy.
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    Probably fined for his stupidity. Nicks was about 5 feet out of bounds when Porter started to drag him down. One of the more blatantly obvious late hits I’ve seen.

  10. cometkazie says: Dec 2, 2011 6:16 PM

    mdd913 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 5:10 PM
    If I were Tracy Porter, I would be knocking on Goodel’s door demanding a personal explanation on how that play was in any way fine-worthy.
    +=+=+=+

    When I did voluteer work at Public Radio, there was a maxim “The station manager is always right.”

    Same with the NFL commissioner.

  11. dkeyser says: Dec 2, 2011 6:27 PM

    There should be a fine for a ref who throws a flag on a play that doesnt deserve a flag. Why are the players the only ones getting hit in the checkbook? Refs can make dumb mistakes as well and should be held accountable, and get rid of that stupid point system they use. The one where only guys with enough points get to work the playoffs.

  12. mataug says: Dec 2, 2011 7:04 PM

    Over the past two seasons, I’ve been confused as hell about what is a legal hit and what is a legal catch.

  13. johntonioholmes says: Dec 2, 2011 7:19 PM

    Isa’s hit looked just like Ryan Clark’s hit. How could he not be fined too?

    See the confusion regarding the rules doesn’t stem from the players or the coaches; it’s clearly because the league has no idea what it’s doing.

  14. phonymcringring says: Dec 2, 2011 8:09 PM

    Abdul-Quddus should be fined if only for his lack of class after the hit. He’s hootin’ and hollerin’, doing backflips, everything but popping the champagne and makin’ it rain while Nicks is clearly hurt on the turf.

    Phillips, on the other hand, along with Rolle, shows immediate concern for Graham and forgoes the celebration. Some talented athletes hate to see another get hurt. Others would rather celebrate their penalties.

    A tale of two safeties.

  15. jackdiesel says: Dec 2, 2011 8:41 PM

    Phony, IAQ was celebrating because he made a huge pass break up on what was clearly a legal hit. Nicks might have been on the ground but he didn’t land akwardly or anything, just the wind knocked out of him. No reason for him to be concerned.

    Phillips hit was obviously helmet to helmet and Graham went down very awkwardly. Tons of reason for immediate concern. Had Graham been seriously hurt on a play Phillips knew he was in the wrong for he knew he’d catch hell for it.

  16. gcsuk says: Dec 2, 2011 9:41 PM

    jackdiesel says:
    Dec 2, 2011 8:41 PM
    Phony, IAQ was celebrating because he made a huge pass break up on what was clearly a legal hit. Nicks might have been on the ground but he didn’t land akwardly or anything, just the wind knocked out of him. No reason for him to be concerned.

    Phillips hit was obviously helmet to helmet and Graham went down very awkwardly. Tons of reason for immediate concern. Had Graham been seriously hurt on a play Phillips knew he was in the wrong for he knew he’d catch hell for it.
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    A Saints fan’s perspective. Giants fans looked at it the opposite way. Well after the Nicks hit, when Nicks was still down (and was being attended to by team physicians), IAQ and Porter were chest-bumping, even though they looked back CLEARLY to see that Nicks was still down.

    Not low class, just no class.

  17. mdd913 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:58 PM

    Probably fined for his stupidity. Nicks was about 5 feet out of bounds when Porter started to drag him down. One of the more blatantly obvious late hits I’ve seen.

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    Late, yes. Dumb, yes. Dirty? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

    Are we going to start fining for false starts, too?

  18. geauxmez says: Dec 2, 2011 10:51 PM

    The hit by Isa was like the 5th lame penalty this season that has kept apposing drives alive and resulted in points. I was at this game. there were SO many touchy calls, but us Saints fans ‘booing’ was phenomenal. I honestly couldnt even hear what the penalties were.

  19. geauxmez says: Dec 2, 2011 10:55 PM

    Isa’s hit looked just like Ryan Clark’s hit. How could he not be fined too?

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    Clark’s was helment to helment. Isa clearly lead with the shoulder.

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 2, 2011 11:00 PM

    I can’t believe they fined Porter for that. I mean it was a dumb play but fine worthy? Really? Really.

    As far as Isa’s hit and celebrating, he got up so fast and started celebrating he didn’t even know the receiver was hurt.

    I do wish the NFL would do some kind of Saturday morning special in the offseason where they clearly outline what players are suppose to do in the defensive secondary when a receiver is catching the ball.
    A: The defensive player should wait till the receiver catches the ball, then rip off his flag, making sure to never leave the ground and only use his ring and pinky fingers to grab the flag.

  21. skinsfaninnebraska says: Dec 3, 2011 1:08 AM

    @ geauxmez:

    “helment”? lol

  22. goawayeverybody says: Dec 3, 2011 3:47 AM

    Mama needs a new pair of shoes.

  23. easyeddie says: Dec 3, 2011 8:14 AM

    mdd913 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    If I were Tracy Porter, I would be knocking on Goodel’s door demanding a personal explanation on how that play was in any way fine-worthy.
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    Somehow, I don’t think that would help his cause in the future.

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