Posted November 20, 2013

49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks fined $15,750 for hit on Drew Brees

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Ahmad Brooks had a sack, forced fumble and interception in Sunday’s loss in New Orleans. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,750 on Wednesday for a controversial hit on Drew Brees that drew a personal foul penalty. The penalty negated a strip-sack and allowed New Orleans to drive for the game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter of its 23-20 win on Sunday.

Brooks hit Brees in the neck with his arm, leading many to believe it wasn’t a penalty.

“I didn’t hit him with my hand or my helmet,” Brooks told reporters after the game. “I basically bear-hugged him. That’s just how football is played. I think this s— is bulls—-. Football, the way they call stuff these days, it’s watered down. It ain’t real no more.”

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Brees, who said the hit wasn’t malicious, still believed it warranted a penalty — as did NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.

“You can’t make forcible contact to the head or the neck area, even if the contact starts below the neck and rises up,” Blandino explained on NFL Network. “If there’s force to that contact, it’s a foul. Watch the initial contact, maybe around the shoulder, but it rides up into the neck area and brings the quarterback down with force.

“That’s why the flag was thrown for unnecessary roughness.”

The good news for Brooks is that both Ray Lewis and Tedy Bruschi said they’d help Brooks pay the fine.

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1 comments
ProfF
ProfF

Brooks should've just gone for the legs, then Brees's career couldve just been over that day.

I get that they want to guard the players, but if you're going to create a 2-inch hit box, you might as well just end the game entirely.  Half of these type of penalties are simply unavoidable.  If Brees was a few inches taller (he's below average height for a QB), that would've been a clean hit.  The players know what they're signing up for and are paid more in a season than most people make in a lifetime.  Let the game just be played.