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Lions’ Burleson fined $7,500, promises no more “bonehead mistakes”

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No team has taken more heat for stupid penalties than the Lions, and receiver Nate Burleson says it’s going to stop now.

Burleson was fined $7,500 for facemasking against the Saints, and he also drew three flags for offensive pass interference. But he said Wednesday that the Lions are done beating themselves.

A zero-tolerance policy has been instilled, and we gotta abide by that,” Burleson said. “I don’t think you’ll see too many more bonehead mistakes.”

Burleson said he doesn’t think the Lions have changed much during the season, but he does think that just as the Lions may have been getting too much credit when they started 5-0, people are now overly emphasizing the negative when it comes to the Lions.

“But the things we’re doing now, we did early in the season, if you look at the film,” Burleson said. “People were calling us the new bad boys, but the microscope wasn’t as big. Now, not only do the refs know we like to play through the whistle, that we don’t take no crap, but other teams are probably saying, ‘Hey, if you pick at these guys, they’ll end up doing something stupid.'”

What the Lions can control is not doing anything stupid. At least, they should be able to control that. If they can’t, December is going to be a disappointing month in Detroit.

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35 Responses to “Lions’ Burleson fined $7,500, promises no more “bonehead mistakes””
  1. tjacks7 says: Dec 8, 2011 12:06 PM

    You wouldn’t be penalized so much if you played TO the whistle. But playing THROUGH and BEYOND the whistle is just stupid and unnecessary.

  2. jeffchadwick says: Dec 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    Someone explain how Burleson is fined $7500 for a facemask and Trent Cole is fined the same amount for ending a guy’s season. The lack of consistency in NFL fines is mind boggling.

  3. camjon32 says: Dec 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    MDS seems to spend a lot of time writing on the Lions…
    Where was this coverage when we sucked???

  4. nesportsfan0428 says: Dec 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    This is still a young team that just needs some discipline, that will come as the season(s) go on.

    It’s frustrating to lose, and more frustrating when you lose because your team can’t stop drawing 15 yrd penalties. It’ll reach a tipping point where they will crack down on themselves. Detroit is getting to that tipping point.

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 8, 2011 12:14 PM

    At least he acknowledges his mistakes, that’s where it all starts.

  6. toegoat says: Dec 8, 2011 12:16 PM

    Wes Welker is Flabbergasted!

  7. glunsty says: Dec 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    Are you kidding me? Unreal. That type of facemask penalty happens 2 or 3 times in every game. How do you get fined for that?

  8. mazenblue says: Dec 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    3 offense PI’s. C’mon Burleson, youre supposed to be a vet. Penalties killed 99 percent of our big plays. Good job adding to these selfish punks that are showing their faces late in the season. Not like this is Detroit’s first playoff run they had since Barry. Barry probably vomited over the last few weeks of Lion’s football. Turn this around a get the respect back that we had at the beginning of the season!

  9. thekiy says: Dec 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    Well at least two of the three OPIs were total BS. I’m not surprised he was a little pissed off.

  10. rwmilli says: Dec 8, 2011 12:27 PM

    Because you don’t base the fine off of injury…it’s not Trent Coles fault he ended the guys season, you fine for the hit which could potentially not have even hurt the guy, yet still Cole would have received the fine, if Cole was intentionally trying to end his season with a sue like stomp you might have a valid point

  11. thejuddstir says: Dec 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it Burleson……a zebra doesn’t change it’s stripes overnight. The simple fact that the “chippiness” was not just from the Lions defense is evidence enough that the dirty play has been instilled in all phases of the team and with an enabler and promoter like Jim Schwartz as HC, it isn’t going to change. I suspect this “declaration of zero tolerance” is in hope that the league and the officials will not keep the Lions under the microscope. At least for one week we can see if the dirty playing ceases becuz after that Suh-sie returns.

  12. cmstrick says: Dec 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    Zero Tolerance? Good luck with that. A lion can’t change his stripes.

    Or… something like that.

  13. 3ghostninja says: Dec 8, 2011 12:48 PM

    Unclear about what exactly the fine is for. . . The Offensive pass interference calls were mostly bogus because they’re based on the kind of thing that happens on every single play. One of them was good.

    If it’s for the facemask, my only question is: What happened to the incidental facemask? Is that never called anymore? Did I miss a rule change somewhere?

