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Report: Fox, Del Rio appealing fines for berating officials

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The replacement officials have shuffled off the stage until Keanu Reeves makes a movie about them, but some housekeeping from their time in charge of the NFL’s games still lingers.

Ed Werder of ESPN.com reports that Broncos coach John Fox has filed the necessary paperwork to appeal the $30,000 fine he received for berating officials during the team’s Week Two loss to the Broncos on Monday night. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is also expected to appeal the $25,000 fine he received for his behavior during the same game.

“It’s not like one freaked-out coach went nuts and there hasn’t been another problem in the NFL,” Werder’s source said. “This could have turned into 20 fines a week with coaches because they were all losing their minds.”

According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Fox is arguing that extenuating circumstances contributed to his behavior. The report indicates that Fox believes that the added strain of the responsibility for explaining the rules to the officials charged with enforcing them contributed to his sideline meltdown. Given how hard the NFL worked to make sure that no team officials or coaches publicly went after the replacements, we’re not sure that dog’s going to hunt even if it must have been endlessly frustrating for the league’s coaches to feel they needed to tell the guys in the striped shirts about the duties usually taken care of by the guys in striped shirts.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the fine front for the Broncos. Linebacker Joe Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended one game for a hit to the head of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub while linebacker Von Miller has been hit with a $15,750 fine for “unnecessarily driving” Schaub to the ground on the play before Mays walloped him. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Miller plans to join his coaches in appealing the league’s decision.

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15 Responses to “Report: Fox, Del Rio appealing fines for berating officials”
  1. pickney1 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:33 PM

    Just you think this story is done, it stands on its last leg

  2. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Sep 28, 2012 7:35 PM

    Seriously? Don’t you have better things to do Fox? Like prepare for a game? Or do you think the Raiders are some simple pushover?

    Such a loser organization.

  3. annes22 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:42 PM

    You deserve the fines so get on with it. both insulted the refs, so why shouldn’t you be fined????
    Green Bay lost a game they should have won, so what goes around comes around, get on with it.

  4. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 28, 2012 7:51 PM

    Heaven forbid they should set a good example and take responsibility for their actions……

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 28, 2012 7:57 PM

    No one has as much reason to argue as the Packers head coach. Fox and his Broncos had no prayer of beating the Falcons in the dome no matter what officials were there.

  6. jlb10 says: Sep 28, 2012 7:58 PM

    guess it was 2 other guys on the bronco’s sidelines that night. they should get a game suspension just for appealing it

  7. randomguy9999 says: Sep 28, 2012 8:15 PM

    seems like every other story is a player or coach trying to get out of detention…. they should shut up and take their lumps….

    actually they should just do the right thing in the first place

  8. unkrautsalat says: Sep 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    He went nuts on the refs for calling 12 man on the field and upholding that call after he challenged it – because they clearly HAD 12 man on the field. Everybody could see it. The replacement refs got it right (for a change), and he just went crazy. To get away with 30k is quite lucky, I’d say.

  9. redbeardxxv says: Sep 28, 2012 9:48 PM

    I recieved a traffic ticket a few weeks ago, when I considered appealing it, I was told if I was found guilty, the judge could increase my fine and make me pay court costs. I decided to pay the ticket, as my case wasn’t very strong. My point is, if players/coaches want to appeal, they too should face stiffer penalties. That way, only those who think they can win will bother to appeal, lest they risk harsher punishment.

  10. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 28, 2012 10:34 PM

    Fox and Rio are wasting time with their frivolous appeals.

    The NFL should implement a rule that lost appeals will double the fines and/or penalties.

  11. piemasteruk says: Sep 29, 2012 2:12 AM

    Some of the coaches used the fact that the refs were replacements as an excuse to act like complete douche bags and now they are crying because they got fined for it.

    Pay your fine and shut the hell up.

  12. joetoronto says: Sep 29, 2012 5:02 AM

    Increase the fines on these yahoo’s.

  13. pabrownsfan says: Sep 29, 2012 8:49 AM

    the coaches should get a medal of honor and a pay raise for putting up with that garbage!

  14. librarianfootballfan says: Sep 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    At least Belichick took his fifty lumps without complaint — and issued an apology.

  15. davidcl77 says: Sep 30, 2012 11:37 AM

    This idiot was going nuts over a 12 man on the field call when everyone in the world knew there were 12 on the field except he and Del Rio. He and his .500 career winning percentage. He’s foolish enough to think he’s gonna win the big one simply because they landed an old, former great player. What a fool.

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