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League office will pick through video to hand out Jets-Pats fines

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The headline from the post script to the Thursday night game between the Jets and Patriots was the low hit from Jets center Nick Mangold against Pats cornerback Aqib Talib, chased by a brouhaha that resulted in Jets offensive linemen Willie Colon and D’Brickashaw Ferguson being ejected.

But there will be even more to the story.  The league office will, we’re told, pick through all available video to determine who should be disciplined beyond Mangold, Colon, and Ferguson.  That includes the game broadcast, the coaching film, and any footage collected by NFL Films cameras.

We’ve looked at the game broadcast and the NFL Game Rewind coaching tape.  Based on what we’ve seen, several guys should expect to hear from the league office.

Colon and Ferguson were the primary aggressors for the Jets, but offensive lineman Vlad Ducasse also enters the fray.  Ducasse doesn’t seem to take a swing at anyone, but he quickly becomes a pin cushion for fists/open hands to the head from Patriots defensive lineman Michael Buchanan, Patriots defensive lineman Joe Vellano, and Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who knows a thing or two about taking swings at people.

Apparentlystirred up by a head butt from Colon, Dennard’s first effort at hitting Ducasse resulted in a swing, a miss, and a pratfall.  Then, after both Dennard and Ducasse were pulled away from the action and presumably had begun to calm down, Pats quarterback Ryan Mallett gives Ducasse a one-armed shoulder shove, Ducasse shoves back, and here comes Alfonzo.

Dennard applies a sucker punch to the face mask/helmet area of Ducasse, who reacts by getting in Dennard’s face but doesn’t retaliate.

The league office could see even more as the powers-that-be attempt to reconstruct the Royal Rumble that unfolded along the New England sideline.  But the guys who are seen throwing hands/fists to the heads of opponents likely will be hearing from 345 Park Avenue.

The level of discipline could be significant, since the NFL seems to regard with more gravity action that occurs after the whistle.  In 2011, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was suspended for a post-play stomp on the arm of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith.  In the 2013 preseason, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith received a three-game suspension (two in the preseason) for swinging a helmet at the unhelmeted head of Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito.

Regardless, plenty of additional contributions will soon be made to the Human Fund, once the NFL parses through the cluster of humanity that exchanged pleasantries at the end of Thursday night’s game.

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30 Responses to “League office will pick through video to hand out Jets-Pats fines”
  1. justandrews says: Sep 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    …unless the tapes show evidence of wrongdoing by the Patriots in which case they will be destroyed.

  2. classyjacklambert says: Sep 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    Ugh I don’t envy anyone having to watch that one again.

  3. giantssb42champs says: Sep 15, 2013 9:38 AM

    BB has some incredibly pristine video of the entire fracas.

  4. delmonte55 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:46 AM

    NFL can fine all they want…..it doesn’t stop anything.

  5. billshoodie says: Sep 15, 2013 9:49 AM

    at least they came with knuckles

  6. surfinbird1 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:09 AM

    Surprised at that cheap shot by Mangold. Maybe shouldn’t be surprised at anything anymore.

  7. hartleechung says: Sep 15, 2013 10:09 AM

    Ridiculous that BB had to make sure the ejected players were taken off the field.

    The “pro” refs should know that. Imagine if that happened with the non-union replacement refs?

  8. klaxblue says: Sep 15, 2013 10:22 AM

    Talib was spinning in the air and in bounds when Mangold launched himself. If you go frame by frame, you’ll see that. Mangold isn’t a dirty player. It wasn’t a cheap shot.

  9. melikefootball says: Sep 15, 2013 10:42 AM

    The league and refs have lost control of the game. The refs have so much inconsistency in how they call a game from crew to crew, you as a fan have no idea what you will be watching. Not sure they know what they are watching, yet we ran down the replacement officials.

  10. brunder says: Sep 15, 2013 11:14 AM

    Maybe mallet will get suspended and they will bring back Tebow

  11. ajg314 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:34 AM

    And maybe if Florio examines the tape a bit deeper, he’ll easily see Belichick getting in Mangold’s face with what I’m sure are some words which I’ll bet didn’t exactly help defuse the confrontation.

  12. lowdown49 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:43 AM

    IMO if the league hands out fines to players throwing punches in this game they have to fine Clay Mathews for throwing punches as well. As of now Mathews has only been fined for his out of bounds hit on Kaep. They cannot fine one player for punching another player and not fine another for the same thing.

  13. jonevans83 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:45 AM

    Ban half the Patriots team for leaving the sideline for half the season.

  14. malkinrulez says: Sep 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    David was fined $7800 for a shove Mangold should be fined at least 4 times that for launching at a players knee

  15. damnsureis says: Sep 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Am I the only who sees the futility of punching a man wearing a football helmet in the head?

  16. cliverush says: Sep 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    Both teams should be fined for the horrible level of play put on display during the entire game.

  17. doublezero74 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:33 PM

    Stupid Jets ruin everything

  18. aljack88 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:50 PM

    This was first posted this morning, 1st comment was posted around 9:30 am. With 13 games going on, this is the “latest” news?

  19. mmmulligan says: Sep 15, 2013 8:02 PM

    Patriots fans – whoa is me, lets boo players that get injured and have to be taken off via cart.

  20. patsbrat says: Sep 15, 2013 8:22 PM

    It’s quite a stretch to compare this to the Suh stomp of a player on the ground or ripping of a players helmet and bashing him with it.

    This was much more comparable with the scrum at the sidelines of the 49ers – GB game in week 1 when Kap got hit out of bounds.

  21. acdc84 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:30 PM

    I don’t see how any act and corresponding discipline can be compared to that dirty cheap-shot kick-to-the-groin after-the-whistle-stomping DT from DET…

  22. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Sep 15, 2013 8:33 PM

    “Quickly becomes a pincushion for fists/open hands to the head”, I don’t usually say this, but this article had some nice writing in it.

  23. stoopidfool says: Sep 15, 2013 8:47 PM

    All of it is Mangolds fault

  24. brazzz01 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:29 PM

    When will the commissioner fold the Patriots franchise for Spygate?

  25. bleedsoe9mm says: Sep 15, 2013 9:36 PM

    Suspend Mangold for trying to end a guys career with a cheap shot and be done with it

  26. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 15, 2013 9:39 PM

    Are you going to at all bring up Dennard being punched in the head by multiple Jets while he was on his hands and knees on the ground? Or is that not enough of an M. Night Shymalan twist for this article?

    Fine all guilty parties, regardless of the team. But suspend Mangold. No question about that.

  27. jimjets says: Sep 15, 2013 9:42 PM

    as Rex said… “I guess we were the only ones involved in it”

  28. joestemme says: Sep 16, 2013 2:15 AM

    With all the back in forth described in the article, yet only the 3 Jets were penalized on the field at the time.

  29. kperagine says: Sep 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    Was I the only one who laughed when only Jets players were thrown out? Was it that one sided of a fight? Pats just sat there and took it? I doubt it…

  30. bigbamboom1 says: Sep 16, 2013 11:51 AM

    I am very uncomfortable with this entire fine process in the league. And not just as it relates to the Patriots. I fell sort of squeamish about how they do this. Like fining families about the transgressions of the father. especially when most of those fines are “Judgment calls”. IMO this entire fine process has become a revenue center for the NFL. And they use it arbitrarily to build funds for NFL Charities. The Players Union should target this authority process. Or at least become much more aggressive in its appeal responsibility.

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