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Danny Amendola fined for hit on Jamell Fleming

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Jamell Fleming #30 of the Kansas City Chiefs is hit by Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that Danny Amendola’s block on Chiefs cornerback Jamell Fleming while Fleming was attempting to down a punt in last Saturday’s game was a “legal play,” but the officials disagreed.

Amendola, who opted not to field the punt as the punt returner, was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play. The league also disagreed with Belichick’s assessment.

Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Amendola said Friday that the league informed him that he has been fined for the hit. He didn’t disclose the amount of the fine, but the NFL’s schedule of fines for the season calls for a $23,152 fine for an illegal hit on a defenseless player.

Amedola said early in the week that he would appeal any fine for the hit and repeated that vow on Friday.

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  1. factman66 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    “Amedola said early in the week that he would appeal any fine for the hit and repeated that vow on Friday.”

    He’s guilty of a cheap shot, was flagged and fined and he won’t accept any responsibility. That’s the Patriot way. The NFLPA has a conflict of interest here, should they support him even though his actions are harmful to another union member?

  2. kissbillsrings says: Jan 22, 2016 10:53 AM

    So the NFL is now imposing fines on legal hits??!!
    Even Mike Piera said he shouldn’t have been flagged for the heads up smart play by Amendola…..put dresses on them all & they can play flag football

  3. ibelievebrady says: Jan 22, 2016 10:55 AM

    Will Larry Fitzgerald be fined? He was penalized for the same thing.

  4. joker65 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    factman66 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    “Amedola said early in the week that he would appeal any fine for the hit and repeated that vow on Friday.”

    He’s guilty of a cheap shot, was flagged and fined and he won’t accept any responsibility. That’s the Patriot way. The NFLPA has a conflict of interest here, should they support him even though his actions are harmful to another union member?
    ____

    Big fat crybaby

  5. duffelbagsports says: Jan 22, 2016 10:58 AM

    It seems they are fining players for hard hits. If the player gets whacked he’s now considered defenseless because of the quality of the hit.

    NFL, I’ll give you a good price on dresses if you buy them in bulk.

  6. bonitalocal says: Jan 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    Tough, clean, smart hit.
    If Fleming was half as alert as Amendola…..he should have been expecting it.
    It may have hurt….but it sure was a legal hit!
    Learn the Rules!

  7. pw1265 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    Good, and hope it was a HEFTY fine.

  8. chadsmith013 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:59 AM

    let me guess Pats fan…this is Goodells fault too?

  9. rollotomasi14 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    Legal hit. No fair catch was signaled, Fleming is allowed to be blocked. Pay attention next time.

  10. carloswlassiter says: Jan 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    factman66 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    He’s guilty of a cheap shot, was flagged and fined and he won’t accept any responsibility.
    ————————————————————-
    Who was the last player who got fined and did not appeal it? I can’t think of anyone.

  11. floratiotime says: Jan 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    Brady constantly whining has started a trend.

  12. tridecagon says: Jan 22, 2016 11:01 AM

    Regardless of what the rules say, they need to fix this play. If you’re the punt returner, even if you don’t call for a fair catch, the defense has to wait for the ball to arrive to tackle you. Drilling a guy while he’s looking up in the sky to field a punt is not okay, I don’t care whose team he’s on.

  13. 41chacha says: Jan 22, 2016 11:02 AM

    So what is the fine on the Colts for not revealing Andrew Lucks fractured ribs? Would have been at least a number one pick if that were Patriots!

  14. packer4life4ever says: Jan 22, 2016 11:05 AM

    He should not be allowed to play this weekend either …

  15. patfanken says: Jan 22, 2016 11:06 AM

    I forgot about the Fitzgerald hit. It WILL be interesting to see the 2 tier justice system in the NFL at work again if the league fails to fine Larry.

    Both calls were boarder line, and subject to interpretation, so I didn’t have much of a problem with the flags, though I can see the case for NOT throwing them. However neither deserved a fine unless all “roughing” calls now get fines.

  16. smasonsmith says: Jan 22, 2016 11:06 AM

    By rule: that guy wasn’t a defenseless player.

