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Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart “absolutely” will appeal their fines

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is sacked in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Darian Stewart won’t be surrendering their cash for hits on Cam Newton quickly or happily. Both said on Wednesday that they will appeal fines imposed for illegal hits on the Panthers quarterback.

“Absolutely, you have to appeal,” Marshall told reporters regarding his $24,309 fine. “No matter what happens, I have to appeal it. That’s a lot of money, think about it.”

Marshall seemed to be far more bothered by the amount of the fine than the fact that a fine was imposed.

“That’s a huge fine,” Marshall said. “I know what it looks like. I know what it looked like. It looked bad, but that’s a lot of money. That’s what I’m upset about.”

Stewart will appeal his fine, too.

“I absolutely will,” Stewart told reporters. “I will definitely appeal the fine. . . . I was just trying to make a play. I was just being aggressive, but not really trying to aim for the head.”

That argument overlooks the reality that Stewart still is prohibited from striking Newton with Stewart’s helmet anywhere, in the head or otherwise. Which makes it seem as if the common public misconception regarding what is and isn’t permitted when striking a passer (no blows to the head and neck of the passer, no contact anywhere with the defender’s helmet) also are common within the Denver locker room.

“I’ll just say this, we play hard and we’re going to continue to play hard,” coach Gary Kubiak said regarding the issue of fines for hitting Newton. “It’s really difficult defensively when you have a quarterback who goes from a passer to a runner and you’re committed and you’re committed as a football player and that’s what both of these guys were. We understand that you have to stay away from the head, we understand those types of things, but we’re going to continue to play hard, that one’s in the past, we’re moving on.”

Kubiak’s reference to a quarterback who runs and who passes echoes an explanation provided this week by NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino on NFL Network, where he explained that the running or passing posture of the quarterback dictates where and how he can be hit. It’s an issue that arose a year ago, after Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hit former Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford low after Bradford had completed a handoff following a read-option handoff. As to Newton, however, all of the illegal hits came when he was clearly in a passing posture.

Regardless of whether the Broncos agree or disagree, the fines put the players on clear notice of the expectations of the league. It’s now up to the officials to do a better job of spotting all fouls against all quarterbacks in real time — and for the league to consider applying a more aggressive disciplinary schedule, since plenty of players seem to be willing to risk a fine. Few would be willing to risk an ejection or a suspension.

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8 Responses to “Brandon Marshall, Darian Stewart “absolutely” will appeal their fines”
  1. tbraiders says: Sep 15, 2016 1:03 AM

    Stewart left his feet twice, lunging helmet first and should be suspended. Marshall did it once. Not only is it dirty, it is terrible technique. You can bring the pain without using your helmet as a weapon. I hope both of these players get what they are due on the field this season.

  2. jon11x says: Sep 15, 2016 1:19 AM

    The equivalent fine for someone making $40,000 a year would be $30.40 – which is the cost of a parking ticket in a lot of cities. these numbers are not big to these guys. They probably get back door reimbursements anyway. Fines mean nothing to them.

  3. morbidtaint says: Sep 15, 2016 2:43 AM

    These fines add up to less than 1% of these player’s salaries this year. I honestly don’t care if they appeal their fines and win, because the fines mean nothing to begin with.

  4. jayhawk6 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:28 AM

    If this happens again in a Denver game–and it sounds likely to happen–there should be suspensions, even multiple game suspensions, for the players and coaching staff and a seven figure fine for the team.

  5. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 15, 2016 5:22 AM

    Let’s hear from the Denver fans who thought Brady should just take his medicine and shut up.

    Stewart and Kubiak are both liars. They’ve both seen the replay by now. Think Gary would feel the same if these hits hits been delivered to his QB?

  6. aquineas1 says: Sep 15, 2016 6:51 AM

    “That’s a lot of money.” Precisely.

  7. bkostela says: Sep 15, 2016 12:09 PM

    I think a fair compromise to the rule would be that the penalized player be removed from the game while the affected player is being evaluated, however long that takes. It could be one play or the rest of the game, or not at all (if no evaluation is deemed necessary). Normal fines and suspensions, if appropriate, would follow during the week.

  8. davemishsr says: Sep 15, 2016 3:38 PM

    Stewart launched himself into the air striking Newton helmet-to-helmet. Both plays should have resulted in personal foul penalties and he should have been automatically ejected after the second foul. Marshall did it once. All three plays were flagrant fouls and each one should have been penalized. The hit in the fourth quarter where Von Miller hit Newton helmet-to-helmet was a little more subjective. Demarcus Ware was bringing Newton down and Miller was releasing from a blocker. However, when taken in context with the Broncos defense playing all night that play should also have been flagged. When a defender goes in standing up or intentionally launches himself at the head of another player that is dirty play. If it happens once then maybe it can be discounted as unintentional. When it happens four times in one game it is an established playing style of the defense.

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