NFL admits the obvious: Marshall got away with illegal hit on Cam

AP

Everyone watching the game knew Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall got away with an illegal hit to the head of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last night, so it would have been alarming if the NFL tried to claim otherwise. Fortunately, the NFL is not trying to claim otherwise.

NFL Media reports that the league office considers that play “obviously a missed call.” Marshall lowered his helmet and launched himself directly at Newton’s head. Marshall will certainly be fined.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller also hit Newton on a play that wasn’t flagged, but that wasn’t necessarily a missed call, as the league office contends that one was close enough that it’s reasonable for the officials not to have called it.

The league is facing a lot of criticism today, both for the officials failing to flag the hits on Newton and for the medical personnel failing to pull Newton from the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

The Panthers say Newton was checked between possessions, checked again after the game and checked again today and does not have a concussion.

92 responses to “NFL admits the obvious: Marshall got away with illegal hit on Cam

  1. The Miller hit was clean/incidental. Luckily Cam never got punched square in the nose on national TV with no flags. Imagine the outrage if that happened to a QB…..oh wait.

  2. But these aren’t isolated – Denver’s Dirty D have become infamous for these hits, so why weren’t the refs ready? And why only talk of fines? Suspensions are the only cure – and to be so prevalent it must be planned, so why not suspend Wade? – if this was the Pats what do you think would happen??

  3. Of course that’s what they’ll say whether or not its really the case.

    If Newton had a concussion then the league and team would be on the hotspot more than the already are.

  4. The idea that Newton get s EQUAL PROTECTION under the NFL, would be laughable, if it weren’t so serious.

    For whatever reason, they are allowed, almost encouraged to assault Cam. By the way, 3 years ago, Mike Vick was right that he wasn’t treated the same too.

    You can call it what you like.

  5. Duhhh! Know if we can get them to admit “every” time the officials get it wrong, it may restore the integrity of the game. Also we need it in “real-time” so it won’t have so much of an effect on the flow of the game.

  6. I love how every time the Panthers lose, this kind of stuff just happens to pop up. What is the NFL covering for?

  7. So can we agree that there is a bias by the officials and the league as to who are the “dirty” players are. The plan to suspend “dirty players” has already been decided before the season starts.

  8. That was an expensive night for Marshall. First, he loses an endorsement because of a stupid idea he had. Now he’s going to get fined. How is he supposed to feed his family now? Oh, the injustice!

  9. Everyone has been awfully quiet about the Panthers literally breaking Wolfe’s neck or trying to pancake Chris Harris on the ground 5 seconds after the play had ended. Will there be a candlelight vigil for them too?

    As for “missed calls,” look no further than the fact that the FG never would have even happened were it not for the refs ignoring Kelvin Benjamin with his fist inside Chris Harris’s facemask on 4th and 22. Not to mention Von Miller was held on about 5 different plays, including the Newton TD run, and no call. It’s misleading to focus only on the bad calls against the losing team and ignore all the ones that the winning team overcame.

  10. every QB in the NFL should be treated the same be it vet like Tom Brady , a guy like Cam Newton or Russell Wilson or a undrafted rookie in Preseason IF we can’t they should close the NFL & end it all

  11. WHen you order refs to cheats teams and try to help out AFC teams not named the Pats, in order to try to make sure the Pats don’t get the 1 seed, this is what happens.

    It’s become so creepy to watch Goodell pull the strings from Park Ave and many not have a clue what he;s doing.

    This is consumer fraud.

  12. Denver “D” played like there was a bounty to take Newton out of the game. One of the dirtier displays of football seen in some time.

  13. The officials are completely at fault. Yes Denver has a well deserved reputation for playing up to and sometimes over the edge but if the officials fail to show them where the line is any particular game it’s hard to fault guys when they cross it. With the obvious exception of launching, that is a deliberate attempt to injure no matter how you look at it.

  14. The Marshall hit was illegal, I agree. The refs needed to protect Cam more than that.

    However, I’m seeing a lot of people argue that the refs let Cam get hit way too much. Let’s not forget the obvious . . . running QB’s are not treated like QB’s out of the pocket. Even moving back as much as he sometimes does, I believe (not sure) that it is considered out of the pocket. Cam is simply going to take far more (legal) hits.

  15. Marshall should be suspended.

    That is one disgusting, dirty, cheating team out there in Denver.

    Cap cheats, roids and now bounties.

    I’d say Denver has it all covered.

