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Brad Jones fined for hit on Stafford, Stafford not fined for low block

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Packers linebacker Brad Jones drew a personal foul flag for a hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the Packers’ win on Sunday. Stafford also drew a personal foul flag for a hit of his own.

But the NFL only fined one of those players. And it wasn’t the quarterback.

The NFL has confirmed to PFT that Jones was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer for a hit to Stafford’s head. And the NFL has also confirmed to PFT that Stafford was not fined for the low block penalty he picked up when he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was fined for a low block on a pick six two weeks ago, and it’s only fair that quarterbacks get fined for hits like that: Taking out a defensive player at the knee while he’s running full speed in the opposite direction on a teammate’s interception return is a good way to injure that defensive player. It shouldn’t be allowed.

So it’s surprising that Stafford wasn’t fined. I asked the league office to shed some light on why Vick was fined but Stafford wasn’t, but I got no response.

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20 Responses to “Brad Jones fined for hit on Stafford, Stafford not fined for low block”
  1. blergy says: Nov 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    “Roughing the passer”?

    Better make sure evil players like Brad Jones don’t ever lightly graze the QB’s helmet with the edge of their hand when going for the ball. Yeah, get that guy! Fine him!

    That’s okay, by the way, Stafford. Potentially ending a guy’s career by low-blocking a defender, no problem there.

  2. manilovethepftcensors says: Nov 24, 2012 1:08 PM

    I’m outraged! Stafford is the dirtiest player in the league! The Lions are all a bunch of scumbags! Schwartz is a jerk!
    I’m just saving you ladies the energy of having to type these things out for yourselves.
    It’s hard for me to understand why the Lions elicit some of the emotions from you that they do.
    It could have something to do with your own mental instability.

  3. tutamus says: Nov 24, 2012 1:48 PM

    Might have something to do with one of your defensive linemen doing his best Johnny Cage impression and trying to destroy a guys nuts.

  4. purpleguy says: Nov 24, 2012 1:51 PM

    Stafford is actually a class guy and a good player, as is Johnson. It’s the myriad of tools the Lions have collected that elcit the negative responses from fans — Suh, Young, LeShoure, Fairley, and their hot-head coach that has failed to reign them in and lost them the game Thursday — they deserve all the negative publicity that they get.

  5. rmc1995 says: Nov 24, 2012 1:51 PM

    Wow! Inconsistency in fines! This has never happened in the history of the NFL! What’s next? Inconsistent refereeing?

    Why someone insists that money be taken away from someone elses pocket in the way of fines or suspensions is beyond me. Why is it journalistic interest to gage what is fair in fines? Stick to what affects the game, not insist on taking money from someone elses pocket in the name of fairnes.

    “It’s not fair!” Is a rallying call for children.

    It’s certainly not consistent, but the NFL has always been consistently inconsistent.

  6. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 24, 2012 1:58 PM

    I don’t care. The better team won.

  7. ezwriter69 says: Nov 24, 2012 2:31 PM

    Hardly a mystery… one in Michael Vick, the other is Matt Stafford.

  8. kenudo says: Nov 24, 2012 2:50 PM

    Don’t like the fact that Andrew Luck not only tried to take out Landry’s knee after a pick but then his coach was calling Landry dirty for hitting Luck shoulder pad to shoulder pad on a late slide by Luck. I know it’s different because Landry had the ball but QB’s are trying to take out defenders’ knees while getting 15 yarders for the smallest contact. Makes it pretty frustrating to watch these games sometimes.

  9. macbull says: Nov 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    Anyone else sick of the NFL front office second guessing the officials…reviewing game films after the fact and levying fines as they see fit.

    It is time to take the NFL out of the officiating business…out of the business of punishing the players by taking money from their paychecks.

    Time to stop all this nonsense and return the game to the players and refs. If a player does something against the rules, he is flagged by the officials on the field.

    If a player is “dirty”, the players take care of it on the field.

    The game that used to be known as “American Football”…is dying a slow death at the hands of Roger Goodell and his boys in the office.

  10. houndog50 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    No big deal, Jones got robbed and Stafford got off! That’s it, no more, no less.
    The league just didn’t feel right embarrassing ManCans any more than he embarrassed himself with the girly tactics he used!

  11. houndog50 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    macbull says: Nov 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    Anyone else sick of the NFL front office second guessing the officials…reviewing game films after the fact and levying fines as they see fit.
    The game that used to be known as “American Football”…is dying a slow death at the hands of Roger Goodell and his boys in the office.
    ============================
    I hear you Macbull, Pete Rozelle must be spinning like a top in his grave seeing this wannabe Goodell at the helm! Pete was a real man!
    R.I.P Pete, and don’t worry, given enough rope this idiot will hang himself any day now! All we can do is hope that it’s sooner rather than later!

  12. coldplay519 says: Nov 24, 2012 3:58 PM

    I think this is Suh’s fault too.

  13. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM

    Stafford is a lot like Phillip Rivers – everyone keeps saying how great and awesome they are but whenever they show up on my local the best they have ever been is average. Though I only get to see them a couple of times a year, they can’t always be ‘just having a bad day’, can they?

  14. 989lions says: Nov 24, 2012 5:13 PM

    Stafford threw for 441 yards and 2 TD’s against one of the best defenses in the league. So lets stop that right now. That low block call on him was one of the softest penaltys I’ve seen throw, mind you the packers still scored a TD on that play and the referees missed a blatant block in the back on the return. But I digress.

    I think the Lions should fully embrace this dirty team image. There is absolutely nothing the remainder of the roster can do to shake the perception that a few players caused the league to have of the lions. so they might as well just run with it.

  15. mogogo1 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:26 PM

    These phantom “blows to the head” where a QB’s helmet is barely grazed by a guy trying to deflect the pass get more ridiculous all the time. I get that QBs are the franchise players and are frequently defenseless. I’ve got no problem with special rules for them. But it is getting absurd. Now, they can’t be hit high, can’t be hit low… Within a couple years they’ll have a red line two inches high at their waist and contact anywhere else on their body will draw a flag.

  16. clayme52 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:50 PM

    Terrible call and fine. Jones clearly going for the ball and barely grazes Stafford’s head. Why even have helmets anymore?

  17. getatmeplease says: Nov 24, 2012 7:43 PM

    stevenfbrackett says:
    Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM
    Stafford is a lot like Phillip Rivers – everyone keeps saying how great and awesome they are but whenever they show up on my local the best they have ever been is average. Though I only get to see them a couple of times a year, they can’t always be ‘just having a bad day’, can they?
    ________________________
    This is Stafford’s 2nd full season (4th overall). This is Rivers’ 7th full season (9th overall). Let’s give the kid a few more years before we make that comparison…

  18. judsonjr says: Nov 24, 2012 7:53 PM

    If this is worthy of a fine, next stop is fining teammates for hitting someones helmet during celebration.

  19. beerbratscheese says: Nov 24, 2012 7:59 PM

    I just don’t get the inconsistencies. I guess, by the rules, JOnes deserved to get penalized because he made contact with the helmet, but it was clearly due to his momentum after trying to bat down a pass.

    Meanwhile, J.J. Watt literally rips Aaron Rodgers’ helmet off during a play and there’s no fine or penalty.

    I just want consistency. It can’t be that hard when the league actually reviews these plays.

  20. axespray says: Nov 24, 2012 9:18 PM

    meanwhile, duane brown still hasn’t been fined for taking out DJ Smith’s knee earlier this year.

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