NFL fines Lovie Smith $50,000 for prohibited drills at offseason practice

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The NFL is continuing to crack down on coaches who don’t follow the rules requiring offseason practices to be non-contact.

The latest coach to get busted is Texans head coach Lovie Smith, who was fined $50,000 after a finding that he had his offensive and defensive linemen doing prohibited one-on-one drills, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

Smith is in his first season as head coach of the Texans, but it’s his third head-coaching stop in the NFL, and he also has many years as an assistant coach under his belt, so he certainly is well aware that contact isn’t allowed during the offseason.

Commanders coach Ron Rivera, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy and Bears coach Matt Eberflus have also been busted for violating the contact rules this month.

7 responses to “NFL fines Lovie Smith $50,000 for prohibited drills at offseason practice

  1. The cheating just won’t stop.

    Note how NE doesn’t ever violate these kinds of rules. Why? Because they know Goodell will look for anything, which is why anyone with a brain knows Deflategate was a framejob.

    Dallas and Baltimore have been caught numerous times with practice violations and nothing happens.

    Classic Goodell. Only apply certain punishments to certain teams while a team like NE is super organized and professional only to be framed by jealous teams who want to deflect from their insecurities.

  2. The league has gotten soft. It’s not the same game it was even 10 years ago. Ironically, guys not getting hit seems to make them MORE injury prone. Training camp and the preseason are a joke. The result is that fans don’t get good football until at least halfway through the season. Guys sit out regular season games because they have a sore toe. The progress on head injuries is good, but the rest of it has ruined the game. The NFLPA is doing to the NFL what the UAW did to Detroit.

  3. Lovie is doing the best he can – working with basically nothing.. a lot of these coaches are doing everything they can … anyway what happened to the 80’s and 90’s, when training camp was actually grueling.. and a true test and a way to get ready for the season .. there’s way too much drama now, and the NFL is too sensitive !

  4. so the nfl does not like when teams have broken off season rules and fines teams, but yet the NFL does nothing when Watson has done a lot worse and a lot more touching.

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