The Baltimore Ravens felt that Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and defensive end Tyson Jackson should have been fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Joe Flacco and trying to pull Todd Heap’s helmet off, respectively. Fortunately for the young Chiefs’ wallets, the NFL felt otherwise and decided not to fine either player.
“We saw both of those on film,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “We sent those into the league. The helmet-to-helmet on the slide, Joe is protected at that point from a head shot. And then the other one, that speaks for itself. Everybody saw that.”
Operating as a bodyguard for his teammate, offensive tackle Michael Oher intervened on Heap’s behalf.
“It looked like he was trying to take his helmet off,” Oher said. “I don’t know what he was doing. You can’t have that on a teammate. We’re a family.”
The way the league protects quarterbacks I was surprised that Belcher didn’t draw a flag on the play and I’m flat out shocked that he didn’t get a hefty fine. The play looked like it could have gone either way but we’ve seen a whole lot less get flagged.
As for Jackson’s weird helmet pulling incident, I’m not even sure what exactly he was trying to accomplish… y’know, other than ripping Heap’s helmet off. Maybe he figured it was about time someone on the defense tried to take him out? Either way, it wasn’t something worthy of a fine.