The NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones $15, 750 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last week’s 24-23 loss. Jones was called for unnecessary roughness for that hit, and the fine comes as no surprise.
The ironic thing is, Brady threw both of his picks after the hit and seemed to suffer performance-wise after the hit. The correlation doesn’t seem all too likely, and Brady had this to say about his performance due to the hit, “It was just poor execution by myself and poor fundamentals, and that’s the cause of it. I give Seattle a lot of [credit] for defense and I credit the way they play.”
You can’t go wrong with crediting one of the best, toughest secondaries in the league.
Jones, a 26-year-old offseason signing for the ‘Hawks, was once a star 4-3 DT for the Tennessee Titans under Jim Washburn’s famed Wide-9 scheme before digressing in a new defensive set-up in 2011. He’s a key pass rusher in sub-packages, and that shot may have been one of the key momentum changers in the game.
By the way, explosive New York Jets first-round rookie defensive end Quinton Coples was fined $10,000 for his vicious hit on Andrew Luck. That was also an unsurprising fine.
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