I'm still reserving judgement until I get a good video or image of the fine. The one I saw it wasn't clear on the impact. What I did see is Welker was going north to south and Pollard was moving east to west.
In this case he made about $40,000 for this playoff game (bonus), so I guess he is paying his fine from his bonus.
I heard on the radio that the low paid players relay on the extra games as an important part of their income.
Funny, no decent video or still image yet. But I like the statement Pees made:
Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said Friday that he wants the defense to play aggressive, but they also have to balance the league’s new rules that protect defenseless receivers.
“I’m sure we are up there on defensive roughing penalties somewhere. I’m sure we are at the top of the list,” Pees said:
“I don’t want to say that I don’t care; I do care. I don’t ever want to get a penalty, but sometimes those penalties you think twice about coming over the middle whether you got a penalty or you didn’t get a penalty. They all take their toll. I’m not saying that I want penalties or I want to hit somebody like that, but at the same time, we aren’t going to back off. We are going to play football."
He's got a point. Pollard has laid big hits in all three playoff games and even though some of them were flagged, the 15 yard trade off is worth it when you see how dropsy all three receiving corps got afterward.
That specific hit led Welker to hear Pollard's footsteps three plays later and drop that sure first down, swinging momentum in our favor. Worth $15,000 I'd say. It was also clear helmet to helmet contact.
The biggest problem I'll have is if the Pats player who laid out Pitta (who still completed the catch) at the 5 doesn't get a fine. That non-call was bullshit though not costly as Pitta caught a TD pass a minute or so later.