Meriweather: NFL Policing Defenders Too Much

(CBS) Apparently, Brandon Meriweather is getting sick of the NFL taking money out of his paycheck for illegal hits.

After receiving two separate fines this seasons, Meriweather said the NFL is going too far with its policing of player hits.

“They teach you growing up that you’ve got to be violent and put the fear of God in people, but when you get to the league that you’ve been dreaming about your whole life, they tell you to change your game 100 percent or get money taken from you,” Meriweather told Sports Illustrated in the magazine’s Oct. 24 issue.

“I try lowering my target zone, but if you have a receiver who’s 5-8, it’s still going to be a helmet-to-helmet collision. How do you avoid that when you’re running full speed?”

Meriweather has received a total of $45,000 in fines so far this season.


  • Barney Phyfe

    Fortunately, the only fines you’ll be eligible for are Uniform Violations, should you be on the active roster.

  • tom Sharp

    Some of the calls are just ridiculous and some are the receivers’ fault for catching the ball and then diving to the turf (a la Willie Gault from 1985 or Williams and Knox today) that leads the defender into a ‘head-to- head.’ In general, the refs are ruining the game by becoming the focal point. I’ll be any money there are twice as many personal foul calls vs. D. Backs and quarterback hits this year as there were 10 years ago.

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