J.J. Watt fined for hit on Matthew Stafford

AP

Late in the fourth quarter of a Thanksgiving classic between the Texans and Lions, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt put his helmet into the chest of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford.

The helmet ended up in Stafford’s chin, but no flag was thrown.

The league office has now admitted in a roundabout way that a penalty was in order.  Watt has been fined $15,750 for striking the quarterback in the head/neck area.

The Lions would have/should have/could have gotten a first down at the Texans’ 30, with enough time to get closer and try for a game-winning field goal.

So even though coach Jim Schwartz should be blaming himself for that red-flag rigmarole, Schwartz and the Lions have every reason to be miffed about a missed call that could have put them at 5-6 and still in the thick of the wild-card chase.

74 responses to “J.J. Watt fined for hit on Matthew Stafford

  1. this is ridiculous..NFL office waits 8 days to decide and fine a player…a penalty wasn’t thrown and it was a legal play, lets just make this league a flag football sport cause this is Roger’s vision anyway.

  2. Yea, but they aren’t. They are 4-7. Do you really think the Texans are the first team to lose by a bad call on another team? Give me a break. You don’t throw penalties on BEASTS like JJ Watt!

    10-1.

    Scoreboard.

  3. This is getting out of hand the refs made the right call he went for the chest but it caused him to rise up and hit him in the chin he has no intention for helmet to helmet ridiculous

  4. Friggin weak call by the league. He hit him in the chest. It was Stafford’s motion that caused the helmets to hit.

  5. There were also several pi and facemasks that were not called against tbe lions. The difference is that the texans found a way to overcome it.

  6. So let me get this straight. The Lions get penalized for hitting the Qb when its legal most the time and J.J. Watt gets to benefit from dangerously and purposely attempting to hurt Stafford in a serious way and he is NOT dirty? lol. All the anit Suh haters need to get off him. His stomp and kick combined weren’t half as potential dangerous as what Watt did. Its time everyone realizes this is football and its mean and nasty and dudes play with a MEAN streak. Get off Suh NUTZ.

  7. So many fines I’m losing count. I seriously had to ask myself, “when did all of this fine-madness begin?”. What season was it? What happened to where every week, the list of fined athletes rivals the Injury Report?

    Is this the new normal?

  8. I saw the hit in real time, watched as the analysts gave their view of the hit and I ultimately agreed with the CBS crew that the hit was clean.
    If Stafford drops his head into the line of fire, then that’s on HIM, Watt never raised his head, and never drove the guy…
    Where in the blue hell was the foul???

    The NFL is becoming softer by the minute.

  9. The refs missed the Muffed punt, the Forsett TD, and the pass interference to Titus in the endzone. Now add this one to the list.

    But Suh, not the refs, are the real story of this game.

  10. Look at the PHOTO! How can that be judged helmet to helmet?

    More than that, how can you write that the Lions should think that was the reason they lost? That right there is TEXTBOOK tackling 101 – helmet in the chest, arms around the QB.

    What a joke…

  11. Mike, that game was VERY frustrating to watch. Lions didn’t do themselves any favors but there was a couple of questionable calls/non-calls…especially the Forsett TD debacle.

  12. The Lions getting screwed by the refs?

    What else is new?

    The Calvin Johnson TD catch that wasn’t against the Bears.

    The Titus Young TD catch that wasn’t against the Packers in game 17.

    The missed call on Justin Forsett, who was clearly down.

    Lions fans are getting tired of the NFL.

  13. I’m not one of these meatballs whining for fines on a crack back blocks, but this fine was outrageous. Goodell is out of control trying to prevent head injuries to save their legal behinds. Settle with the former players who were uninformed about concussions and move forward. The players now know what they’re getting into

  14. That’s horrible. Watch the video. Even looking at the photo, Watt’s facemask is clearly in Stafford’s chest number. He’s even wrapping him up around the waist. They might as well put a red jersey on quarterbacks and not allow anyone to touch them. I’m not sure what else you expect a defensive player to do. The NFL is ruining their own game. Penalty?…whatever. I’m sure there’s a ref standing right there watching the quarterback. There always is. Ridiculous

  15. Players need to get with their agents and get more money in their contracts to help offset the fines they will get for stepping on the field as a defensive player.

  16. What a joke. Watt clearly put his face mask into Stafford’s chest. As Stafford crumpled and his head snapped forward his chin drops and connects with the top of Watt’s helmet.

    The NFL might as well institute a rule that says a defensive player cannot touch a QB anywhere below the waist and that they cannot touch a QB anywhere above the waist and get it over with already.

