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No fines for Pats hits on Bradford

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford lies on the field during the second quarter of the NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London Reuters

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.

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27 Responses to “No fines for Pats hits on Bradford”
  1. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 3, 2012 11:01 AM

    Let’s see ….. no flags were thrown on anty of those plays…… and now no fines were issued.

    Could it possibly be that there were NO PENALTIES, Coach????????

    Nah.

    Sick of Jeff Fisher’s belly-aching. His teams are some of the leagues WORST violators.

    Shut up, hypocrite.

  2. smh35 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:03 AM

    Wow. Not that the penalties would have changed the outcome of the game, but the play where Bradford got hurt should have been a penalty and a fine (according to NFL rules). NFL favoritism at it’s best.

  3. nflfan1 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:20 AM

    The play where he got hit was clean. The fact that the Rams allowed a horrible Patriots pass rushing defense to hit their quarterback that much speaks volumes about their offensive line and Bradfords ability to quickly get rid of the ball. As for Fisher, he notoriously coached one of the dirtiest teams for years when he was with Tennessee.

  4. smh35 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    1. The Rams were starting 3 backup lineman
    2. Bradford did get the ball away on the play where he got hurt. Then the defensive player drove him into the ground. Which is a penalty
    3. Fisher never called the Patriots dirty, he just said there was some missed calls.

  5. showmeram says: Nov 3, 2012 11:32 AM

    P.I. calls against Rams did help N.E. win this game. Cheaters will be cheaters. If Brady was on another team he would be average, just the way he was in college. and Yes, I would love to punch Packers fans… or moon them.

  6. nflfan1 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:36 AM

    1. The Patriots are constantly starting backup lineMEN.
    2. Obviously Bradford didn’t get the ball away soon enough, that’s one of the reasons he got hurt and he wasn’t driven into the ground, that’s why there wasn’t a penalty.
    3. No one said Fisher called the Patriots dirty. He DID coach one of the dirtiest teams in the league.

  7. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Nov 3, 2012 11:40 AM

    Of course not…but we all know there would have been fines if the hits were on the drama queen playing for the other side.

  8. nflfan1 says: Nov 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight. I do believe that it’s crazy to call Brady an average quarterback. Brady, Manning Brothers, Brees and Rodgers have proved they are tough enough to play in this league without being ‘Drama Queens’. Pass Interference calls USUALLY favor the team they are not called against, the Patriots are constantly called for Pass Interference and you know the argument has reached its lowest point when in 2012 someone has to bring up the “CHEATERS”argument.

  9. obnoxio2 says: Nov 3, 2012 12:02 PM

    The Patriots LB Hightower had Bradford by the jersey and was in the process of tackling him when the QB threw the ball away. Bradford was just unfortunate that Hightower landed on top of him in my opinion.

  10. mpnieland says: Nov 3, 2012 12:06 PM

    Yeah, because three 15 yard penalties would extended drives that resulted in three FGs. So that would have resulted in a 45-16 game.

    Missed calls or not, there was only one elite team on the field in Wembley, and it was obvious.

    On the other hand, those three extra FGs would have resulted in 9 extra fantasy pts for my teams. Better to have a kicker that plays for a team that can’t punch it in rather than a blazing offense that can’t be stopped.

  11. p4tri0ts says: Nov 3, 2012 12:11 PM

    I love patriots haters. They make my day every time I read a post from one. It just makes us look that much better every time someone tries to insult the greatest team, that has the greatest QB to ever play this game. Keep it coming… hahahahaha

  12. csszrr says: Nov 3, 2012 12:12 PM

    Don’t you dare insult Brady. You are not worthy to even touch the hem of his dress.

  13. fortunefavorsthebolden says: Nov 3, 2012 12:22 PM

    @smh35: since the nfl doesn’t agree with you I would ask you find the rule and cite it for us. Hightower didn’t pin his arms, didn’t lift him off the ground and drive him down to it, didn’t hit him in the head, didn’t take two steps and hit after bradford let the ball go, and didn’t target him below the knee. So how is it a penalty again?