  17. The collective IQ of the haters is lower than the PSI of Brady's game balls says: Jan 22, 2016 11:07 AM

    I don’t have a problem with the fine. I don’t have a problem with the penalty. It wasn’t a cheap shot. It wasn’t a dirty play. It was a smart play. He just happened to get a little high with his attempt to flatten the gunner. I view it no different than when a receiver goes over the middle and the defender ends up hitting him in the head. It is a penalty. It ends up garnering a fine. But it doesn’t automatically mean it was an intentionally dirty cheap shot to the head. This is the NFL of 2016. No big deal

  18. 81megatron81 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:07 AM

    The “play” was legal, blocking in that situation is perfectly legal. However the hit to the head, not so much.

  19. intrafinesse says: Jan 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    It was not a legal hit. Amendola meant to hit him in the chest, but mistimed the hit and/or the target ducked and he hit him in the head. If a defensive back targets a receivers chest and the receiver ducks and the DB hits the receivers head, it’s flagged, regardless of intent.

  20. nobobyisreadingthis says: Jan 22, 2016 11:08 AM

    It turns out that the NFL doesn’t have a rule pertaining to a returner doing that. The fine and penalty will be vacated…

    #patriotway

  21. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    No suspension? Paid off, typical with the cheats.

  22. tb12bestqbevah says: Jan 22, 2016 11:09 AM

    Did the gutless cowards on Park Avenue explain in their press release exactly what rule Amendola broke?

    I ask because Mike Piera is on record saying it was a legal play and there should not have been a flag.

  23. qdog112 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:13 AM

    It was a vicious hit with the crown of the helmet. A huge fine was in order. Only a fool would argue otherwise.

    Stop all the victimization of the Pats. Frankly it’s a little ridiculous.

  24. nflequalswwe says: Jan 22, 2016 11:15 AM

    As a Pats fan I have no problem with the fine. For all the crybaby #WeAreHatriots there are two points to consider.

    The first is that virtually every player appeals every penalty, as it helps establish league precedent and may gain them a reduction.

    The second is that Amendola has NO HISTORY of this sort of penalty; hence the idea of a suspension is ludicrous. I understand you embrace excessive penalties against the Pats, but remember that absolute power corrupts absolutely and it could be the franchise you root for next.

  25. RE LEE says: Jan 22, 2016 11:16 AM

    Fitz should be fined too. We’ll be waiting…

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 22, 2016 11:16 AM

    it seems belichick can’t understand the rules. once upon a time in the playoffs, he said the hit on wes welker was the dirtiest thing he had seen, and the league declined to fine talib. this time, he says its a clean hit. and he league fines amendola.

    either he doesn’t understand the rules, or he’s full of it. or both.

  27. Patskrieg says: Jan 22, 2016 11:18 AM

    The block is legal. Unfortunately (for both parties) Amendola went too high. I think the league almost has to fine him just to be proactive on this kind of thing.

    Then again, that assumes a league office that is consistent on player safety and penalties thereof… which the NFL has absolutely not been.

  28. georgeremus says: Jan 22, 2016 11:19 AM

    This must be some Goodell to Kraft payback. Amendola should have been suspended on this hit similar to OBJ. Both players had a clean history and both hits were alike. Good job by Belichick at the beginning of the week downplaying the hit as legal when “of course” Bill knows the rules better than anyone and knew it was illegal. He was hoping by downplaying it, it might help in getting a fine instead of a suspension. Those Patriots are always thinking.

  29. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    The second is that Amendola has NO HISTORY of this sort of penalty; hence the idea of a suspension is ludicrous. I understand you embrace excessive penalties against the Pats, but remember that absolute power corrupts absolutely and it could be the franchise you root for next


    It’s the same reason for wanting Brady suspended.:)

    Patriot Hater’s team is simply not man enough to beat the World Champions on the field man to man and fair and square. Therefore, the puny little weaklings want the league to give them an advantage.:)

    It isn’t rocket science.

  30. mogogo1 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    Well, the Patriots’ radio broadcast crew said it was a good call at the time and those guys are notorious homers. Hits to the head draw fines pretty much every time.

  31. milehihoss says: Jan 22, 2016 11:21 AM

    Great hit. Shouldn’t have been flagged, or fined.
    –Bronco Fan

  32. ricko1112 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:22 AM

    The only reason the NFL decided to fine Amendola was because Bill said it was a legal hit.

    Once again, the NFL puts their definition of “integrity” on display.

    NE gets fined and loses draft picks because nature let a minimal amount of air out of their footballs. Indy’s footballs lost the same amount of air and no penalties. Carolina and Minnesota were SEEN ON LIVE TV TAMPERING WITH THEIR FOOTBALLS and all they got was a hush-hush letter.

