Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block


Safety Ed Reed got the biggest fine of the week for the Ravens, but he wasn’t the only member of the team to owe the NFL a cut of his paycheck this week.

Tackle Michael Oher has been fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka in the third quarter of last weekend’s 33-14 win against the Giants. Oher was flagged for a personal foul on the play, which came during a series that would have ended with Sandra Bullock badgering the referee if it happened before the release of the movie version of The Blind Side.

Oher was also flagged for a false start and holding on that drive, a trio of penalties that the Ravens were able to overcome on what wound up being a 16-play, 82-yard field goal drive that ate up almost eight minutes.

The Ravens had one other penalty on that drive, an illegal crack back called on wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith was not fined.

10 responses to “Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block

  1. The Torrey Smith penalty was a bogus call. Smith didn’t make helmet to helmet contact…he didn’t hit the guy low, he didn’t hit the guy from behind…it wasn’t a blind side..he didn’t hit the guy in the head or neck area…he hit the guy’s upper arm with his upper arm from the side. Just a stupid referee who must have had money on the game.

  2. The call on the field was blindside block on Smith, not a chop. Still BS.

    Josh Alper: You’re right, it was a crack back penalty and edited to reflect as much. Had it wrong in my notes from the game.

  3. I think I speak for all Ravens fans when I say Oher is as good as gone once FA hits in 2013. WAY too many stupid penalties. Terrible at protecting the line. Cannot hold off the bull rush. Can’t do much of anything. Much better at RT but we have that set with KO (unheralded rookie for this team). So he can take his book and notoriety and head on down the road. We need an ACTUAL LT.

  4. Anyone who saw the series knows only one of those penalties on Oher was legit. The DE jumped on the play and Oher reacted, and should’ve been an offsides. On the chop block, he went low on a cut block on a bubble screen and then the guard pushed the DE, causing the engaging required to make it a chop block.

  5. The end of the Zone Blocking Scheme in the NFL. I always hated teams that did this, it takes no talent to cut ones legs. It takes talent to block a man one on one. I miss the old days of men blocking men, and one man wins.

    Not some no body who can dive at legs. Get rid of the chop block, bring the game back to respectability.

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