Rams coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday that “it was clear to everybody that there was a mistake made” when officials penalized defensive tackle Michael Brockers for roughing Bears quarterback Josh McCown during last Sunday’s Rams win.
The NFL agreed with Fisher’s assertion that referee Jerome Boger’s crew blundered when they threw a flag on the play. PFT has confirmed with the league that Brockers was not fined for the hit, something that rarely happens when the league believes that a hit has broken the rules and jeopardized the safety of other players.
It is one of several brutal calls from last week’s games that fuel a desire to see personal fouls be added to the list of calls subject to instant replay review during games. The speed of the game can make it very difficult for officials to judge where a hit is made and whether or not there are any extenuating circumstances that contributed to the play so it makes sense to use the technology available to be sure calls that can swing games are actually correct.
The league also confirmed that Rams defensive end Chris Long hasn’t been fined for leaving the team’s bench to pull his brother, Bears guard Kyle Long, away from a Rams player during a scuffle. The younger Long was fined $7,875 for his actions, which included an attempted kick on Rams defensive end William Hayes. Bears fullback Tony Fiammetta was fined the same amount for a facemask violation from last weekend’s game.