    Indy admitted in the Wells report that they tampered with NE’s intercepted football. No penalty. In fact, I don’t think it’s even legal to have needles on the sidelines. No penalty despite the fact that Indy is the dirtiest team in the NFL!

    Against the Ratbirds last year, NE uses a 100% legal play that’s been accepted for years. Guess what? It’s immediately banned. This year, the Baltimorons used the same play over and over. No penalty.

    Next, the NFL will declare that NE can only use 8 men and their touchdowns only count as 4 points.

    Every new rule and decision the NFL makes is aimed directly at the Patriots.

  33. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 22, 2016 11:23 AM

    These comments make me lose faith in humanity. The Chiefs player was no where close to him and trying to keep the ball from going into the end zone. Amendola completely blindsided him out of no where and lead with his crown.

    Fitzgerald did a block on a play. And he’s a class act. Completely different situations. Bill is known for cheating and employing Hernandez, not surprised he would use that as his stance. Most stained coach in history.

  34. nflequalswwe says: Jan 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    “…hit similar to OBJ”.

    Best embodiment of Patriot Derangement Syndrome yet. You sir, are certifiably insane.

    In once instance a notoriously hotheaded player out of control for an entire game speared another player in the head after play was dead.

    In the second a guy with no history misjudged the level of his block, and should be fined as are defenders in that instance.

  35. flash1287 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:26 AM

    81megatron81 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:07 AM
    The “play” was legal, blocking in that situation is perfectly legal. However the hit to the head, not so much.

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    intrafinesse says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:08 AM
    It was not a legal hit. Amendola meant to hit him in the chest, but mistimed the hit and/or the target ducked and he hit him in the head. If a defensive back targets a receivers chest and the receiver ducks and the DB hits the receivers head, it’s flagged, regardless of intent.

    Yeah, you’re both WRONG.

    He DID NOT hit him in the head.

  36. stealthjunk says: Jan 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    Pats fans yesterday: Tackling Gronk at the knees to bring him down is dirty even if it’s technically legal. The Broncos are a dirty team and should be fined.

    Pats fans today: Drilling someone helmet-to-helmet during a punt return is a smart play and completely legal — there should not be a fine. The NFL is made up of a bunch of pansies.

    Not a surprise from the most blinded fan base in the country that actually believes The Deflator was trying to lose weight. Even the Pats and their lawyers have stopped trying to defend that one.

  37. tigerlilac says: Jan 22, 2016 11:31 AM

    For my edification, do any Patriots fans hang out on the threads of other teams and constantly trash talk? I haven’t noticed that happening, just isolated experiences and postings. Pats threads are different. The top five poster are Patriots haters who get their panties in a bunch over inane controversies like a block by Amendola or a Belichick press conference.

  38. graylingskies says: Jan 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    My initial reaction at the time of Amendola’s hit was what the hell is he doing? Not for the penalty, but for the incredible stupidity of what he did. Amendola knew the guy was keying in on catching the punt so he makes a block directly under the descending ball. If the ball had touched Amendola it would have been ruled a fumble followed by a KC recovery and possible TD. Forget the league, the Pats should have fined him.

  39. qbarrel says: Jan 22, 2016 11:33 AM

    If you fine Amendola for that hit, then how the eff does Shazier not get fined?

    He should appeal on the basis of league bias. He was fined for the logo on the side of his helmet.

  40. piscataquis007 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    Now wait just a minute, You can’t penalize us!!!
    We’re the Patriots!
    Everyone knows the rules don’t apply to us.

  41. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    Helmet to helmet hit. Illegal.

    It’s that simple.

  42. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Jan 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    dirty player & serial cheater.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:36 AM

    It was a legal hit though a hard one. He was coming from the front side of the player he hit and he hit him hard but not helmet to helmet. The target was ignoring Amendola and not looking out for himself like he should have.

    Reminds me of when I still watched MLB and in the twilight of his career Pete Rose went to the Phillies. They were in the playoffs and Rose was charging around 3rd base heading for home and the throw beat him. The catcher was almost twice his weight probably and obviously expected Rose to try and slide around him. Pete barreled into him at full speed, flattened the guy who dropped ball and Rose scored.

    Moral of the story is always expect the hit and be prepared. Especially in football. The KC player should have been paying attention to the field around him.

  44. annes22 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:36 AM

    Good, he deserved it, it was a horrible hit.

  45. dejc421 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    factman66 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM

    “Amedola said early in the week that he would appeal any fine for the hit and repeated that vow on Friday.”

