A Nickell Robey-Coleman fine could be the closest the league comes to admitting error

AP

It’s Day Four since the non-call heard ’round the world, and the NFL has yet to say anything about it. By the weekend, the league could be saying something about it, indirectly.

The video that shows Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman interfering with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis as the ball approaches also shows Robey-Coleman make helmet-to-helmet contact with a receiver in a defenseless posture. Despite not being flagged, Robey-Coleman could be fined for the illegal hit to a defenseless player.

If the league office fines Robey-Coleman, the league will necessarily be admitting that a flag should have been thrown.

The admission could become even more explicit, if Robey-Coleman appeals. In cases like this, a player who gets fined without being flagged will argue that the absence of a flag proves he shouldn’t be fined. And that will force the league to say, within the confines of the appeal, that the flag erroneously wasn’t thrown.

The machinations of the league’s internal appeal processes remain a far cry from a public statement acknowledging error. But that may be the closest the league ever comes to making that acknowledgement. Unless senior V.P. of officiating Al Riveron decides to tackle the missed call in an official video addressing the various calls that cry out for explanation from Championship Sunday.

15 responses to “A Nickell Robey-Coleman fine could be the closest the league comes to admitting error

  1. The league office needs to start fining the refs and publicizing their names so that public opinion can help police whether these guys ever get selected for big games.

  2. If they fine him it will only add fuel to the fire of this whole situation. If they don’t fine him every player after this will use this in future appeal cases thus mitigating the leagues stance on safety. The NFL is in quiet the predicament here. Good news for NFL fans is that this very well may be the end of RG!

  3. Why fine him? He was just doing what most DBs would do in that situation just trying to prevent the TD even it means committing PI. He knows what he did it ain’t his fault the officials didn’t call it. Punish them not him. They suppose to fine every for DB for an uncalled PI now?

  4. Sean Payton needs to push this issue in the offseason to the rules committee. It should not stand that the refs decided who went to the Super Bowl. The CFL has replay review on pass interference so why can’t the NFL? Roger Goodell will never admit he’s wrong about anything, even the bogus Deflategate.

  5. cboys4life2014 says:

    Why fine him? He was just doing what most DBs would do in that situation just trying to prevent the TD even it means committing PI. He knows what he did it ain’t his fault the officials didn’t call it. Punish them not him. They suppose to fine every for DB for an uncalled PI now?
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    If all he did was interfere with the receiver, there would be no possibility of a fine.

    But the fine would not be for pass interference, it would be for helmet-to-helmet contact with a receiver in a defenseless posture.

    That is 100% a legitimate reason for a fine, whether a flag was thrown or not. It’s happened before and should be done in this case.

    I’m no Saints fan (flags and fines should have happened in the 2009 NFC Championship Game), but a fine is warranted for this hit.

  6. So, let’s see if I understand this correctly…the NFL may fine Nickell Robey-Coleman for a play that they, and they alone in America, haven’t commented on? I know the league regularly fines guys who were not flagged in a game, but…the league has been strangely silent about a play that generated discussion as hardly any other before it, and the league’s only apparent observation on the play is to FINE THE DEFENDER? Well, put that way, it all makes sense now.

  7. Not a Saints fan. The outcome of the NFC Championship game is very unfortunate. Fans and players alike deserve to see the better teams in the super bowl. Am I the only one who can’t stomach to watch a SB with the wrong participant from the NFC?

    New Orleans fans will never get over this outcome. It is not unlike the Dez Bryant non-catch catch undoing the better team a few years ago. Situations like this HAVE to be fixed. Otherwise, why tune in to watch.

  8. I’m not sure how Robey-Coleman could appeal a fine after posting what he did on Facebook. Although he probably doesn’t remember posting it. He seemed really out of it.

  9. It sucks, but it happened, we all need to move past this. Let it go. Sean Peyton snuck off into the locker room after the refs took all the blame while everyone ignores his horrible game management in a NFC conference game.

  10. James Jackson says:
    January 24, 2019 at 10:23 am

    It sucks…Sean Peyton snuck off into the locker room after the refs took all the blame while everyone ignores his horrible game management in a NFC conference game.
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    This line of thinking is just dumb. Had the refs done the job they were trained and paid to do, and thrown the flag on a blatant & flagrant foul, “game management” never would have come up. Had the refs done the job they were trained and paid to do, then the Saints would have had the opportunity to run out the clock and easily win, with “clock management”. The fact is – the refs completely blew it, which took away that opportunity – and they deserve to take all the blame, since they remain solely responsible for the ensuing kerfuffle.

  11. Nickell Robey-Coleman made the greatest defensive play to date in Rams history when your beat at corner back you make sure the wr don’t catch the ball and make the refs make the call which we all know they didn’t so great job NRC. Don’t blame the Rams blame the refs.

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