NFL fines Ravens for violating in-game communications rules in preseason

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The Ravens have been busted for breaking the NFL rules about coach-to-player communications during preseason games.

The NFL fined the Ravens $200,000, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

League rules say only one player at a time may be on the field wearing helmets with coach-to-player communications receivers. The Ravens apparently had two players on the field at the same time with the specially equipped helmets.

The report doesn’t say which two players were on the field with the helmets at the same time, but presumably it would be two quarterbacks. On some plays in the preseason the Ravens used combinations of Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III on the field in two-quarterback formations.

The Ravens have also used Flacco and Jackson on the field simultaneously in the regular season, but there’s no indication in the report that they broke the rules in the regular season.

This is the second time this year that the Ravens have found themselves in trouble for violating league policies. In June they were docked two days of Organized Team Activities, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh were both fined, for violating practice rules.

61 responses to “NFL fines Ravens for violating in-game communications rules in preseason

  1. Unfair competitive advantage! Tweet! That will be a huge fine, loss of picks and the start of the collapse of all rational thinking by NFL fans.

    At least that’s what’s been demonstrated so far.

  2. If this was the Patriots, the usual gang of nitwits would rush to their keyboards to type, “A-Ha!! This is how they keep winning – I figured it had to be this…cheaters!”

    Because it’s not, no one will care.

    And really, no one should.

  3. Someone needs to review game tape and verify if this was done in the regular season. That would be a serious violation worthy of draft pick forfeiture. Definitely worth a first rounder if history is any indication.

    But preseason? Yawn.

  4. Also, the ravens don’t look like they care to learn the finer points of the rule book. Pretty sloppy operation they’re running.

    And where does this money go? $200k is not chump change

  5. They did it in the preseason first to see if they could get away with it in the regular season. Harbaugh must have realized how warm and toasty his seat has gotten.

  6. This seems more like a simple oversight than anything. A backup QB (who of course has the communications stuff in his helmet) takes the field for a few plays and either grabs the wrong helmet (assuming he has 2 on the bench, 1 with comms and 1 without) or the Ravens overlooked making a second helmet without comms available. Either way, the issue has now been identified and will be addressed. No big deal since it happened in pre-season.

  7. Lots of straw men being built up and burnt down here by Pats fans.
    It was preseason. Not even comparable to anything they have been punished for in the past. Who cares, it’s the preseason. Pay the “stupid tax” and move on.

  8. billshatnerstoupee says:
    September 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm
    NE wrote the book on this type of activity.

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    The Patriots have never used two QBs. They have had the one and only GOAT on that job for 17 years.

  9. patsbrat says:
    September 19, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    This seems more like a simple oversight than anything. A backup QB (who of course has the communications stuff in his helmet) takes the field for a few plays and either grabs the wrong helmet (assuming he has 2 on the bench, 1 with comms and 1 without) or the Ravens overlooked making a second helmet without comms available. Either way, the issue has now been identified and will be addressed. No big deal since it happened in pre-season.

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    I would agree. Caught and given a warning shot penalty. No need to hurtthem over it at this point. Instead this sets them up so they have no excuse if they get caught doing it in the regular season when it matters. And if they dont then life just goes on is all.

  10. So the NFL has caught the Ravens “cheating” a couple of times now. But not once has the NFL ever caught the Patriots cheating….just the other teams. And I do remember the last time the Ravens won the super bowl, next year’s schedule had them playing 6 teams coming off bye weeks. But last time Patriots won they played 0 teams coming off bye weeks. Weird right?

  11. it blows my mind how many people are okay with cheating in football. This excuse of “its only preseason” is completely nonsense.

    As repeat offenders the Ravens have shown over the last few years they don’t care if they get small penalties for their cheating. I think it might be time for the league to make an example of these repeat offenders and give them a penalty that will make them regret their actions.

  12. Cheaters next we will find out they have players who mask steroids with deer antler spray. Team should loose multiple first round picks since they didn’t learn their lesson the first time. It’s all about integrity

  13. Will the collusion/framejob cheaters, who value murderers with statues and wifebeaters (Suggs, Rice), about to miss the playoffs 4 years in a row, ever stop cheating?

    As we speak, Bisciotti and Goodell are flying down to Augusta to tee off tomorrow morning.