    He’s guilty of a cheap shot, was flagged and fined and he won’t accept any responsibility. That’s the Patriot way. The NFLPA has a conflict of interest here, should they support him even though his actions are harmful to another union member?
    ——————
    Ridiculous … Almost every week and every team has a player fined for a hit and files for an appeal. That’s the Patriot, Jets, Cowboys, Steelers, Cardinals, Raiders, Chargers, Bengals, Browns, Panthers, Rams, Dolphins, Bills, Redskins, Giants, Eagles, etc. …WAY.

  46. bullcharger says: Jan 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    Amendola was allowed to block in that instance, but it was deemed unnecessarily rough. That can be called any time, and it was the right call there.

    It wasn’t because it was a hit to the head or neck (Fleming wasn’t a defenseless player). It was just a head down, launching block that was unnecessarily rough.

  47. 3rdngoal says: Jan 22, 2016 11:38 AM

    As a Pats fan, I don’t think this was a smart play as some have indicated.

    First, he has his back to the ball in the field of play and is heading right into the area where the kicking team receiver is attempting to field the ball. The ball could have hit Amendola in the back and been recovered by the Chiefs within the 10yd line. Not a smart play.

    Second, he was heading back towards his end zone and that by rule makes him ineligible to block some one. So the play is definitely a penalty.

  48. 3rdngoal says: Jan 22, 2016 11:40 AM

    qbarrel says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:33 AM
    If you fine Amendola for that hit, then how the eff does Shazier not get fined?

    He should appeal on the basis of league bias. He was fined for the logo on the side of his helmet.

    —————–

    Because Bernard was a receiver that had caught the ball but turned into a runner. Far different play than what Amendola did. Not even close.

  49. delhommed says: Jan 22, 2016 11:41 AM

    The block isn’t legal! His head was down and he was targeting the defender’s head with the crown of his helmet. Similar to what Beckham did to Norman but not nearly that cheap. Beckham should have been suspended 3 games and Amendola 1

  50. tajuara says: Jan 22, 2016 11:43 AM

    How was that hit different to the one that VB gave to AB? Amendola is not a repeat offender, but that hit was low class.

  51. flash1287 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:47 AM

    delhommed says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:41 AM
    The block isn’t legal! His head was down and he was targeting the defender’s head with the crown of his helmet. Similar to what Beckham did to Norman but not nearly that cheap. Beckham should have been suspended 3 games and Amendola 1

    Except he did not hit him in the helmet

  52. bartor1544 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:48 AM

    The rule amendola broke is based on the direction he was moving. You actually can’t hit in the direction of your own goal line in the NFL – weird but true.

    He DID NOT hit him in the head. He did not lead with the crown of his helmet – it was a shoulder hit in the upper chest. Those of you that say he hit him in the head need to rewatch the play.

    The flag was correct, the rule was designed to prevent peal-back blocks which can be very dangerous. In this case, everyone knows the flag was thrown because of the violence of the hit – but it was still technically against the rules because of the direction.

  53. orangecrush78 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:49 AM

    It appears he didn’t mean to hit him in the head, but he still hit him in the head. I like the idea of suspending or fining on intent, not if there in an injury or not. The rule says its a “legal play” but this is a rule that needs to be changed. he could have easily left the game with a concussion or severe injury on a non-significant play.
    Seems to go against the idea of the spirit of the game in my eyes.

  54. whywerule says: Jan 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    graylingskies says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:33 AM
    My initial reaction at the time of Amendola’s hit was what the hell is he doing? Not for the penalty, but for the incredible stupidity of what he did…. If the ball had touched Amendola it would have been ruled a fumble followed by a KC recovery and possible TD…

    That is a very good point, probably the best point made in this thread, and one this Pats fan had never considered.

    I think the fine was appropriate in spite of the fact that it was not a helmet to helmet hit as multiple people on this thread have claimed, but I do think it was unnecessary roughness (again, not something that Amendola had ever done in his career; he is not Burfict or James Harrison).

    Still, your point that the Pats probably should have disciplined him under the scenario you described is interesting and arguably valid.

  55. georgeremus says: Jan 22, 2016 11:53 AM

    “…hit similar to OBJ”.

    “Best embodiment of Patriot Derangement Syndrome yet. You sir, are certifiably insane.”