    Looks like the Lions just need to start diving and trying to draw calls. It works for the NHL.

  14. vickspuppy says: Dec 8, 2011 12:55 PM

    “Where was this coverage when we sucked???”

    News Flash – Your team is 2-5 lately. Once again, they suck!

  15. lacharger2112 says: Dec 8, 2011 1:06 PM

    f it’s for the facemask, my only question is: What happened to the incidental facemask? Is that never called anymore? Did I miss a rule change somewhere?
    Yes you did!

  16. sws222 says: Dec 8, 2011 1:08 PM

    Great… if he’d promise to hang on to the ball once in a while………

  17. flipadelphia says: Dec 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    rwmilli says:
    Dec 8, 2011 12:27 PM
    Because you don’t base the fine off of injury…it’s not Trent Coles fault he ended the guys season, you fine for the hit which could potentially not have even hurt the guy, yet still Cole would have received the fine, if Cole was intentionally trying to end his season with a sue like stomp you might have a valid point

    False. Are you kidding me? have you seen the play? It looked as though Cole used a martial arts move to hip throw Okung. That is a non football move and ended Okungs season. We have Suh pushing Cutler last year and getting fined a ton of money for what they called “a non football move”.

    Something tells me if Suh would have hip thrown any player from any team then everyone on here would be chomping at the bit to have him suspended for a year…..sad thing is the NFL probably would.

  18. Soulman45 says: Dec 8, 2011 1:13 PM

    Is coming home to make the playoff and win the SUPER BOWL their heads are now on straight a
    little self policing can go a long way.

  19. kaveech says: Dec 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    I definitely agree that Detroit is getting a lot of BS calls. Not blaming the refs, just a matter of fact. How many times has O-pass interference been called on any one receiver? 3 Times, really ref? It’s clear that they’re trying to make an example by punishing the Lions but whatever, they don’t suck, they’re 7-5 and have a feasible schedule for the playoffs. Atlanta is a lock for one wildcard, and I think Detroit can hold off the Giants. Without Cutler and Forte the Bears are garbage, I mean losing to the Chiefs at home?

    So Detroit needs 3 wins and they’re in for sure, while 2 just might it, but if Cal and Staff are healthy they’re in.

  20. toegoat says: Dec 8, 2011 1:23 PM

    Actually there was a rule change regarding incidental face mask. There is no such thing now, that is why EVERYTIME there is face mask called it is a 15yd penalty. They changed this rule like 4 yrs ago if I’m not mistaken.

  21. rmc1995 says: Dec 8, 2011 1:45 PM

    Playing through the whistle is fine. It isn’t being cheap, but playing with a motor. As far as beyond the whistle, do you know how many games the Lions have had penalties beyond the whistle this season? Three. You’d think it was 12 with all of these lazy knee jerk stories and comments. I know the Packers have at least two games with penalties after the whistle, and the same with the Ravens. If I were not so lazy myself I could probably find more, but that one game difference with a penalty after the whistle hardly makes the lions so much more unhinged than other teams.

  22. 3ghostninja says: Dec 8, 2011 1:57 PM

    It’s been that long, huh?

    I was wondering why I never saw them.

    So next question: why is the ball carrier still allowed to stiff arm on the facemask? It’s too easy for that to be mistaken for an actual facemask. If the defender is a good actor, he’d get the call every time.

  23. ike1973 says: Dec 8, 2011 2:14 PM

    If the Lions win on Sunday all will be forgiven.

  24. kaveech says: Dec 8, 2011 2:14 PM

    Dear Vickspuppy,

    Sorry your dream team is absolutely terrible. I think the Colts would beat you if they had a chance. No LB’s, No QB’s, and while I love McCoy, your WR’s are softer than Chad Pennington and Greg Oden put together.

    Defense is trash, total trash, way to give up 30 some points, which could’ve been worse, to Seattle? C’mon just cause you go 2-5 in a 7 game span doesn’t mean you suck. Green Bay went 1-3 in a 4 game span last year, which is a worse percentage, and they ended up doing pretty well. The point is that it’s a 16 game season, you can’t pick one streak, unless it’s over 8 games, and base a teams success and failures.

    But I’m sure if Detroit makes the playoffs you’ll still say they suck and they just got really lucky. Dream Team huh Eagles, I guess since they suck in reality.

