NFL will fine Fox and Del Rio, eventually

Reuters

We surmised earlier this week that Broncos coach John Fox should expect a fine for his frantic antics on the sideline in Monday night’s game against the Falcons.  But when Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday night that teams had again been warned about not bullying the replacement officials, we assumed that, while the huffing had turned to puffing, the NFL was not yet ready to blow Fox’s house down.

Now, Schefter reports that Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will both be fined.

The fines have not been levied, and Schefter reports that the amount will be in the vicinity of $20,000 each.

The delay is confusing.  Fines usually are levied on Fridays.  In this case, it could be that the NFL has opted to defer the process a bit, in order to not draw more attention to the fact that the replacements, in the opinion of many, need to be replaced.

Also, while the league has circled the wagons tightly against external criticism, no one truly knows how many arrows are being fired from the inside.  If coaches are complaining to owners and owners are complaining to the league office, fining coaches who have a hard time putting up with the incompetence they believe they’re experiencing will only make it hard to hold the coalition together.

16 responses to “NFL will fine Fox and Del Rio, eventually

  1. Are you guys getting money from the NFLRA? I dont understand why this place and FOX (where an ex referee works) are the only 2 places where anybody has complained about officiating. I dont hear it at work, ESPN, the bar. Maybe Im foolish but i enjoy watching football more now than ever. I like seeing a millionaire WR get tackled without a flag because you know what? Hes getting paid to get hit. Take your big city lawyer trash to another industry. This is the NFL

  2. “If coaches are complaining to owners and owners are complaining to the league office, fining coaches who have a hard time putting up with the incompetence they believe they’re experiencing will only make it hard to hold the coalition together.”

    If if if… they should be able to fine a lot of these coaches for the incompetence they show every week in game planning, play calling etc.. Sure these refs aren’t that good but the regular refs sucked as well. I for one want to see the NFL hold the line on these overpayed bums who don’t want any accountability. Just because the NFL is making a lot of money doesn’t mean the refs (who contribute nothing to the record revenues) deserve more money.

  3. “AND WHO FINES BIG ROG? This guy needs taken down a peg or 10!”

    He is only doing what the players agreed too. Maybe they should have been focused on more then just $ in the negotiations.

  4. Why doesn’t God-del do the same for players. These two coaches showed themselves on MNF and shouls have been fined fast. They were even warned about getting on the refs, they slowed the game down with all the antics on the sidelines and players on the field, not the replacements. Come on God-del show the coaches aren’t above the game.

  5. John Fox was incompetent last week. The refs had no part in Manning’s 3 1st Qtr interceptions. Fox can’t yell at Manning and knows he still has 3 Qtrs to play. It’s alot easier to yell at the refs than to admit the reality of the situation his team was in.

    You would also think that the commentators of the game would have something to say about Manning’s 3 Ints being that they were actually supposed to be commentating on the game. They neither criticized Manning for his picks, nor Fox for losing his cool.

    If they weren’t going to talk about the game, what were they to talk about?

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