  16. Of course Luck will get the calls he stays within the pocket and doesn’t run a read option. When you run outside the pocket on scripted plays as does Cam then once you run you are no longer a QB you are any other player. Some of the hits to the gead Cam induced himself by lowering his pads. Same goes for Big Ben and every other scrambling QB. But no doubt this will turn into a racial thang. If you dont like it then have your QB do something else. Dont give me tgis dirty team BS cause you lost or you hate Denver cause they are better then your team. Dirty no. Hard hitting and pushes then line yes thats why they are a top defense.

  17. tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:14 PM
    WHen you order refs to cheats teams and try to help out AFC teams not named the Pats, in order to try to make sure the Pats don’t get the 1 seed, this is what happens.

    It’s become so creepy to watch Goodell pull the strings from Park Ave and many not have a clue what he;s doing.

    This is consumer fraud.

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    Come on dude get your head out of your back side it’s not all about the Cheating Pat’s.

    This comment goes a long way to show the shallow end of the gene pool is alive and well in New England. You should talk about Goodell….you still believe in Santa and the tooth fairy and the ideal gas law…really?

  18. id rather QB’s were treated no differently than running backs. The idea that one position is more protected than another is ludicrous.

    Running backs concuss just as easily

  19. The hit was outside the tackle box and he was becoming a runner. If you want the protection against legal hits against runners, then you cannot leave the tackle box. You cannot have it both ways.

    The BS is the nebulous “tackle box” on intentional grounding. The NFL needs to paint two lines down the field 5 yards from the centerline. If you are outside the lines QBs are considered runners. Inside the line you are in the pocket. Simple and it easily clarifies the intentional grounding rule too.

  20. The NFL could easily make sure calls like this aren’t missed but they wont use technology so things like this will continue to get missed. Like baseball wont use technology to get balls and strikes right.

  21. The league has NOT admitted that the Marshall hit was illegal. This is just more media BS with no solid NFL source.

  22. Worst QB assault I’ve ever seen in an NFL game ever. The ref’s intentionally ignored those hits as much as the Denver D planned them.

    I wonder what TB would be thinking if he saw that game? There was nothing fair about the treatment of that game last night. Bad black eye on the NFL for a season opener. So, is this a reflection on what to expect for the upcoming season NFL?

  23. tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:17 PM

    Marshall should be suspended.

    That is one disgusting, dirty, cheating team out there in Denver.

    Cap cheats, roids and now bounties.

    I’d say Denver has it all covered.

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    Don’t forget SB 50 Champions

  24. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:25 PM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:14 PM
    WHen you order refs to cheats teams and try to help out AFC teams not named the Pats, in order to try to make sure the Pats don’t get the 1 seed, this is what happens.

    It’s become so creepy to watch Goodell pull the strings from Park Ave and many not have a clue what he;s doing.

    This is consumer fraud.

    4 2
    Report comment

    Come on dude get your head out of your back side it’s not all about the Cheating Pat’s.

    This comment goes a long way to show the shallow end of the gene pool is alive and well in New England. You should talk about Goodell….you still believe in Santa and the tooth fairy and the ideal gas law…really?

    ——

    Wait…

    do you not believe in physics?

  25. Why is everybody surprised the Broncos took cheap shots? This is the same organization that only won it’s first two SBs because they paid three of their players (including two stars) $27 Million in under the table deals to circumvent the cap. Those are FACTS.

    They also admitted to spying on opposing signals with binoculars and were caught taping an opponent’s walk through.

    And I’m not even getting into them leading the league in PED violations numerous years.

    It’s a filthy organization.

  26. If that were Brady, he would get all those calls…hmmm, could it be another form of racial injustice ? Maybe thats why all these players are disrespecting the national anthem.

  27. Refs should have called it then and there. They didn’t, so a fine should not apply to the player. The league let that opportunity get away. If anyone should be fined this late after the hit, it should be one of the officials.

  28. Nothing’s changed. Refs tend to be partial for Broncos players and tend to call fouls on opposing teams more frequently. By the way, how about the female replay official in last years Super Bowl who was a Broncos fan and the refs which always worked a winning Broncos game.

  29. I am laughing at the short bus rider above trying to tell everyone the gene pool is weak in New England, yet that same person dispels basic science and believes the Boogeyman knocked out Ray Rice’s fiancee in the elevator, too.

    Gee, who is more intelligent?

    The guy who hitches his wagon to corrupt Goodell and believes liars OR the obvious more rational and intelligent person, who knows the world is all about money and that most of these owners are greedy and despicable people?

