Jason Babin not flagged, but fined $15,750 for roughing Weeden

AP

When Eagles defensive end Jason Babin drove Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden into the ground just after Weeden threw a pass on Sunday, the officials let him get away with it. But the league office did not.

Babin has been fined $15,750 for roughing Weeden.

Babin has long taken issue with the way the NFL doles out fines, saying after he was fined for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith last year that the “guy at the NFL that decides on who and how much players get fined” needs to “stop being a puppet.” So he surely won’t be happy about this one.

But he should be glad that he got away with a penalty on the field: Babin’s hit came on a third down on which the Browns failed to convert and had to punt. In a game the Eagles won by only one point, a roughing the passer penalty that extended a drive could have been extremely costly.

32 responses to “Jason Babin not flagged, but fined $15,750 for roughing Weeden

  1. Even if they had called the Penalty, Weeden would have thrown a pick after. Weeden is flat out awful and should not have been picked higher then the 4th round. But Walrus and Shurmur had to punish Colt for his dad rightfully calling out the organization on the concussion issue.

  2. I can’t wait until the NFL can start Holograms of its QBs, so football players won’t have to be concerned about, you know, not playing football when they tackle the guy playing one specific position. Until now, maybe all QBs should wear orange vests so DLs know just to ask them to sit down.

  3. I don’t agree at all for fines on players for actions during the game that weren’t agregious and intentional or the player hasn’t just built up a level of “I am just not going to obey they rules. Seriously. There are more fines in a weekend of NFL football than there was in an entire year not 10 years ago.

    Since Tagliabue retired the fines have gone up drastically and that is not a coincidence, and when you add to that the fact that the fines exorbitant in total. Come on, $15,750. You fine a guy what the part-time fry cook at Wendy’s makes in a year for an incident that happened because he was running fast, the other guy flinched and he couldn’t change direction in time? And this is a vet, for a rookie that would be his entire check almost? That’s ridiculous. The thing is, it is not curbing actions. There are still close to the same amount of roughing penalties in the league or contact penalties because you just cannot change direction on a dime when going 100 MPH. I wish the union had fought for it last year because it is getting out of hand.

  4. this is the problem with the fines – they are handed out so randomly they have no ability to have any impact. the fines should be much bigger, but should be for very specific plays that the NFL needs to get out of the game. Head shots, leading with the top of your helmet, launching yourself at someone. make the reasons for the fines clear, make the fines bigger, that is how you try to protect players. what the nfl is doing instead is just nonsense.

  5. I have to agree – the player’s union did not do nearly enough to protect the players from The Evil One. They signed a contract – without due diligence… sounds like they need representation at the top.

    The problem that lies in fines and the whole bounty scandal is there are not enough checks and balances.

    The person who renders the verdict, imposes the penalty SHOULD NOT be the one who hears and takes action in the appeal process.

  6. Babin may have gotten away with a penalty on the field, but these days there are so many “ticky tack” penalties called for just brushing a player’s jersey a little late (by the referee’s judgment) that its getting to be a joke. The NFL was much more exciting to watch when the policy was more “no harm, no foul” than it is now. Even with the draconian enforcement that’s the current NFL policy, I don’t see where it has reduced serious injuries at all.

  7. Michael – Please take 5 minutes off from being a league mouthpiece. He should be glad he wasn’t flagged?? That’s a strange position. How about the position that the league and the on-field officials can’t agree on what is a foul? Oops, I forgot, then you’d have to point out that either the replacement officials stink or the league office acts arbitrarily… Guess it’s easier to just say that Babin was lucky, get a cheesy article out of it then go hide again.

  8. If you ask me, unless the player gets a penalty on the play, the League should not be able to fine them. If the officials thought the play was ok, It shouldn’t have picked up a fine. Roughing the QB is roughing the QB, fines should go hand in hand with the penalty. Certainly not one without the other attached. The NFL needs to re-evaluate its fining system.
    The only reason I am arguing about this, Is the fact that one 15 yard penalty could change the ending of a game. If you fine the player, you better make sure the other team gets their 15 yards. It could seriously change the final score of the game. Its only fair.

  9. “this is the problem with the fines – they are handed out so randomly they have no ability to have any impact. the fines should be much bigger, but should be for very specific plays that the NFL needs to get out of the game. Head shots, leading with the top of your helmet, launching yourself at someone. make the reasons for the fines clear, make the fines bigger, that is how you try to protect players. what the nfl is doing instead is just nonsense.”

    Yes! bigperm33 hit the nail right on the head – well done.

  10. Mara has to be responsible…Funny how both Babin and the Cowboys’ Tyron Smith both get fined double the average for their offenses in the same week…He’s in Goodel’s ear…

  11. godofwine330 says: “You fine a guy what the part-time fry cook at Wendy’s makes in a year ”

    Did you know that the part-time fry cook at Wendy’s doesn’t make what an NFL player does? And if the Wendy’s employee screws my order and puts pickles on my hamburger again after I clearly state ‘No Pickles’, then he should be fined roughly what a child laborer in Indonesia makes in a year.

    It’s all relative.

  12. I read these comments from a lot of folks who don’t play. The fines have been consistent if the tape shows the hit. I am no Browns fan but let’s get real. Colt is not a NFL QB. The pick was a reach but what do u expect coaches to do. Stick with the QB who will get u fired or take a chance. Shurmur had to take the chance.

  13. drpompanoduke says:
    Sep 15, 2012 4:40 PMColt is not a NFL QB. The pick was a reach but what do u expect coaches to do. Stick with the QB who will get u fired or take a chance. Shurmur had to take the chance.
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    I disagree with the statement that Colt McCoy isn’t an NFL quarterback. He is a natural leader, takes control of the huddle, and is able to read all of his progressions. He didn’t have an off season to learn his new offense. He played in a system that didn’t cater to his strengths, wr’s that couldn’t catch, a running back that had a ego trip, and he wasn’t allowed to audible.

    Shurmur’s play calling is horrible and Weeden looks worse and he had an offseason. We will see tomorrow how he performs, but I’m not holding my breath.

  14. Pat Shurmur is not a real NFL Head Coach, he’s way in over his head. Colt could be a real NFL QB, on the right team with real NFL coaches.

    I like Colt but for Colt’s own good, I wish the Browns would trade him to a real NFL team.

    But, what has this to do with Weinke 2.0 taking a real NFL hit???

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