Olivier Vernon says he’s been fined for hit on Mariota

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a sprained MCL when he was hit in the knee by Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon on a play that Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt objected to a “bulls— football.”

Vernon was flagged for roughing the passer on the play under the rules barring defensive players for diving at the knees of a quarterback and the defensive end says the league has weighed in as well. Vernon said Wednesday that he has been fined by the league for the hit and that he plans to appeal the fine.

Vernon said he wasn’t a dirty player after the game and took to Twitter to send the same message. He reiterated it again on Wednesday.

“Nobody tries to play the game to hurt somebody,” Vernon said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “That’s definitely not my game.”

Vernon may not have intended to injure Mariota, but the low hit happened and that was enough for the league to hand down discipline.

30 responses to “Olivier Vernon says he’s been fined for hit on Mariota

  1. Just once, I’d like to see a player say that they got a fine and that it was deserved even if the play was not intentional. On this one, it looked like he was off balance but he did hit the QB low. The other one was a garbage call though.

  2. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says:
    Oct 21, 2015 12:29 PM
    watch the tape….you should have been………
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    You watch the tape. If your not blind you can see that Vernon was grabbed with both hands by Lewan on his left arm, trying to pull him down. As a result, there was really no other option for Vernon.

    The evidence is clear for anyone willing to watch closely regardless of NFL politics. In this case, at least the evidence wasn’t destroyed. I don’t blame him for appealing. FREE VERNON!

  3. If it was a late hit where he drilled him high, hitting a legitimate area of the body, no big deal. Or he swiped at the ball and made contact with the QB’s facemask/helmet, again no big deal At this point, to me, the way Vernon targeted the side of the knee, is nothing but dirty football

  4. huggybear2014 says:
    Oct 21, 2015 1:05 PM
    If and when Tannehill is targeted in the same manner, I hope these gung ho Phin fans are consistent.
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    You do see where he was grabbed and turned by the Olineman, right? People who are saying it is dirty, either did not see this and they need to watch again, or they are simply ignoring it.

    I can understand people saying it was dirty, if this didn’t happen, but it did. It shocks me that people chose to ignore or simply deny what is right in front of their eyes.

    Now I know how Climate Change feels.

  5. For anyone who saw the hit, it was deliberate. Whether he considers himself a dirty player is something that is between himself and the man in the mirror. I certainly didn’t expect the guy to man up and accept responsibility for his actions. When does that happen in the NFL?

  6. It doesn’t matter if the lineman pulled him down. He quite clearly launched himself with his left leg as he got close to the ground.

    If he had a history of doing this, I’ve no doubt he’d have been suhspended.

  7. “Here’s the policy: QB’s knees are sacred; lineman knees aren’t.”

    Then why are chop blocks now illegal?

  8. Been watching the film, films been looked at by other people who actually get paid to make decisions about football matters. Vernon was not pulled, he was not hit from behind, the ball was long gone, the QB was defenseless, and Vernon went low on his own. No amount of making stuff up will change that. It was a dirty play and he should just owe up to it.

  9. A Miami defensive lineman being thrown to the ground ? What’s outside the norm with that. Their D line has been thrown to the ground for a few seasons now.

  10. snyderspointedhood says:
    Oct 21, 2015 1:51 PM
    It doesn’t matter if the lineman pulled him down. He quite clearly launched himself with his left leg as he got close to the ground.

    If he had a history of doing this, I’ve no doubt he’d have been suhspended.
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    It does matter, and I bet he wins the appeal.

  11. It wasn’t an intended dirty hit, but with the hit from Lewan and falling Vernon didn’t ease up.

    It wasn’t an intended hit to nal Mariota low – but a DE with the quest to get to the QB shoulda eased up a bit as he noticed he was heading towards Mariota’s knees.

    I can agree with some kind of fine as the NFl prtects its QBs but that 2nd call was an official overreacting

  12. floratiotime says:
    Oct 21, 2015 2:07 PM
    “Here’s the policy: QB’s knees are sacred; lineman knees aren’t.”

    Then why are chop blocks now illegal?
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    Chop Blocks are legal if they happen within 5 yards of the tackle box

  13. All you people calling the guy a dirty player do realize that football is a contact sport don’t you? The NFL is out of control with all the rules against the defensive side of the ball.

  14. The hit was low and that gets the fine every time. Whether or not it was intentional is open for debate.

  15. someonepftwontletmemention says:
    Oct 21, 2015 12:35 PM
    “That’s definitely not my game.”

    Could have fooled me based on that play. Film don’t lie
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    No it doesn’t. You can clearly see that the OT grabbed Vernon’s left arm and attempted to pull him down.

  16. Nothing targeted or dirty about it. Was pulled going down into QB plain and simple, should win appeal.

    The guy is in contract year. The backup Shelby makes more than he does. He is pressing. On this play he was doing spin moves which explains the situation more. Look at the stills and the gif. Also the QB himself said he didn’t fell it was intentional.

  17. That play was a cheap shot, pure and simple. If you want to injure the knee of a QB that is exactly the way it is done. He should receive a suspension.

  18. huggybear2014 says:

    If and when Tannehill is targeted in the same manner, I hope these gung ho Phin fans are consistent.
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    They won’t care b/c he’s a bigger bust than Peyton Manning this year.

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