    This is not the correct way to look at it. OBJ’s mental state at the time compared to Amendola means nothing. There have been plenty of controlled NFL players who like to apply dirty hits, many controlled players like Amendola that mistakenly applied an illegal hit. Doesn’t matter, it all comes down to a hit that could significantly injure someone, regardless of the mental state or intent. If if you can’t see that then drop your pom-poms, something is wrong with you. Even the best players make mistakes.

  56. dave399 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    If you fine Amendola for that hit, then how the eff does Shazier not get fined?

    ——————————–

    shazier means “poops” in German. No lie.

  57. quinzze says: Jan 22, 2016 11:57 AM

    In other news the Patriots are 22-1 in the last 23 games Edelman has played in… So there’s that.

  58. johnodocks says: Jan 22, 2016 11:57 AM

    Belichick needs to read the rule book.

  59. qbarrel says: Jan 22, 2016 11:58 AM

    qbarrel says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:33 AM
    If you fine Amendola for that hit, then how the eff does Shazier not get fined?

    He should appeal on the basis of league bias. He was fined for the logo on the side of his helmet.

    —————–

    Because Bernard was a receiver that had caught the ball but turned into a runner. Far different play than what Amendola did. Not even close.

    ————–

    Coverage team players are not considered “defenseless”. Like runners, they are not afforded any protection under the “defenseless receiver” rule.

  60. warrensip says: Jan 22, 2016 11:58 AM

    Every game I’ve seen when anyone lower the crown of the helmet to use as a weapon is flagged.

    You might get away with this in a bunch of players, one on one it’s flagged all the time.

  61. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 11:59 AM

    t seems belichick can’t understand the rules. once upon a time in the playoffs, he said the hit on wes welker was the dirtiest thing he had seen, and the league declined to fine talib. this time, he says its a clean hit. and he league fines amendola.

    either he doesn’t understand the rules, or he’s full of it. or both.

    —————-

    Refresh our memories…..exactly when did Welker get flattened with a huge hit defending a punt return?

  62. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    Little crybaby goes with big cry Brady baby…

    Pay your cheap shot fine…!!

  63. dukebroadway says: Jan 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    Lets get some facts straight. Piera said it wasnt a penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver as that only applies to an offense receicer. There is a penalty for the crack back block. The natuee of the hit alone lends itself for scrutiny by the nfl. They want to protect players and by allowing a cowardly block to someone chin with to your helmet needs to be addressed. Personally I would like to see the nfl take a page from the NCAA regarding targeting. If they review it and you did. Out for the game. Period.

  64. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 22, 2016 12:08 PM

    My initial reaction at the time of Amendola’s hit was what the hell is he doing? Not for the penalty, but for the incredible stupidity of what he did. Amendola knew the guy was keying in on catching the punt so he makes a block directly under the descending ball.

    ————————————-

    His line is thinking that the ball was going to be placed inside the ten no matter what so he will take the fifteen yards.

    People saying this hit was clean are trolling or smoking something. Fitzgerald did a block on a throw, Amendola did a blindside cheapshot that was not needed.

  65. j0esixpack says: Jan 22, 2016 12:09 PM

    Amendola can easily get this penalty waived

    All he has to do is bow down at the altar of Goodell, the Emperor who wears no clothes.

    All he has to do is:

    1.) Admit the legal hit was illegal
    2.) Admit that the Laws of Physics do not apply to the NFL
    3.) State, under penalty of torture by Cardassians, that he sees FIVE lights instead of four

    (Tip of the hat to anyone gets the Star Trek/Picard reference – but Goodell’s insistence that the Cold does not impact PSI is no less delusional)

  66. wikidpissah says: Jan 22, 2016 12:11 PM

    It’s interesting that when Mike Carey was asked about the play he couldn’t give a reason for the call. Unnecessary Roughness means it was okay to hit him, just not that hard I guess. It’s become a common sight during NFL games to see a flag every time a big hit occurs.

    Amendola isn’t a dirty player, this is the first time I’ve seen him involved in anything like this. As a slot receiver, he takes hits like that on a regular basis. He probably just saw it as a chance to get in a lick of his own.

  67. kcflake says: Jan 22, 2016 12:13 PM

    Man, patriots fans are the Biggest Whiners in history. Id absolutely Everything does not go their way, they whine like bitches. Wow. I am sure glad I am not a pats fan.

    Not to mention the fact that the new England patriots have cheated to win championships, Repeatedly. Oh, but pats fans don;t want to hear about that.

