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

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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.

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32 Responses to “Jason Babin not flagged, but fined $15,750 for roughing Weeden”
  1. legacybroken says: Sep 15, 2012 11:03 AM

    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. tubaplayingprof says: Sep 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    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. meytonpanning says: Sep 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    He looks like a terrifying version of Adam Sandler.

  4. niners816 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:22 AM

    Maybe that hit knocked some talent in Weeden, he made Alex Smith look like Tom Brady..and I’m a niners fan.

  5. tubaplayingprof says: Sep 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    @meytonpanning says: Sep 15, 2012 11:15 AM

    He looks like a terrifying version of Adam Sandler.

    That’s really funny! Let’s pitch a meeting for a movie deal, HULK Sandler!

  6. sevensgottago says: Sep 15, 2012 11:26 AM

    Is a win worth $15k ?
    Ask Jason at the end of the season.

  7. apmn says: Sep 15, 2012 11:32 AM

    Riiight. And they picked Trent Richardson to punish Jim Brown?

  8. godofwine330 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:44 AM

    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.

  9. mgavin78 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:53 AM

    Browns are cursed.

  10. bigperm33 says: Sep 15, 2012 12:19 PM

    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.

  11. thesmartest1 says: Sep 15, 2012 12:20 PM

    Just add a lawyer…

  12. sagemasterblog says: Sep 15, 2012 12:21 PM

    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.

  13. laeaglefan says: Sep 15, 2012 12:21 PM

    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.

  14. electionconfidential says: Sep 15, 2012 12:42 PM

    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.

  15. dolphins4 says: Sep 15, 2012 12:52 PM

    If Colt McCoy was at QB for Cleveland they would have beaten the Eagles.

  16. pappert says: Sep 15, 2012 12:58 PM

    Since the NFL brought these REFS in. Shouldn’t It be, If theres no flag theres no fine.

    I mean it is only fair

  17. EJ says: Sep 15, 2012 1:18 PM

    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.

  18. tabcdef9 says: Sep 15, 2012 1:20 PM

    “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.

  19. ninjaneer74 says: Sep 15, 2012 1:51 PM

    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…

  20. laeaglefan says: Sep 15, 2012 3:15 PM

    “If Colt McCoy was at QB for Cleveland they would have beaten the Eagles”

    More likely he would have been knocked out with another concussion.

  21. yajas says: Sep 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    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.

  22. chilomane says: Sep 15, 2012 3:20 PM

    How much did tge flag get for those pre-game shenanigans?

  23. bluebongzilla says: Sep 15, 2012 3:30 PM

    As chairman of the NFL Management Council, Mara’s in Goodell’s and De Smith’s ears every day.

  24. allmyexsliveintexas says: Sep 15, 2012 3:35 PM

    Fabio gets fined!

  25. mimitaroo says: Sep 15, 2012 4:03 PM

    Whats up with the 5 Eagles headlines on the homepage?

  26. superspanky36 says: Sep 15, 2012 4:06 PM

    How much did the American flag get fined for roughing up Weeden?

  27. drpompanoduke says: Sep 15, 2012 4:40 PM

    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.

  28. mtlar37 says: Sep 15, 2012 5:27 PM

    Meh – Babin probably has that much in his wallet.

  29. vinceofdarkness says: Sep 15, 2012 6:59 PM

    “why don’t we just put a dress on the quarterbacks” Jack Lambert, Steelers HOF line backer

  30. frenzy95 says: Sep 15, 2012 7:19 PM

    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.
    ____________________________________
    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.

  31. oldcracker says: Sep 15, 2012 7:25 PM

    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???

  32. contract says: Sep 15, 2012 10:22 PM

    In Babin’s defense … he had no way of knowing that Weeden is an NFL QB.

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