Brandon Browner not fined for big hit on Ladarius Green

AP

It was a huge hit, the kind which brings a visceral reaction from players, fans and officials alike.

It was also clean.

Per multiple reports, Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner was not fined by the league for last week’s hit on Chargers tight end Ladarius Green.

Green did suffer a concussion on the play after taking a big fall, but it wasn’t because Browner struck him helmet-to-helmet, as officials called it in the heat of the moment on the field.

Instead, it appeared to be a clean, shoulder pad-level tackle, which coach Bill Belichick said was how they teach their players to play.

As we’ve mentioned here several times, it’s the kind of play that needs to be subject to review, because it could have had a huge impact on the game. The penalty took an interception off the board, though the Patriots got another one moments later.

But the fact there was no harm does not change the fact there should have been no foul.

39 responses to “Brandon Browner not fined for big hit on Ladarius Green

  1. ESPN Boston scribe always says if Browner had #24 on his back he wouldn’t be called for as many penalties. I think the penalty was influenced by Browner’s reputation, fair or not. Does Revis get penalized for that hit? Probably not.

  2. It isn’t the interception being removed that could have been bad if they lost, but the ensuing touchdown that was also taken off the boards.

  3. Can we at least make this call reviewable? I’ve given up hope that there will be a realization that all risk of head trauma cannot be removed from a sport which requires those who play to wear a HELMET… Why else would players wear helmets unless there was a chance they might get their egg scrambled?

  4. As it should be, no fine to a perfect LEGAL hit !
    That’s what made the NFL great back in the day, watching unbeliavble hits on defence. A hate that players keep getting terrible penalties called on them after big clean hits.

    It’s fine NFL if you want to help with player safety, but don’t ruin the game on the defensive side of the ball!

  5. As it should be, no fine for a perfect LEGAL hit !
    That’s what made the NFL great back in the day, watching unbeliavble hits on defence. I truly hate that players keep getting terrible penalties called on them after big clean hits nowadays.

    It’s fine NFL if you want to help with player safety, but don’t ruin the game on the defensive side of the ball!

  6. No fine, and should not have been a penalty. A good, clean, hard hit that should be used to show DB’s how to play under the new player safety rules in regard to “defenseless receiver” safety.

  7. That Browner hit was so nasty and perfect. That’s part of what makes football so exciting. The impact was ridiculous that the refs basically throw a flag for hitting too hard.

    One thing I will give Dean Blandino credit for is on Tuesday he was on air on the NFL Network and said they were incorrect for throwing a flag for helmet to helmet. My jaw was on the floor.

  8. “The penalty took an interception off the board, though the Patriots got another one moments later.”

    Ball don’t lie.

  9. @wimpyburgers

    Uhhh, you do realize that the Patriots are one of the most penalized teams in the NFL this year, right? They have the fourth most, while Seahawks lead with just a couple more. So you’re point makes no sense at all.

    Goodell and the officials are not doing the Patriots any favors, as much as you’d like to think that is the case…

  10. One thing I will give Dean Blandino credit for is on Tuesday he was on air on the NFL Network and said they were incorrect for throwing a flag for helmet to helmet. My jaw was on the floor.
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    Actually he said on the video posted at nfl.com that the refs were wrong to explain it as being helmet to helmet contact, but that there was forcible contact by Browner to the facemask and in his opinion “that is where the foul is”.

    He did say it was “close” but he didn’t want to throw his guys under the bus by flat-out saying that no call at all should have been made at all.

  11. That’s too bad. The side judge who threw the flag was hoping the NFL would use the fine money to reimburse him for the Depends his soiled while watching that hit.

    If the play had been called correctly it would have been one of the defensive highlights of the year. Instead a scared old man messed his diapers over a big loud hit and it’s a Friday afternoon blurb on PFT.

  12. The officals are under a great deal of presssure from the league office to make these calls so they tend play it safe and call anything even close to an ilegal hit. If this method continues they will lose fans because many of us do not enjoy watching the officials be the person on the field with the most screen time.

  13. Amazing.

    In prior threads tons of us were heavily thumbed down for calling it a clean, good football hit.

    Yet now that there isn’t a fine – those thumbs down have vanished.

  14. The penalty didn’t just take an interception off the board, it took an interception TD return off the board during a low scoring game.

  15. Pats did get another interception a few plays later, however, they ended up punting. 7 points stolen by a non-reviewable crap call.

  16. No one ‘equates’ Browner and Revis. Revis is one of the best cornerbacks in football but Browner is the the nastiest, toughest conerback to ever play the game. Not the best but the meanest and one of the most fun to watch. We miss him in Seattle.

  17. It was not just the fact that it took 7 points off the board for the Patriots. It also moved San Diego another 15 yards closer to scoring, after they had already received 15 yards for some kind of personal foul as a result of something someone said on the field, which we never received any clarity on. It was a critical juncture, and San Diego had been having trouble moving the ball. They not only got escorted down field 30 yards, but had the ball given back to them and 7 points deleted from the opponents scoring column. It seemed to me some effort was being made to help out the home town boys. It was a crime, but had it cost NE the game, it would have been a felony.

  18. This is one area where the college rule is far superior to the NFL…..in college the ref throws the flag…..calls targeting and ejects the hitter……that quick action really helps in a hostile home stadium when one of the home team players is on the wrong end of the hit…….then there is an immediate review….giving the booth time to consider every possible angle…..the ejection and the penalty can be reversed!

  19. that picture makes it look shoulder on shoulder. Some other sites show a different angle where you can clearly see Browner’s shoulder hitting the facemask. Yeah, maybe his shoulder barely hit the Green’s shoulder or chest first, but it damn near ripped the dude’s helmet off his head

  20. Just to clarify….The NFL doesn’t want this on their highlight reel for political and legal purposes….due to concussion issues. But it should be on there. Solid hit.

  21. donny1rodriguez says:
    Dec 12, 2014 3:15 PM
    If a minor injustice is done against the patriots, we hear about it for weeks….enough

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    It has nothing to do with it being the Patriots. It has everything to do with the officiating in the NFL as a whole.

  22. I thought the rule was that you couldn’t hit a defenseless player in the head/neck area? I don’t have a problem with his hit, it’s the rule I’m not understanding. Just like when a defenders hand grazes a QB’s helmet, and it’s 15. No consistency in this league makes it really difficult

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