  68. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jan 22, 2016 12:15 PM

    Refresh our memories…..exactly when did Welker get flattened with a huge hit defending a punt return?

    the hit on welker was actually a hit by welker when he blew up talib (then on the pats) while running a pick play in the first quarter of the playoff game in 2014. nfl.com said:

    Bill Belichick was steaming mad about the Wes Welker block that knocked Aqib Talib out of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

  69. pastabelly says: Jan 22, 2016 12:16 PM

    Everyone appeals fines. What’s the big deal here?

    I remember when some Patriots fans accused Amendola of being “soft”. They certainly can’t say that anymore. He plays a tough game and isn’t afraid of going into the middle of the field.

    As far as Amendola goes, I hope the team is able to re-work his deal rather than cut him. The team needs to realize the investment in Amendola in getting him on the same page with Brady. He really is the third option after Gronk/Edelman.

  70. wikidpissah says: Jan 22, 2016 12:18 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:

    People saying this hit was clean are trolling or smoking something. Fitzgerald did a block on a throw, Amendola did a blindside cheapshot that was not needed.
    —————————————————————–

    Maybe you can enlighten us all on how he was able to make a “blindside” hit directly into Fleming’s chest and neck.

  71. ricko1112 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:22 PM

    Shoulder to shoulder hits are legal.

    All the haters say that it’s fine for defenders to dislocate Gronk’s knees and put him in a bear hug on every play. But when he struggles to free himself, it’s called pushing off.

    They get upset because Brady looks for a flag after defenders are allowed to tee off on him 2 seconds after he passes the ball.

    You should pick a team and root for them. It seems like all you do is root against NE. Football is more fun when you actually have a team to cheer for.

  72. scottbrowning2 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:22 PM

    It seems to me that if he leads with the crown of his helmet it can’t be a legal hit. It looked to me like he used the helmet. I am not sure I agree that the play was dirty. He is an offensive player (and a finesse one at that) and I don’t expect him to have all the same technique for making contact. He did it wrong. S**t happens. Nobody was hurt. The better team won. Pay the fine, move on, and whoop some tail in Denver. This is just not that big of a deal.

  73. patsfan56 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:23 PM

    All I know is…I have been a football fan for over 40 years, first game I attended was Jim Plunketts first start in Foxboro at the old stadium! In all my years of being a fan I don’t think I knew the name of ANY referee…until the last couple years. Referee’s are not supposed to become famous and not get any attention as it pertains to their work. Goodell’s NFL? They are now more famous than many players and sometimes I think they call penalty’s just to be noticed! I like Grudens idea about abolishing replays too-let em play!

  74. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 22, 2016 12:24 PM

    Don’t listen to Factman66. Tom Brady refused to sign his TB12 poster and he has been hurt ever since.

    Fact is the hit was legal, but it was also pretty dirty.

  75. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:37 PM

    No surprise that Hateroids who think cold doesn’t soften balls think it was a helmet first hit.

    But we don’t have to argue, just google the play and watch the slo mo. No helmet contact, shoulder to chest. If you can’t see that you should be an umpire.

  76. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    pattyarbuccholz says:
    Jan 22, 2016 12:24 PM
    Don’t listen to Factman66. Tom Brady refused to sign his TB12 poster and he has been hurt ever since.

    Fact is the hit was legal, but it was also pretty dirty.

    How is a shoulder to the chest dirty?

  77. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:43 PM

    thefirstsmilergrogan says:
    Jan 22, 2016 12:15 PM
    Refresh our memories…..exactly when did Welker get flattened with a huge hit defending a punt return?

    the hit on welker was actually a hit by welker when he blew up talib (then on the pats) while running a pick play in the first quarter of the playoff game in 2014. nfl.com said:

    Bill Belichick was steaming mad about the Wes Welker block that knocked Aqib Talib out of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

    And Blandino said the Welker hit was legal. So Bill is now going by the rule, which seem to change regularly when it benefits a Pats opponent.

  78. kcflake says: Jan 22, 2016 12:45 PM

    People saying this hit was clean are trolling or smoking something. Fitzgerald did a block on a throw, Amendola did a blindside cheapshot that was not needed.
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    Maybe you can enlighten us all on how he was able to make a “blindside” hit directly into Fleming’s chest and neck.

    wikidpissah, Did you see the play? Must not have or else you wouldn’t be asking the question you just asked.

