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Chargers’ Melvin Ingram fined $15,750 for hit on Drew Brees


One of the biggest plays of Sunday night’s Chargers-Saints game came when Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception that Chargers linebacker Demorrio Williams returned for a touchdown — only to have the touchdown called back on a roughing the passer penalty on Melvin Ingram.

That play was incredibly costly for the Chargers: If the touchdown had counted, San Diego would have led 31-14. Instead, the touchdown was wiped off the board, the Saints scored on that possession to narrow the deficit to 24-21, and the Saints ended up coming back to win the game 31-24. And now the play has become costly for Ingram, too.

The NFL has fined ingram $15,750 for the hit, saying that Ingram lowered the crown of his helmet into Brees’s chin.

Some Chargers fans have taken issue with the flag, saying that Ingram was just rushing straight ahead at Brees and trying to do his job, but Chargers coach Norv Turner noted that Ingram also had a costly roughing the passer penalty in Week One against the Raiders, and said Ingram needs to get it straightened out.

We’re going to fix that issue,” Turner said. “It’s coaching and it’s technique. It’s him understanding the way the games are officiated. There’s no question that we addressed it after the Raider game, and it’s something that we’re going to have to deal with. . . . You look at the great pass-rushers in this league and they’ve all learned how to handle it. We’ve got to get Melvin to do the same thing.”

Losing 15 grand may help Melvin learn that he has to be able to generate pressure without drawing flags.

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37 Responses to “Chargers’ Melvin Ingram fined $15,750 for hit on Drew Brees”
  1. rooneyruleblues says: Oct 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    When you have a chance to take a QB out of the game you hit him hard. NFL has become a joke.

  2. evilbilly3 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    I seriously doubt this kid meant to nail Brees on the chin, any other QB would have gotten hit in the chest. Brees is kinda short after all.

  3. bovice23 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:31 PM

    Didnt agree with the penalty, dont agree with the fine. Running at full speed he couldnt hit him any other way and barely grazed his helmet. Give these defenders some slack.

  4. bolted4life says: Oct 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    He led with his left arm. Brees’s head didn’t even get jarred back from the collision…. But it was called….

    But what do you expect from the
    National Flag-football League.

  5. goodellgate says: Oct 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Cue the crying Chargers fans.

  6. prmpft says: Oct 12, 2012 5:45 PM

    …this just in – the commissioner’s office has declared that the SAINTs must pay that fine for the player – just because he said so – or Drew will be suspended for making himself a target for such a hit!

  7. wolfpack152 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:47 PM

    Wonder if Norv will ever fix the issue of creating a culture of losing!

  8. jrdbrn says: Oct 12, 2012 5:50 PM

    He hit his chin hard enough to bleed. No denying what the guy did… so stop defending it.

  9. 49ersgiants4life says: Oct 12, 2012 5:54 PM

    The NFL started to turn this league into flag football the second they started overly protecting QB’s guys were worried about hitting QB’s in certain places then people are throwing more passes and then more rules were put in to stop people from hitting guys in a “defenseless” position it’s garbage quarterbacks should be football players they shouldn’t get singled out

  10. SeenThisB4 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    And I guess he won’t even pick up the $10 grand in bounty that his defensive group had on Brees’ head.

  11. lilrob10201 says: Oct 12, 2012 5:56 PM

    NFL should start making players wear braes,give each other complements ,and hug each other during the play.Lets also change the football into a balloon and change the NFL’s name to sarcast-a-ball.Micheal Vick never fumbles.

  12. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 12, 2012 5:59 PM

    brees is holding out for a larger fine… he is also claiming bounty system is not real… like santa claus…

  13. veerapan88 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:00 PM

    Slauson fined $10K on cheap shot to Brian Cushing. Cushing is done for the season.

    Ingram fined $15K on technically correct flag thrown during a hit to Drew Brees – in which he got up from immediately.

    Really NFL? Really??

  14. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 12, 2012 6:03 PM

    Ooh blood. Must have been a fineable offense. How bout just get it over with and put flags on the QB. It’s to the point where I’m surprised when there’s not a flag or a fine when a QB gets hit

  15. jl215 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:10 PM

    “Elite” QB’s will always be protected and certain teams will always get the benifit of the doubt… did the Philadelphia Eagle get fined for blatently jumping in the air and driving his cleats into the back of the Pittsburgh Steeler Pouncey? Even Keshawn had it on C’mon Man. Did the Titans coach get an unsportsman like flag for his team for throwing an object at a Steeler running back running down the sideline last night? No. But a NY Jets coach was fired last year for interfering with a runner on the side line…although it was a little different. When a penalty changes the outcome of a game it does effect the fans.

  16. sdsockers says: Oct 12, 2012 6:16 PM

    As a “crying Charger fan”, I actually watched the game. I thought the hit was a good, hard hit to the upper chest, and Ingram’s helmet slid up to Brees’s head. I was dismayed by the penalty, no matter who was playing.
    Alex Karras is laughing at these rules.

