Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo landed a big hit on Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky last Sunday and the league laid down some punishment for it this week.
According to the league, Mayo has been fined $25,000 because he “struck the opposing quarterback in the head and neck area.” The officials in the Patriots’ 31-24 victory saw nothing wrong with Mayo’s actions as Mayo was never flagged for unnecessary roughness during the contest, but the league saw things differently.
On the hit in question, Mayo’s helmet definitely made contact with Orlovsky’s helmet and players have been flagged for much less this season. Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has a shot of the play taken from the CBS broadcast of the game which, while blurry, clearly shows Mayo making contact high on Orlovsky.
We’ve all gotten used to the somewhat haphazard assessment of penalties and fines for hits like this, but it would be nice to hear a bit more explanation from the league about why this is a $25,000 offense and Trent Cole’s after the whistle shenanigans against the Seahawks, for example, only constitute a $7,500 penalty.