  79. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:50 PM

    Watch the video again,

    Fleming’s face mask is pointed in the direction of Amendola. Amendola is looking right at Fleming. Fleming is looking up. Amendola comes straight at him. Look at the camera angle that shows Amendola’s back. You can clearly see that there’s no helmet contact with Fleming’s face mask, only his right shoulder. In slo mo it clearly shows no movement of Fleming’s helmet.

    It was a good, clean hard hit. Anyone who says different needs a remedial course in football

    Welker hit Talib from the side while Talib was watching the QB. There’s no way he could see Welker. These are completely different plays.

  80. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:52 PM

    kcflake says:
    Jan 22, 2016 12:13 PM
    Man, patriots fans are the Biggest Whiners in history. Id absolutely Everything does not go their way, they whine like bitches. Wow. I am sure glad I am not a pats fan.

    We’re glad you’re not as well.

  81. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 22, 2016 12:54 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    How is a shoulder to the chest dirty?

    —–

    Simple. Dude was looking up at the ball defenseless and Amendola seeked him out and ruined him when he launched. Once again, it wasn’t illegal, it was just dirty. I’m a Pats fan, but I can understand these things.

  82. imodan says: Jan 22, 2016 12:55 PM

    Actually I’m thrilled the Patriots retained a draft pick or two after the “never before in the history of football has there ever been a more dirty block” than what that 180 pound monster put on that Chief player. That guy was more embarrassed than hurt. Planted by the smallest guy on the field. Damn he must have taken some real crap during film sessions.

  83. mancave001 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:07 PM

    I hate the Pats, but inhale to say that was a perfectly legal and clean hit as I understand the rules. He didn’t launch. He didn’t lead with helmet or initially can navy the helmet. It was s hard hit. If you want that out of the game, you’ll have to specific valley ban deceiving the kicking team and then blocking. Maybe Goodell will make the returners promise that they’ll try to catch the ball.

  84. bertilfox says: Jan 22, 2016 1:11 PM

    He didn’t have to see it on film…he is home for the winter.

  85. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2016 1:14 PM

    Well so much for the Pats trolls who insisted Amendola did nothing wrong. The same crew who insists that being nicknamed “the Deflator” really does have to do with losing weight.

    Amendola is Burfict East. Both guys deserve to be sitting out this week, unfortunately only one is. The fact is, this hit was on a guy who had nothing to do with the play and in many ways was worse than what Burfict did.

    Amendola should be suspended — the fact he isn’t puts to rest the whine that the Patriots are being targeted by the league. The only targeting being done is by a Patriots player here.

  86. swmocardsfan says: Jan 22, 2016 1:45 PM

    Totally overlooking the hit….I am confused why he wasn’t ejected for throwing punches in the aftermath?? I thought if a player threw a punch in a game, it was an automatic ejection?

  87. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 22, 2016 1:51 PM

    swmocardsfan says:
    Jan 22, 2016 1:45 PM
    Totally overlooking the hit….I am confused why he wasn’t ejected for throwing punches in the aftermath?? I thought if a player threw a punch in a game, it was an automatic ejection?

    Shouldn’t the player who grabbed his facemask and tried to pull his head off be tossed as well?

    Guess it’s not a dirty play unless it’s a Pat, right?

  88. eddyjf says: Jan 22, 2016 1:58 PM

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    factman66 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 10:50 AM
    “Amedola said early in the week that he would appeal any fine for the hit and repeated that vow on Friday.”

    He’s guilty of a cheap shot, was flagged and fined and he won’t accept any responsibility. That’s the Patriot way.

    ———————

    Perhaps you most intelligent comment to date. I believe Amedola and Brady are the only players in NFL history to file appeals. Darn those Pats.

  89. atthemurph says: Jan 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    That was a cheap shot. Amendola is lucky someone didn’t break his leg after that.

  90. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:41 PM

    Should have been suspended three games like Burfict.

  91. cliffclavin2015 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:55 PM

    Me Wright. I hit this hit was worse than Burdicts quite honestly.

  92. TheDPR says: Jan 22, 2016 3:04 PM

    Hitting the guy in that situation isn’t what was illegal, it was hitting him too high, I believe. A player on the receiving team has every right to block an opponent to keep him away from the ball. If he’d have shoved him with his hands there would have been no penalty and no fine. He launched into him, and even though he appeared to try to get low, he still hit Fleming in the facemask (which is considered part of the head/helmet).

    It wasn’t a dirty hit, from the look of it, but he *did* unintentionally hit him in the “head” which is a no-no in this league.