  14. Every year these idiots get caught doing something. If this where New England the sky would be falling and people would be screaming for Roger to drop the hammer. It wouldn’t be “oh it’s only the preseason, it doesn’t matter”, instead it would be “they even cheat in the preseason, you know they do it all season long too”. Double standards.

  15. Goodell says “Fans want to know that we’re going to make sure that the rules are enforced across all thirty-two teams.”

    This sounds great, but in practice, he’s literally making a federal case out of it when one team is involved but issue a fine or warning or look the other way when other teams are involved, even for the same violation. If you’re really enforcing the rules equally on every team, then they should either all be getting the warning/fine/loss of a late round pick treatment or all be getting hammered.

  16. dsigrey says:
    September 19, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    Every year these idiots get caught doing something. If this where New England the sky would be falling and people would be screaming for Roger to drop the hammer. It wouldn’t be “oh it’s only the preseason, it doesn’t matter”, instead it would be “they even cheat in the preseason, you know they do it all season long too”. Double standards.

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    While I agree with you that does not mean the Ravens should be punished more. This was the right response for this first offense during preseason that can very easily just have been a guy grabbing the wrong helmet.

    As far as the response to if it had been the Patriots you are spot on but thats the thing thats wrong here. Thats just underhanded league tactics and hater nonsense.

  17. mogogo1 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Why would there be communications rules during the preseason?

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    Umm, maybe because you want to simulate things you want to deploy in the regular season?

    Wow.

    It doesn’t matter if it is preseason, what matters is the intent. The intent here was to have two QBs on the field with the headset into their helmet, which is clearly illegal.

    The hypocrisy and phony, fraud Goodell behavior is sick and the fact the media ignores this as a story, is even more sick.

    He cheats because his uneven rulings represent uneven punishments.

    If this was the Pats, ESPN would have a live feed into Foxborough with overnight coverage.

    Meanwhile, BB mocks Mangini in 2007, and it sets off over a decade of the idea that Goodell is always open for business to try to cheat NE when possible.

  18. jman967 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 6:16 pm
    Lots of straw men being built up and burnt down here by Pats fans.
    It was preseason. Not even comparable to anything they have been punished for in the past. Who cares, it’s the preseason. Pay the “stupid tax” and move on.
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    It’s not like it matters in the regular season either. Just ask the Giants.

    You are right though. It’s not comparable. One team got railroaded out of picks and $ despite failing to prove game day rules were violated while every other team that gets caught with hard evidence gets off with a pat on the backside.

    G’Luck justifying how a rule violation only counts in the regular season. LOL

  19. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:19 pm
    While I agree with you that does not mean the Ravens should be punished more. This was the right response for this first offense during preseason that can very easily just have been a guy grabbing the wrong helmet.

    As far as the response to if it had been the Patriots you are spot on but thats the thing thats wrong here. Thats just underhanded league tactics and hater nonsense.
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    The problem is the backup helmet should not be available according to the game day operations manual. It should be on the sidelines locked up until needed. First year coach might be able to get away with that (which is probably being a bit generous). Unfortunately Harbaugh is anything but that.

  20. To all those poo-pooing the Pats fans, imagine waking up to this headline tomorrow:

    “Patriots caught red-handed with additional radio helmets on the field”

    Who doesn’t click on that? How many books are written?

  21. fobsessed20 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Lmfao Pats fans get so triggered by this bs
    ===========================
    The number of non-Pats fans thinking Spygate\Deflategate was BS? Exactly none.

    Both of which were and still are BS. All the more reason to use the same stupid hammer over the same stupid BS.

  22. Someone grabbed the wrong helmet excuse????Is it one size fits all??They did it to see if they could get away with it…this isn’t high school.Nobody on that staff knew the rules..that’s what your trying to get everyone to believe.It wasn’t a 12 men on the field..it was 2 QBs…I wonder if they tried to hide one of the green dots.

  23. September 20, 2018 at 3:08 am
    fobsessed20 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Lmfao Pats fans get so triggered by this bs
    ===========================
    The number of non-Pats fans thinking Spygate\Deflategate was BS? Exactly none.

    Both of which were and still are BS. All the more reason to use the same stupid hammer over the same stupid BS.

