After Sunday’s game in London between the Pats and the Rams, the coach who has been outscored 104-7 in eight quarters against Bill Belichick complained about multiple unflagged hits on St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford.
“[T]hey . . . missed three roughing the passer calls on our quarterback,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “Those are 15-yard penalties and they keep drives alive. But, as I said, it’s a difficult game to officiate and they’re not going to see everything, but I’d like to have seen [referee Walt Coleman] do a better job of protecting our quarterback.”
Coleman didn’t protect Bradford, and now the league office isn’t, either.
Per an NFL spokesman, no fines have been issued against any Patriots players for hits on Bradford.
Plays that don’t draw flags in real time routinely result in fines, after the NFL has had a chance to study the tape. In this case, a study of the tape apparently didn’t change the position that the rules weren’t broken.