  93. zigthepatsfan says: Jan 22, 2016 3:57 PM

    Just pay the fine, and get on to Denver

  94. lanman11 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:23 PM

    it seems belichick can’t understand the rules. once upon a time in the playoffs, he said the hit on wes welker was the dirtiest thing he had seen, and the league declined to fine talib. this time, he says its a clean hit. and he league fines amendola.

    either he doesn’t understand the rules, or he’s full of it. or both.

    ***********************************************

    Get it straight. It was Welker (as a Bronco) that hit Talib (who was a Patriot) in the AFC Championship game two years ago in Denver. Talib had an existing hip injury. Welker did a crossing route and threw himself into Talib’s hip and knocked him out of the game. This is what the Broncos teach, and you can bet they will be diving at knees and landing on feet in hopes of knocking players out of the game this Sunday. It’s just how they are. It’s their history. You can look it up. It will all be deemed “coincidental” by the Denver players and probably most of the media, but it doesn;t change the fact that it is clearly dirty, and happens EVERY time the Broncos play a game where they feel threatened and entitled.

  95. blogatron2000 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:01 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:36 AM
    It was a legal hit though a hard one. He was coming from the front side of the player he hit and he hit him hard but not helmet to helmet. The target was ignoring Amendola and not looking out for himself like he should have.

    Moral of the story is always expect the hit and be prepared. Especially in football. The KC player should have been paying attention to the field around him.

    ______________________________________

    He should have been watching Amendola instead of trying to do his job and catch/down the ball? That is without a doubt the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard on this subject. Players who don’t perform because they’re too busy avoiding hits don’t last long in the NFL.

    As for the hit, it was crown of the helmet to the facemask and chest. Intention aside, a penalty and fine were deserved.

  96. blogatron2000 says: Jan 22, 2016 5:07 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:31 AM
    For my edification, do any Patriots fans hang out on the threads of other teams and constantly trash talk? I haven’t noticed that happening, just isolated experiences and postings. Pats threads are different. The top five poster are Patriots haters who get their panties in a bunch over inane controversies like a block by Amendola or a Belichick press conference.
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    BTW, This is also a Chiefs thread…

  97. wikidpissah says: Jan 22, 2016 5:21 PM

    kcflake says:

    wikidpissah, Did you see the play? Must not have or else you wouldn’t be asking the question you just asked.
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    Of course I did, did you? A blindside hit is just that, from the back of a player where he’s unable to see the hit coming. Amendola hit Fleming straight on, in the chest.

    For a right handed QB, the left tackle protects his blindside, meaning his back is turned and he can’t see a hit that’s coming.

    Have you ever watched football before?

  98. fanofpft says: Jan 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    He deserves to be cut down this w/e.

  99. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 22, 2016 6:22 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:31 AM
    For my edification, do any Patriots fans hang out on the threads of other teams and constantly trash talk? I haven’t noticed that happening, just isolated experiences and postings. Pats threads are different. The top five poster are Patriots haters who get their panties in a bunch over inane controversies like a block by Amendola or a Belichick press conference.
    ————————————————–

    omg are you SERIOUS? The most notorious trolls are Pats trolls. That “lol@thepatshaters” troll literally must have a full-time job hanging out on other team’s threads he does it so much. (Ironically– and cluelessly — he has no idea how foolish this makes him look given his handle.) He’s just one of at least a dozen chowderhead haters.

    And don’t get me started on how much time Pats fans spend gaming the thumbs up/down voting system. They must need finger surgery after clicking so much.

    Pats fans aren’t just the biggest trolls here, they’re the biggest hypocrites.

  100. slick50ks says: Jan 22, 2016 8:29 PM

    Why would anyone use Mike Piera for a reference on a good call? He’s as worthless as a Pats fan.

    It was a dirty crack back shot that should have got him ejected.

    When a guy on my team plays dirty, I don’t defend it.

  101. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 22, 2016 8:31 PM

    Pats fans aren’t just the biggest trolls here, they’re the biggest hypocrites.
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    And, what do you know, the biggest hypocrite of them all calling others hypocrites. Nobody trolls more than this clueless loser.

  102. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 22, 2016 8:38 PM

    The fact is, this hit was on a guy who had nothing to do with the play …
    —————
    Fleming was trying to down the ball. Amendola was trying to block him from doing that!!!!!
    Clueless indeed.

  103. kelsey59 says: Jan 23, 2016 2:26 AM

    He should have been thrown out of the game.

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