    I think maybe you don’t know the rules as well as you think you do.

  14. bucsfan5000 says: Nov 3, 2012 12:31 PM

    Coleman helped the Pats win a Super Bowl almost 11 years ago. And it WAS a fumble.

  15. p4tri0ts says: Nov 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    We got 3 Superbowl wins and no one will ever take that away from us. We will forever be the 2001,2003,and 2004 world champs. Bring up the spy gate, bring up the tuck rule, whatever you want. None of that sh!t will ever matter… we won that’s that. Good day, bye bye

  16. spfripp says: Nov 3, 2012 1:08 PM

    I don’t know how Fisher could make such statement. Who does he think Bradford is? Tom Brady?

  17. hadjiali says: Nov 3, 2012 1:51 PM

    The League decided that since Courtland Finnegan is a Ram, no fines could possibly be warranted.

  18. patriotsdefense says: Nov 3, 2012 2:26 PM

    That is ridiculous and Jeff Fisher is such a hall monitor style cry baby.

  19. CKL says: Nov 3, 2012 2:33 PM

    I don’t mind coaches sending plays to the league to be reviewed, that’s their job. But Fisher has pulled enough questionable moves in his coaching career that it’s especially laughable that he’s complaining publicly.

    It’s funny how the Pats get so much ignorance thrown their way on here and elsewhere when their HC never ever whines to the press about anything, fair or unfair. It speaks volumes…about the whiners :D

  20. flash1283 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:40 PM

    showmeram says:
    Nov 3, 2012 11:32 AM
    P.I. calls against Rams did help N.E. win this game. Cheaters will be cheaters. If Brady was on another team he would be average, just the way he was in college. and Yes, I would love to punch Packers fans… or moon them.

    —-
    Translation —

    I’m jealous!!!

  21. flash1283 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:46 PM

    showmeram says:
    Nov 3, 2012 11:32 AM
    P.I. calls against Rams did help N.E. win this game. Cheaters will be cheaters. If Brady was on another team he would be average, just the way he was in college. and Yes, I would love to punch Packers fans… or moon them.
    —-
    Anyone who calls Brady average is either ignorant or just plain jealous.

    First if you have been watching football long enough you should now what happens in college doesn’t mean anything.

    How many # 1 picks have been bust

    Brady has played in all all types of offenses, he broke records with Moss then they get rid of Moss and he has one of the best seasons of any QB.

  22. playbookofeli says: Nov 3, 2012 9:27 PM

    This is kinda BS. Chris Canty was fined on a play where he hit Romo and Romo wasn’t injured. Have to agree with Fisher. 18-1

  23. tedmurph says: Nov 3, 2012 11:02 PM

    I remember Fisher laughing his a$$ off when RHarrison blew out his quad and TBruschi almost crossing the line and letting him have it. F#CK Jeff fisher.

  24. joetoronto says: Nov 4, 2012 3:58 AM

    Walt “Tuck Rule” Coleman says what?

  25. fortunefavorsthebolden says: Nov 4, 2012 4:22 AM

    Canty speared Romo, tackling leading with the crown of the helmet, that doesn’t really apply here.

  26. playbookofeli says: Nov 4, 2012 7:23 AM

    He speared Romo? Do you even know what that means?

  27. patsfiend says: Nov 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    showmeram says:
    Nov 3, 2012 11:32 AM
    P.I. calls against Rams did help N.E. win this game. Cheaters will be cheaters. If Brady was on another team he would be average, just the way he was in college. and Yes, I would love to punch Packers fans… or moon them.
    ——-
    Of all the Pats-haters arguments and whining, I think this is the one that warms my soul the most… the irony of “Brady is nothing without Belichick” posts followed closely by “Belichick would be a lousy coach had he not lucked out on Brady” posts.

    Maybe you guys should just accept that they are both unanimous first-ballot HOFers, and move on to rooting for your own team instead of crying about the Pats.

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