NFL’s egregious fine for Colts’ E.J. Speed needs to be rescinded
What the NFL is watching vs what the average fan is watching somehow features a considerable gap in perspective.
The latest such instance came at the expense of Indianapolis Colts linebacker E.J. Speed, who was fined for what the league determined to be “unsportsmanlike conduct” during the team’s Week 9 game against the New York Jets.
Now, just for a quick comparison, that viral video you likely saw of New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones twisting the ankle of Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns, in what many deemed to be a dirty play, went unpunished.
But Speed was fined over $5,000 for … this? We keep playing this on loop and are looking for the violation. Can’t seem to find anything.
The NFL fined Colts linebacker E.J. Speed for … doing nothing?
If we can even call that a “taunt,” it’s arguably the weakest one that’s resulted in a fine in NFL history? At the very least, it’s top three. Who reviewed the film from last week’s set of games and determined this should’ve been retroactively penalized?
Speed, who’s only played in 33 defensive snaps this year and makes just $850,000, saw ONE defensive snap against the Jets compared to 17 on special teams. This play came late in the fourth quarter when Speed made a nice tackle on the kickoff to take down Braxton Berrios.
Then he did this against the Jaguars on Sunday:
Nothing wrong with getting amped about making a big play!
Anyway, how are the refs/league even looking for penalties late in a blowout contest between two sub .500 teams on Thursday Night Football? Isn’t there a better use of time?
Again, Mac Jones nowhere to be found! Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh accidentally made contact with a referee when running back to the sideline and that penalty altered the outcome of Chicago’s game against the Steelers on Monday Night Football. The NFL reviewed that play, upheld the fact it was an infraction, AND levied a fine.
The wild inconsistent punishments/outcomes on reviews of these plays is truly out of hand, and the fact a player who gets infrequent playing time such as Speed, who hardly did anything to attract attention on this play, further shows the league needs to change their process by whatever means possible.