    Follow the money, Corky. Follow the money.

    The reason why Goodell protected Ray Rice, or now, Gomer Manning last year after Gomer admitted roids were in his own home, or why he just cleared the roid users on the precious franchises, is because he needs to try to help AFC teams to make them better to try to beat the Patriots for parity purposes.

    You’d have to be obtuse to think Goodell comes in as commssioner and these “happenings” are simply coinciddences, as opposed to previous eras under Rozelle and Tagliabue, having NO issues like this whatsoever.

    There were 2 strikes, one in 1982 and 1987, some other minor issues, but nothing like this.

    It’s flat out creepy and you’d have to be an idiot to not have figured this out by now.

    Why do you idiots think Goodell is caught lying so often?

    He tries to lie and dupe for a rea$on.

    Wake up.

  30. dreadnok89 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:20 PM

    Yeah really dirty. The guy is falling as he was being tackled. Je wasnt aiming for the head. Talk about the awful offensive pass interference call
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    Did you catch the game last night, or did you confuse it with soccer?

  31. nickinneohio says: The Panthers should sit during the anthem till these inequities are fixed.
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    You beat me to it.

    Bravo

  32. Nofoolnodrool says: You should talk about Goodell….you still believe in Santa and the tooth fairy and the ideal gas law…really?
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    iamapatsfan says: Wait…

    do you not believe in physics?
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    Of course he doesn’t. If one wants to believe Brady cheated, they need to deny that PSI drops in cold wet conditions.

    And as Nofooldrool and other Hatriots know, the CBA grants Goodell the authority to suspend the Laws of Physics.

    If Goodell tells Nofooldrool something, it must be the truth.

    Please try to keep up.

  33. Just proves the Broncos can only win when they play dirty, break the rules and cheat. Anyone That thinks the Denver D played clean must be smoking that legal weed in Colorado.
    Dirty cheating scum.

  34. Which is the hit he got away with? The one where his bland barely touched the helmet but he deflected the ball?

    The worst hit on Cam near end of game was flagged and penalized

  35. The Panthers say Newton was checked between possessions, checked again after the game and checked again today and does not have a concussion.

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    To me it would have been even worse if they took healthy player off the field which in turn costs his team a chance to win. If every rib, back, shoulder, etc. injury needs to be checked for a concussion first the NFL might as well close up shop.

  36. To those making this a racist issue, there may be something to it, however, both Troy Aikman and Steve Young retired because of concussions.

    I hate cam Newton, but this game was a “how not to” protect a quarterback, in regards to concussions. Maybe the league was bowing to “In my day we took hits” crowd, maybe this particular crew was wrong, or maybe the league was sending a message to Cam and/or black QBs. I can’t say for certain.

    I know there is racism in this world. I also know it’s an over played card, and I also know all those hits on poor Cam were from fellow black players.

    If you got it figured out, cool, enlighten me. Otherwise, I will just say it was a badly called game and go to bed.

  37. Since he was mouthy as always, every hit the Broncos put on cam I watched it several times over and over…. Nobody deserves it more…

    So thankful it was televised for all to see… Very entertaining!

  38. “Everyone has been awfully quiet about the Panthers literally breaking Wolfe’s neck…”

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    “Literally”?? Good god, go get a dictionary.

  39. Time to have an official in the stands and calling down to help out. And why we are at it – have a coaches challenge for pass interference – how many are those missed calls and bad calls game changers.

  40. Could this story be any more overblown? Wow. The guy got hit in the helmet. Call in the Marines!! Watch video of any NFL game and you’ll see missed calls like this. Let it go. They lost. It happens.

  41. Sorry but the broncos have had many favorable calls that have changed the course of two games In a row now. Panthers gripes are legit

  42. qdog112 says:
    Sep 9, 2016 7:55 PM
    The idea that Newton get s EQUAL PROTECTION under the NFL, would be laughable, if it weren’t so serious.

    For whatever reason, they are allowed, almost encouraged to assault Cam. By the way, 3 years ago, Mike Vick was right that he wasn’t treated the same too.

    You can call it what you like.

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    I have no dog in this fight, so my opinion isn’t biased:

    If you want to continue to run with 10 lead blockers and cam virtually playing RB and a LOT of plays, then he is going to get hit like a RB would. Quit whining, both teams played their hearts out and somebody has to lose. Cam took a beating, but Denver couldn’t keep him from getting back up. Kudos to Cam. More kudos to Denver as a team that kept on fighting.