  17. Eight days later people are still talking about Texans-Lions. People are calling Matt Schaub a blabbermouth. People are painting the Lions as victims. This is Fantasy Football! Who would have believed it?
    NFL, please remember this next year at scheduling time, a game to circle on everyone’s calendar.

  18. The play should have been called, the fine justified.
    The rule is clear, just like the Forsett “touchdown” rule is clear.

    I don’t like either one of them, but according to the rules, it should have been a flag.

    If the refs enforce the rules as they’re written, then we can’t blame them. Problem is, the refs are inconsistent and only enforce the rules when the see fit.

  19. I cant watch the NFL anymore. Seriously. Cant wait for the Georgia/Alabama game Saturday. Real football. Not Goodell/Players Union/Lawyer football.

  20. Suh’s kick was no more punishable than this hit or the three season ending injuries sustained by SF delivered by, you guessed it, the (S)Aint’s. Wow, isn’t that the same team they played the week there was audio from the locker room suggesting they go after certain players? Coincidence?

  21. who are all these people that say putting the helmet into a guys chest is “textbook” tackling??? textbook form is to put your head to the side, and HIT HIM WITH YOUR SHOULDER! this whole “leading with the head” thing is what the nfl is trying to get rid of, using their helmet as a weapon, etc etc.
    and why are we talking about what watt’s intentions were? is a holding call not a holding call if they didn’t mean it? seriously???

  22. W0ulda been a crap call, and it’s a crap fine. It was a clean hit. The NFL is goin’ nuts with fines. THIS IS FOOTBALL. Fine the EXTREME, INTENTIONAL stuff and shut the heck up.

  23. Florio – you’ve got some major problems as does the NFL for whining about this hit. It is a good hit & tackle with his head up and in the chest. 3 inches lower would have made the difference between a clean hit and one that draws a fine. You can tell that Watt was down low. I think that if this hit didn’t cause Cutler to be knocked out for the next game is the real reason for the fine, not whether it was a clean and/or dirty hit. Unfortunately defensive players don’t get the same consideration when offensive players knock them out with season-ending injuries.

    The fact that you try to use this as an excuse for Detroit losing the ballgame is pathetic. There were plenty of missed calls in this game on both sides, so to choose one is just ridiculous. Perhaps the Lions should focus on the 97 yard drive to tie the game instead of good football plays.

    Personally, I think you’re still upset that the Texans are proving you as just another ignorant sportswriter since you predicted the Texans wouldn’t make the playoffs.

  24. If the Lions would stop screwing themselves they’d be capable of overcoming the poor officiating that seems to routinely harm them every game.

    Side note: would of, could of and should of are non-sensical phrases that don’t exist. Try would have, could have and should have. These are real word pairings that make sense.

  25. This is a bunch of BS. If he lowers his helmet more so it doesn’t hit Stafford’s chin then ole Rog will just say “Hurr, $15K for spearing/lowering the head/launching/etc”.

    It’s going to be great when a flag on one of these ticky-tack calls decides the Super Bowl.

  26. I guess it is not too late to fine Stafford for the horrible low block on a Packer 3 weeks ago after one of his interceptions.

    Also, Chuck Cecil has just been fined for his helmet to helmet hits in the 80’s.

  27. It’s like a role reversal. 1st the Texans fans are positive that every still photo and camera angle showed Suh intentionally kicking the goods, but now that Watt gets a call they point to everything that shows definitively that their man candy is innocent.

  28. I know the rule says it’s a penalty when Watt’s helmet slid up and made contact with Stafford’s chin, but …

    It’s football. It was a clean hit. The contact was incidental. That slide-up rule needs to be trashed.

    Bottom line, Watt wasn’t trying to intentionally injure Stafford. Watt is a beast and if he wanted to injure a player, that player would be out for the season.

    I think this is an approrpiate time to start making jokes about Gooddell requiring the quarterbacks to wear skirts.

  29. The picture with the article is perfect because what JJ watt is doing is a perfect form tackle the NFL says it wants players to tackle better and worried about player safety but a perfect tackle gets fined. The NFL,MLB, and NBA all need new commissioners these idiots are ruining sports

  30. You cannot lead into the qb with your helmet. I don’t understand why some of you don’t get that…Oh because it’s not Suh it’s ok. A lot of you are a bigger joke than what you say the NFL is.

  31. “I guess it is not too late to fine Stafford for the horrible low block on a Packer 3 weeks ago after one of his interceptions.”
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    Very weak…………..how do you get a low block call on a team that is on DEFENSE after the intersecption?