  25. eddiegaedel says: Dec 8, 2011 2:24 PM

    I hate it when they use terms like “Zero Tolerance Policy”— That is so much crap. Schwartz wants this way, he’s enabled it all year.

    Stay tuned, these ‘not-ready-for-primetime’ players will screw up again as they fall out of the playoff race.

  26. joebagel says: Dec 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Did EVERY facemask call last weekend result in a fine?

    That facemask didn’t appear to be violent. So, is EVERY penalty a Lions player makes now a fina-able offense?

    It is actions like this and the ridiculous unbalanced calls that make you question whether or not there IS an agenda against the Detroit Lions!

    I can not believe this crap…..

  27. rmc1995 says: Dec 8, 2011 3:07 PM

    A defender is allowed to tackle a runner by the helmet including the face mask as long as the palm is open and used to push not throw. The face mask can’t be grabbed and jerked. The same rule applies to stiff arms.

  28. madisonave99 says: Dec 8, 2011 3:21 PM

    The Lions are a perfect example of an age-old NFL addage–Lack of discipline will eventually always override talent. The Lions have a complete lack of discipline and it starts with the meathead HC Schwartz. The Lions imploding is comical to watch, and i’m not even a fan of an NFC North team

  29. judsonjr says: Dec 8, 2011 3:45 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, but I saw this play and don’t really understand the fine.

    Also the OPIs were kinda iffy in my opinion. I’m guessing that it must be a “point of emphasis” this season because there have been a lot of ticky tack ones called. It’s like if the receiver extends his arms at all they call it, even if he doesn’t actually gain separation because of it.

  30. michiganhockey11 says: Dec 8, 2011 4:59 PM

    Wait a second. Since when is the NFL fining players for facemasks in addition to the 15 yards in the game? Am I the only person that sees “Fined for facemask” and says WTF?

    I’m more of a hockey fan than NFL but a fine for a standard in game penalty of 15 yards seems idiotic.

  31. kaveech says: Dec 8, 2011 5:08 PM

    Imploding? Lack of discipline will eventually always override talent too right? These are the words of true genius. Let’s see the Lions just lost to the 2 best teams in the NFC, arguably the NFL, and they’re imploding? Nothing like Chicago who lost to Oakland and KC back to back who are middle of the pack or poor teams. Being without Suh, Delmas, and Houston, the Lions 3 best defenders, is the reason they’re losing. Even if you take away the personal fouls they still lose to the Saints and Staffords 3 picks in Lions territory set up Green Bay.

    What people don’t mention is how teams like the Packers, who are already superbowl good, are getting all the calls. How was Jennings catch a TD? HOW? Calvin goes do the ground will complete control and it’s incomplete because of something after the play, while Greg Jennings runs out of the back of the end zone when he never has control of the ball and the refs rule it good. This just boggles my mind. As does the 3 and 12 illegal touch when Rodgers drops back and gets sandwiched before he can even raise his head, instead of having to punt they get bailed out and score a TD after an automatic first down. You can’t tell me in a 3 point game that those calls don’t mean anything.

  32. toegoat says: Dec 8, 2011 5:29 PM

    3ghostninja: Good “next question” I was wondering that myself.

  33. woodyg says: Dec 8, 2011 5:53 PM

    You know things are bad when your fans are still complaining about calls from several games earlier in the season ……. Lion fans are complaining …… Looks like they are setting up the refs for their fall from a playoff team to just another non-playoff team …….

    The reality is that the Lions could still sneak in with a 9-7 record …….. They just better hope they already have 9 wins before they come to Lambeau in week 17 …….

  34. flavordave says: Dec 8, 2011 6:01 PM

    The “black” Wes Welker.

  35. scratchnpost1234 says: Dec 8, 2011 10:21 PM

    rwmilli says:
    Dec 8, 2011 12:27 PM
    Because you don’t base the fine off of injury…it’s not Trent Coles fault he ended the guys season, you fine for the hit which could potentially not have even hurt the guy, yet still Cole would have received the fine, if Cole was intentionally trying to end his season with a sue like stomp you might have a valid point

    Have you EVER seen anybody, especially an offensive player get FINED for a facemask? Two Saints nailed him after he was out of bounds. 1 got a personal foul penalty,an inadvertent facemask isn’t a dirty play. Cheapshotting a guy after he’s out of bounds is. Where’s the fine for the two late hits from the Saints players?Are they gonna fine players for false start penalties and offsides now too?

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