Ray Edwards Got Off Light
November 21, 2008 at 11:46pm by Scott • 3 Comments »
Ray Edwards was fined $25,000 for not just the hit he laid on Jeff Garcia during the Vikings game last week, but also a leg whip. He will not be suspended.
Edwards also committed another foul that was deemed unnecessary roughness when he “leg whipped” an unidentified Bucs player, the league said.
Resident handsome man Matt Price lists some fines in the previous post that seem to set a pattern for heavier fines for similar (or less serious) infractions. But one that he doesn’t list is Elbert Mack‘s one game suspension for a high hit on Matt Ryan. And Mack’s hit wasn’t nearly as late as Edwards’s or delivered with as much malice, but yet he was suspended. Oh, and lest you think that Mack’s punishment was more severe because it was his second offense, Edwards was also fined previously for “excessive contact” against quarterbacks.
What all this tells me? The league values Matt Ryan more than Jeff Garcia. Ryan is the first quarterback taken in the draft, the face of a franchise and one of the young, white guys who is going to make Atlanta forget about Michael Vick, start attending more games and generate a bunch of money for the entire league for years to come. Garcia is approaching 40, has very little star power, and is on a team where defense wins games and the quarterback’s job is to not lose them. In conclusion, the NFL can eat a big plate of dick for their anti-Buccaneer bias.