    _____________________________

    Yep Pats fans reaction to this is more reason why everyone calls you cheaters. If you think what the Ravens did here is cheating, then spying on other teams plays and altering footballs pressure during a playoff would definitely constitute cheating by your very own reaction into this. I am a Ravens fan and think all of your scandals are bs. However, given all these butthurt Pats fans accusing us of cheating…well then this indicates you are cheaters too. Funny how that works, huh?

  24. call Ted Wells…. where is the outrage and crys to defend the integrity of the game…. oh wait it’s not the Patriots…. ok fine em and move on…

  25. This is why Patriots fans have a problem with the commentary. If this was the Patriots, the first paragraph would read:

    “The Patriots have been busted for cheating about coach-to-player communications during preseason games,” which is fine, but the same standards are NOT being applied to other teams when caught violating the rules. This isn’t rationalizing what the Patriots have done. They broke rules. But if you’re gonna slam the Pats, then give these other teams the business, as Red Cashion is wont to say, too.

    The way it’s written sort of changes the whole narrative. Funny how this was barely mentioned on ESPN considering that the Ravens are one of the teams that started the whole Deflategate debacle. Now I understand it occurred in preseason, but I have always been told that you perform how you practice. If they’re doing this during practice….

  26. Sorry… it is the preseason. I just can’t overreact to this. In my view, this is nothing more than a “my bad… we didn’t think about the whole green dot thing.”

    As far as the “but if this was New England…” people, you really can’t be serious about so called double standards. Yeah… humans are weird about that. We tend to treat people who have a history of dishonestly different from those who do not.

  27. And Mike Tomlin got fined 100K for stepping on the field during an reg season game / interfering with a touchdown.

    Makes perfect sense Mr. Goddell

  28. fobsessed20 says:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:22 am
    September 20, 2018 at 3:08 am
    fobsessed20 says:
    September 19, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Lmfao Pats fans get so triggered by this bs
    ===========================
    The number of non-Pats fans thinking Spygate\Deflategate was BS? Exactly none.

    Both of which were and still are BS. All the more reason to use the same stupid hammer over the same stupid BS.

    _____________________________

    Yep Pats fans reaction to this is more reason why everyone calls you cheaters. If you think what the Ravens did here is cheating, then spying on other teams plays and altering footballs pressure during a playoff would definitely constitute cheating by your very own reaction into this. I am a Ravens fan and think all of your scandals are bs. However, given all these butthurt Pats fans accusing us of cheating…well then this indicates you are cheaters too. Funny how that works, huh?

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    Who altered the pressure of the Colts’ footballs and why were the Colts not punished?

  29. fobsessed20 says:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Yep Pats fans reaction to this is more reason why everyone calls you cheaters. If you think what the Ravens did here is cheating, then spying on other teams plays and altering footballs pressure during a playoff would definitely constitute cheating by your very own reaction into this. I am a Ravens fan and think all of your scandals are bs. However, given all these butthurt Pats fans accusing us of cheating…well then this indicates you are cheaters too. Funny how that works, huh?
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    The scandals are\were BS (this and others as well). That said, since the throng of less informed NFL fans insist any form of unproven rule breaking is cheating (despite literally decades of NFL history steeped in similar activities) the only thing Pats fans can say is welcome to the club. The problem is the membership fee to the club has only been paid by one team so far.

  30. kennylc2015 says:
    September 20, 2018 at 9:29 am
    Sorry… it is the preseason. I just can’t overreact to this. In my view, this is nothing more than a “my bad… we didn’t think about the whole green dot thing.”

    As far as the “but if this was New England…” people, you really can’t be serious about so called double standards. Yeah… humans are weird about that. We tend to treat people who have a history of dishonestly different from those who do not.
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    LOL. This isn’t the first time the Ravens have had issues with bending the rules. Yet they get the benefit of the doubt despite their history of dishonesty. Why do you suppose that is? Give me a break already.

    You realize the “integrity” of the league is the absence of double standards, right?

  31. annapterp says:
    September 20, 2018 at 9:37 am
    Big deal. Completely meaningless but amusing to see the comments here.
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    Said every Pats fan until the NFL decided to spend $5+ million on making up science.

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