By Justin Adkins:
Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel has been fined $40,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet (kind of) hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan Sunday night.
Samuel was flagged and called for unnecessary roughness on the play, even though it appeared Samuel led with his shoulder and only incidentally slid into the receiver’s facemask.
The flag, and now the fine, have Samuel not only upset, but looking to change his playing style.
“If you’re not looking, I’m going low,” he said Wednesday.
Samuel is roundly criticized for his tackling ability, though it does seem like he is always willing to throw a big hit.
“They don’t pay me to tackle,” he joked. “Now they’re charging me to tackle.”
The NFL’s recent crackdown on hits to the head has some players frustrated, including the Eagles corner.
“I think they want us to go low on the defenseless receiver and break some legs, that’s probably what they want,” he said. “It seems like that’s what they prefer. I would hate to have to hit a guy low and he’s not looking. You know what I’m saying?”
Samuel was originally fined $50,000, but a supposed call from Andy Reid to the league office got it dropped by 10k.
In a letter from the league describing the fine, Samuel was told he was repeat offender, though he’s never been fined before.
“I never got fined for a hit before, so I don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said.
Another donation to the league’s weekly collection hat came from Eagles guard Todd Herremans. The veteran was fined $5,000 by the league for a chop block on Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty in this past Sunday’s game.
Herremans was actually flagged twice for low blocks, both against Canty. The Giants defender was unsurprisingly unhappy.
“Two of them. Same guy,” said Canty, per the Newark Star-Ledger. “When you talk about players doing that to one another … playing hard, playing between the whistles is one thing. But that was a dirty play. I think we all can agree on that. …That kind of behavior, it’s either taught or it’s allowed. Either way, it has no place in our game.”
The Eagles will face the Giants again on December 29, and Canty is looking forward to it.
Said the massive d-tackle, “We all reap what we sow. We all reap what we sow.”
Herremans himself disagreed with Canty’s contention that the blocks were dirty.
“It took me off guard a little bit,” said Herremans. “Chris and I have been playing against each other for a long time. I would hope he would know that I’m not a dirty player. I’ve never played the game of football my entire life with the intent of hurting everybody.”
After the game, Herremans tried to speak to Canty, but the Giants defender wasn’t interested in talking.
Herremans does not intend to appeal the fine.
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