  17. choppa2lis says: Oct 12, 2012 6:19 PM

    wow, no viking fan still bitter about 2009, which the Saints were actually called for more penalities in that game than the vikings were, but viking fans blatantly ignore that fact. isn’t using the same lame stupid line drew brees demands an explanation? must be busy watching prince videos

  18. hor2012 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:22 PM

    I’m a Saints fan. But come on, this is football. The call was right but the fine is wrong

  19. choppa2lis says: Oct 12, 2012 6:23 PM

    whats the difference between a junk car and the vikings? a junk car has a title

  20. rooneyruleblues says: Oct 12, 2012 6:29 PM

    Any record a modern passer breaks should have an asterisk because you cant even touch these guys anymore, soon you wont be able to blitz them either.

  21. sfsaintsfan says: Oct 12, 2012 7:07 PM

    I agree with the call during the game but not the fine. The player should have gotten the flag and the call was correct, but he was not trying to hurt Brees. There was no intent to injure so there should have been no fine.

    The hit on Cushing should have resulted in a fine and a suspension. That hit had intent to injure written all over it.

  22. nflhof says: Oct 12, 2012 7:15 PM

    Well at least they are consistently tooling the team, players and city. That Drew Brees love fest last Sunday was sickening and now a player is paying for the party room that Sean Payton and his gang used.

  23. carlsbadboltfan says: Oct 12, 2012 8:37 PM

    So the hit that took Cushing out for the season is only $10k, but the hit on Brees that resulted in a little boo-boo on his chin is over $15K? Really?

  24. silentcount says: Oct 12, 2012 8:56 PM

    To be fair, a fine is not enough. It should be labeled as a bounty system and Norm Turner should be suspended for a year. Or do we wait 3 years and then do it? How does that work under the new rules?

  25. bathroomben7 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:15 PM

    So your mad Drew that someone cheapshotted you and tried to take you out? But yet you think it’s ok for your team to go and do that to other people every game? How does that make sense? Oh yeah because you don’t have a shred of moral fiber, you dirty liar.

  26. judsonjr says: Oct 12, 2012 11:13 PM

    The problem I have is that the QB is a moving target.

    If Brees stands up straight up and steps into the throw, the facemask gets buried right between the numbers. When he leans back and doesn’t step into the throw, he exposes his chin and suddenly a clean hit is worthy of a flag.

  27. paulitik74 says: Oct 12, 2012 11:49 PM

    Wow, the refs are still getting the Chargers.

    The “real refs” come back and all of sudden the Ain’ts start getting all the calls. Hmmmm….

  28. saintsfan1111 says: Oct 13, 2012 1:14 AM

    Call was correct, but Goodell as usual is over the top with his fines.

  29. mogogo1 says: Oct 13, 2012 1:45 AM

    I’d love to have heard the discussion where somebody lobbied for a fine of $16K only to be overruled because $15,750 was better. It’s like the league thinks it’s more serious if it’s not a round figure.

    Waiting for a guy to be fined $19,999.99 because that will make him feel like he’s getting off easy, just like how gas prices work.

  30. ambitoos says: Oct 13, 2012 1:54 AM

    Fine him another 15k for losing that interception.

  31. devrick says: Oct 13, 2012 2:29 AM

    While I think Norv is a horrible head coach and the penalty and fine were questionable, I do appreciate that he didn’t whine or complain about it. The refs are going to call it, so you have to be able to adjust or you’re going to hurt your team. Like it or not, that’s the reality.

  32. 4thqtrsaint says: Oct 13, 2012 4:55 AM

    Insert comment about this being a passing league here

  33. 4thqtrsaint says: Oct 13, 2012 4:55 AM

    Insert Drew Brees is short joke here

  34. bubashep says: Oct 13, 2012 7:28 AM

    Can someone please tell me the difference between a $15,750 hit and $16,000 hit?

  35. musicman495 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:29 AM

    Hey, if the commissioner says he did it, then it must be true, right guys? The players agreed to this system in the CBA, so he’s got nothing to complain about, right guys?

    “We all know he did it. He should just shut up and take his punishment like a man.” Right guys?

  36. musicman495 says: Oct 13, 2012 8:35 AM

    By the way, for those who think it was a bad call to begin with, Chris Collinsworth’s reaction to the play was: “Good call, fine coming.”

  37. nomercy2012 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:03 PM

    Saints fan, saw the game – agree with the penalty, bottom line – he hit him. Don’t agree with the fine. It was clearly not intentional.

    bathroomben7 says:Oct 12, 2012 9:15 PM

    So your mad Drew that someone cheapshotted you and tried to take you out? But yet you think it’s ok for your team to go and do that to other people every game? How does that make sense? Oh yeah because you don’t have a shred of moral fiber, you dirty liar.

    Wow, bathroomben – hate much? Where in the world do you get Drew being mad someone cheapshotted him? There isn’t even the slightest comment from Drew in the article, or any mention of his feeling on the hit whatsoever.

    And now it’s his team does that to other people “every game”?? Dirty liar without a shred of moral fiber? Wow…what’s the weather like on your planet?

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