  43. I counted three occasions that can be described as flagrant intention to hit Cam’s head in that game. 3. The NFL gets lucky with Cam because he is a mountain of a man, and obviously not exactly an easy egg to crack. Aaron Rodgers or Luck takes those head-hits that Cam took, and they are in the hospital, plain and simple. It was infuriating to watch, and I’m not a fan of either Panthers or Broncos. It’s just a disgusting lack of protection from the officials to miss 3 blatant head-shots in a game, and equally disgusting intentions from the Broncos whom I blame less than league because until it’s properly flagged and officiated out of the game, some teams will still try it. No matter how you dissect it, this was a horrendous game for the credibility of the National Football League.

  44. That poor, poor Cam. He is so mistreated let him stand in the pocket to throw and he will get treated like Brady. Run like a fullback at times get treated like a fullback all the time.

  45. Please dear lord, dont let Cammy take the field again vs the Broncos. He cant handle the heat!! Shady Brady got dropped like a rag doll by Denver’s D, yet nobody cried foul. Dabber Newton is just too soft for the real heat. See last two games against Denver.

  46. What about the even more obvious call… The ref called illegal hands to the face against the defender while the same defender was getting his face ripped off by the receiver. You’re telling me a ref saw one, but didn’t see the other that happened 6 inches away and was worse?

    With how poorly last nights game was reffed, how poorly the NFL reffing has been the last few years, and given these commish’s track record, you have to wonder if these refs/games are being influenced from above.

  47. If the league doesn’t suspend Marshall and Stewart, they lose all credibility with regard to protecting player safety. Period. Do you want kids to continue to play the game you preside over? They won’t if you allow that kind of thing to happen. Those hits were disgraceful.

  48. The one subject most of the media chooses not to cover is the most obvious: a bunch of the Broncos are cheap shot artists.

    Who can disagree? Headhunting was on clear display during the game, and what happened should result in player suspensions and fines.

  49. suncawy says:
    Sep 9, 2016 8:47 PM

    If that were Brady, he would get all those calls…hmmm, could it be another form of racial injustice ? Maybe thats why all these players are disrespecting the national anthem

    NFL stats prove Brady is middle of the pack for RTP calls. Don’t take my word just google it.

    or continue to dispense bad Intel, your voice.

  50. If the quarterback had been Rodgers or Brady, there would have been several roughing the passer flags thrown in the game. If you barely touch Rodgers the flag is thrown.

    We all know it.

    It’s obvious that the refs protect two quarterbacks over other quarterbacks.

  51. If Carolina had been the home team it’s quite probable that some of those non calls on the helmet and late hits would have been called.

    He just wasn’t going to get those calls in Denver. Not on that night.

    And I think you see this throughout the season in many games in the NFL. Especially pass interference. Receiver gets up, looks around, no flag, home crowd goes nuts, and all of a sudden a flag is thrown 5 seconds after the play is over.

    It’s not right but it happens all the time. The road team does not get the calls it may have gotten if the game had been played in their stadium. And the other side of that is that they may get calls against them that might not have been penalties if they were at home.

    What’s the new word? Homerism or something like that? I think that’s what this was about more than any other single reason the other night.

  52. Its kind of funny that players actually try to hurt other players, then after their careers are over they can turn around and blame the NFL for their health problems.

  53. Dirty team. Both the Marshall hit and the one by #26 was clearly leading with the top of the helmet. And both squarely hit Newton in the head. Both should have been flagged. The Miller hit was fine

  54. I don’t know if I would call the game dirty.

    I do believe that unsporstmanlike and/or personal fouls should supercede/overrule any other penalties on the field, however.

  55. Bottom line here, the refs hate a prima donna that hasnt proven himself with toughness. Camera is a self-promoting diva first, and a football player last. When he respects the game, he will get the calls.

  56. PS: loved it how the Panthers treated Cam like a piece of meat when he was clearly not right and writhering on the field. No NFL concussion protocol. Classic “I dont really care about you: employer moment.

  57. Lots of Denver fans making excuses for their teams DIRTY play. There is a big difference between playing hard and playing dirty.
    No class just like their team.

  58. BringBackTheFlex says:
    Sep 10, 2016 12:57 PM

    I thought Superman could take the hits? He wants to be known as a super hero then act like one.
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    He did take the hits. It’s not like he had any choice though, since the refs let the Donkeys defense get away with whatever they wanted.

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