    He is a quarterback! Dude was trying to get somewhere near the ball carrier and fell into the fetal position to avoid contact.

    Terrible call……and calling for a fine? Even worse!

  32. I don’t get you Texan fans! I used to cheer for your team to win, even had respect.

    Now y’all sound like like a bunch of Saints fans!!!

    Come on Texans fans stop crying and stop looking over your shoulder! You only lost one game, act like a winner and not a whiner.

  33. LOL at the guy who saying that Florio/PFT is in the bag for the Lions.

    Maybe you should read this web-site. There may not be a more anti-lions website anywhere.

    People are talking about hos bad the officiating was in that game because it was on nat’l TV. Lions fans are probably complaining the least because we’re used to it. This was a pretty average week officiating wise for us.

  34. Also, Chuck Cecil has just been fined for his helmet to helmet hits in the 80′s.

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    Chuck Cecil would have ended up playing the game for free if he got fined for every hit leading with his head. And the guy supposedly weighed 170 pounds soaking wet when he played.

  35. This guy is overrated just like his team. Hope we see them again in the playoffs where we will eliminate them. AGAIN. The Texans are 1-6 against us all time. They got us when we were too injured and beat up last time. Never happen again

  36. dear defensive players,
    in the future, before making any tackles on the QB, please stop and remove your head and helmet.
    with regards,
    GOD (formerly known as roger goddell)

  37. “They got us when we were too injured and beat up last time. Never happen again”
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    Funny when Steelers fans mention their injuries, you Raven fans tell hem it’s not an excuse! Next man up TROLLS!

  38. What exactly does the NFL need more money for? A couple billion dollars a year isn’t good enough for Goodell; he needs to steal from the players.

  39. “The helmet ended up in Stafford’s chin, but no flag was thrown.”

    You mean the nfl didnt throw a flag on a play they flag 999 out of 1000 times because it was the Texans?

  40. 4

    zingo1978 says:Nov 30, 2012 5:59 PM

    It’s like a role reversal. 1st the Texans fans are positive that every still photo and camera angle showed Suh intentionally kicking the goods, but now that Watt gets a call they point to everything that shows definitively that their man candy is innocent.

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    That’s because he is, and Suh isn’t – pretty straight forward.

  41. dawgsafety13 says:Nov 30, 2012 7:25 PM

    I am going to laugh uncontrollably when JJ Watt, like Brian Cushing, is popped for steroids. Then he will be Texan worthy.
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    Cushing was never popped for steriods, so yea he’s Texan worthy alright.

  42. sgtdiver says:Nov 30, 2012 9:03 PM

    You cannot lead into the qb with your helmet. I don’t understand why some of you don’t get that…Oh because it’s not Suh it’s ok. A lot of you are a bigger joke than what you say the NFL is.
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    You’re the joke – there’s no penalty against leading into the QB with your helmet. Only leading into the QB’s head with your helmet is a penalty. Go learn something…

  43. Just a Fan says:Nov 30, 2012 9:34 PM

    I don’t get you Texan fans! I used to cheer for your team to win, even had respect.

    Now y’all sound like like a bunch of Saints fans!!!

    Come on Texans fans stop crying and stop looking over your shoulder! You only lost one game, act like a winner and not a whiner.
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    Then why is it every other week we read an article about a Packers player saying the NFL is out to get them? At least our complaints are justified.

  44. ravensdominate says:Nov 30, 2012 11:30 PM

    This guy is overrated just like his team. Hope we see them again in the playoffs where we will eliminate them. AGAIN. The Texans are 1-6 against us all time. They got us when we were too injured and beat up last time. Never happen again
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    You barely beat us last year with a 3rd string rookie QB. This year you don’t get to play at your stadium where you like it – now you get to play in ours. It will happen again, and often.

  45. Lions fan here…I don’t get what Goodell expects. Watt hit him square in the chest. Natural momentum made the helmet chin contact happen. I am still a huge football fan but I fear ol’ Roger is going to ruin football completely…getting sick of these stupid fines

  46. No team has more obnoxious and whiner fans than the TexAnnes. I guess that’s what 10 years of continuous losing does for you.

  47. blazertop says:
    Dec 1, 2012 9:57 PM
    No team has more obnoxious and whiner fans than the TexAnnes. I guess that’s what 10 years of continuous losing does for you.

    Hey, guess what. The Texans have winning records 3 of last 4 years (including this year) and the 2 years before that were 8-8. That’s not 10 years of losing. Plus, I see a ton of Lions fans on here whining just as much about poor officiating.

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