I hear ya Steel-43. There is something fundamentally wrong with what Goodell is trying to do here. It is a collision sport, as Mike says.
Always hated how punters try to get the roughing the kicker penalties by exaggerating any contact....effing kickers...
I'm all for protecting the QB's head and knees and players in general, but this is going overboard.
When you are not permitted to wrap up a QB (a 6'5" 233 one at that) and bring him to the ground, there is something definately wrong with the sport. When you are not permitted to lay out a beautiful block for a HB, TE or WR, something is wrong. The NFL makes money off the "The NFL's Hardest Hits" DVD's, yet they turn around and fine the guys who are doing the hitting.
We are at the point now, where Goodell doesn't even know why in the hell he's fining guys anymore....
NFL rescinding $7,500 fine to Giants star DE Justin Tuck
by Paul Needell/The Star-Ledger
Friday November 07, 2008, 7:54 PM
Upon further review, The Star-Ledger has learned Tuck need not appeal the fine he was slapped with for the personal foul called on him for leveling Cowboys QB Brooks Bollinger last Sunday. Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive VP of football operations, will be informing Tuck of this some time tonight.
According to a high-ranking league official, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had not even seen the play until today. He immediately told Anderson the fine was too harsh. Giants coach Tom Coughlin has defended Tuck throughout the week so both he and his best defensive player should feel quite vindicated.
And Giants fans can stop complaining to any media outlet that will listen.
Was the roughing the passer penalty unwarranted as well?
"The officials are instructed to err on the side of safety," the NFL official said. "Therefore, we support the call on the field. However, as you know, most penalties do not require a fine. A fine was not justified."