Rams’ Blake Countess gets $48,620 fine for hit on Marquise Goodwin

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Rams safety Blake Countess got off without a suspension for his brutal hit on 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin on Sunday, but he did get steep fine.

The NFL fined Countess $48,620 for the hit.

It’s the second time in five weeks that Countess has been hit with a fine for knocking a defenseless receiver out of a game, having previously done it to Saints tight end Coby Fleener. This time his fine was doubled from last time.

Countess makes a base salary of $540,000, which comes out to $31,765 a week. That means Countess was actually fined more than he got paid for the 49ers game, which means he’ll be able to have that fine reduced on appeal. Big fines for lower-paid players are typically reduced to 25 percent of a game check for a first offense, and 50 percent of a game check for a subsequent offense. So Countess will likely be fined about $15,882, or 50 percent of his game check, after his appeal.

The big question is, Why wasn’t Countess suspended? His illegal hits have now given concussions to two players in five weeks. He’s lucky the NFL is letting him play in the Rams’ playoff game tomorrow night.

25 responses to “Rams’ Blake Countess gets $48,620 fine for hit on Marquise Goodwin

  1. He should not have been suspended.
    He was aiming for the chest and unfortunateley the receiver ducked down into the hit.
    Fine yes.
    But you can’t suspend players because the receiver ducked down.

  2. He should not have been suspended.
    He was aiming for the chest and unfortunateley the receiver ducked down into the hit.
    Fine yes.
    But you can’t suspend players because the receiver ducked down.
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    That is nonsense. I saw this play and it was one of the most violent I have ever seen. This guy should’ve been suspended.He came in flying in and there is no way he was aiming for his chest. Not a chance.

  3. You sure can……ask others. They want the wunderkind to win a game in the playoffs so they can bestow Coach of the Year on him before his inevitable fall from grace next season. As long as he keeps reading the defense for the guy playing QB his “system” will fail.

  4. He should have been suspended. How many players is he going to give concussions to? UGH That hit was extremely brutal.

  5. It’s LA….they have hundreds of millions invested in a team that cannot sell out a playoff game 24 hours prior to kick off. It is important that the Rams win a game or two……not going to suspend a starter when its in NFL’s best financial interest to have them win as often as they can pretty simple guys.

  6. Duck…don’t duck…it was still a violent hit to a “defenseless” player. In other words, he was focusing on the ball and didn’t have enough time to brace himself after the catch for the hit and never saw it coming.
    I liken it to someone sucker punching you in the back of the head. I love good hard hitting football as much as anyone, but let the guy see it coming, don’t hit him like that when he doesn’t even see it coming.
    It’s the rule…and it’s a good rule.

  7. Are you allowed to launch yourself into a defenseless receiver who is looking back towards the ball or not?

    No? Then he should be suspended. Get some consistency NFL

  8. The big question is, Why wasn’t Countess suspended? His illegal hits have now given concussions to two players in five weeks. He’s lucky the NFL is letting him play in the Rams’ playoff game tomorrow night.

    +++++++

    You’re really asking why? Really? There’s no accountability to anything/one anymore.

    Rules? Shmooles. Hey, look over there! Protect the shield, integrity of the game. It’s been that way for years. It took pro-sports to make you wake-up? It’s all a matter of photo-ops & hashtags, insert name/issue/cause here… It’s not a matter of political lines, morality etc.

    Don’t believe me? Squirrel!!! Playoff football kicks off in less than 24 hours…What will you be watching. You’ll be watching, “ball” but will you be watching the ball?

  9. If defenders aren’t allowed to jar the ball loose, and only allowed to tackle then wont the game become even higher scoring, with an even greater emphasis on passing, and a further de-emphasis on running?

    If the NFL wants to stop hard hits, because a receiver who ducks can be hit in the head, they can. But what will you give the defense to offset that?
    The game will decline if the answer is “let the receiver MAKE the catch, then tackle them”.
    Change PI, illegal contact rules to give something back to the defense in that case.

  10. EVERY fine should be a percentage of the player’s game check, PLUS their signing bonus, workout bonus, etc, etc. That’s the only to make it fair. Otherwise high paid players can wreck havoc and not care, for in the larger scope of things it costs them practically nothing.

  11. It was a brutal hit, but I partially blame the QB!

    He threw it over the middle, and low.

    Countess was going for a mid section hit, but Goodwin ducked.

    Again, brutal hit, but blame both ways.

  12. big fine, no suspension. looks like remedial action. Looks bad if the league does not discourage helmet to helmet hits that can cause brain damage.

  13. I think there are 2 areas of discussion here

    1) Was it an illegal hit? Fans can argue this point with some validity either way. Depends on one’s viewpoint, I suppose.

    2) Did the NFL determine it was an illegal hit? Since they fined him, the answer is yes. So the question is, why, if this is his 2nd such offense in a matter of weeks, wasn’t he suspended? I believe the NFL is loathe to suspend a player for one and done playoff game.

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