Of all the penalties the NFL has levied this season, this one might be the most ridiculous. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has been fined $50,000 for his actions on Sunday. During the third quarter against the Eagles, Arians grazed the helmet of safety Andrew Adams and bumped him away from an Eagles player. Adams was trying to pull his opponent off the pile, which would have been a penalty.

The involvement from Arians came in the third quarter, right after gunner Scotty Miller forced a fumble on a punt return. The Bucs had recovered in Eagles’ territory, leading 17-0. Adams attempted to pull an Eagles player off the fumble recovery pile, when Arians tottered over to intervene. The 69-year old head coach, who is moving on a partially torn achilles, slapped the side of Adams’ helmet to get his attention.

After the game, Arians explained the situation.

“No,” Arians said when asked if he regretted it. “I’ve seen enough dumb [things]. You can’t pull guys out of a pile. We just got a big play, great field position. And he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”

This is the height of the NFL doing whatever they want. There is clearly no ill-will here from Arians, and he barely touches Adams’ helmet. It’s obvious he’s trying to get his attention and stop him in a loud stadium right after a pivotal moment in the game. The fact that the NFL feels they must police such a meaningless situation is pretty on-brand for them.

“I’ll appeal it,” Arians said after practice on Wednesday. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.”

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fredster
fredster
4 months ago

Agreed NFl and Goodell are idiots overall.

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

Tough fine. But I do see why. He probably should have done like Todd Bowles did by pulling the player aside and speaking with him. Arian’s emotions got the best of him. And it’s somewhat understandable given the spur of the moment reaction. I’m sure Arians said something to the player after the game assuring him he meant no harm. Hey..win the championship and the Glazers probably pay the fine for him!!.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

There was a crowd around both Adams and the pile … Arians could only give a mild tap to Adams’ helmet in order to get his attention and stop him from continuing to commit a personal foul that can actually result in injuring a player – which is why it is a personal foul with a 15 yard penalty.

It wasn’t Arians’ emotions – it was Arians’ intelligence.

Intelligence – something the league officials are totally lacking. Disgusting.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

Wrong..as usual. Arains should have just pulled the guy aside Mr. Naples. Don’t beat a dead horse. Arians was fined..period. Next!!!!

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  twspin
4 months ago

Anyone who can “See why” this is even an issue is what is wrong with this world today 🙄

Billsid
Billsid
4 months ago

This is turning into a “wussy” league. We got hit harder then that in grade school football, yes by the coaches, and we deserved it.
What about Darnold, did he get fined or suspended for grabbing the throat of the cardinals player, or the smack in the face also!!

Dude
Dude
4 months ago

This is the kind of world we manufacture when we start giving out participation trophies to kids when they are young. Apparently, many snowflakes on social media was calling for this, and of course the NFL brass in fear of being ‘canceled’ caved in and obliged. The way things are going, I give the NFL about 5-6 years before I throw my hands up and say it’s over, it’s no longer fun to watch. The NFL is ate up with this pc bull crap and it’s only going to get worse as long as Sugar Goodell is in charge.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Dude
4 months ago

You’ll still be watching and whining 20 years from now snowflake.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
4 months ago

So, the snowflake comment got your feathers ruffled? It’s okay, one day you’ll take that participation trophy off your dresser and put it away for good, then you’ll understand what I said here. I thank the Good Lord that I grew up in the days when you had to earn your achievements!

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
4 months ago

So let me get this straight, the Eagles had a player hit Darden on the crown of his head while he was down on one knee and well after the whistle. No fine.
An Eagles player shoved Brady well after the ball was out, in the back, and no whistle or fine.
Aaron Donald choked a player again, and hit him in the face. No fine or suspension.
But let’s go after the coach, who didn’t do anything wrong. Got it

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Knightrider79
4 months ago

Exactly. That was the most obvious targeting I had witnessed this season and not even an incidental call. The league obviously cares more about a handful of Snowflakes on Twitter than they do player safety.

drdneast
drdneast
4 months ago

I was surprised Adams tired to pull the player off the pile, he’s usually a smarter player than that. Trying to pin this on Goddell is just as stupid as the fine. The Commissioner doesn’t worry about things like this, he has a competition committee look at film and dole out fines and onealtes for minor infrations. Derrick Brooks used to sit on it, not sure if he still does.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Come on now, you don’t think Goddell ever gets that nail Ed when there is a stink from the public? Not every fine but when the public is talking about it he for sure gets involved at times.

Lawdy
Lawdy
4 months ago

unfortunately we all saw this coming.

Pewter Pirate
Pewter Pirate
4 months ago

Nothing for Donald choking another player again in less than 60 days after being fined for choking

Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa
4 months ago

Hey Pewter Pulse, as you well know, Coach Arians is a tremendous blessing to Champa Bay. To successfully perform all of the duties of a Head coach in the NFL while hobbling on a leg with a ruptured Achilles tendon is incredible. Could you please start a Go Fund Me,” page so Champa Bay fans can show BA how much we appreciate him? Please get this started and announce on Pewter Pulse how fans can contribute.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Ted in Tampa
4 months ago

U do mean Pewter Report right?

JSW
JSW
4 months ago

Coaches have been slapping around players as long as there has been football. When I played in high school, we had an away game at St. Pete High. As visitors, we got the girls locker room, which had those tiny little one inch tiles on the floor (from the 1920’s). We were dressed and ready to take the field. Coach called us to huddle around. He told us put on our helmet. “Buckle your chin-straps!” I was standing next to him. As soon as I buckled my chin strap he proceeded to elbow me right in the facemask. Caught by… Read more »

scubog
scubog
Reply to  JSW
4 months ago

Great story JSW. Times sure have changed, and not for the better.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  JSW
4 months ago

I remember my coach in football telling me, when I asked if I could get some water, he told me water was for winners! Get back out there!

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
4 months ago

I never knew the old man’s club was so concerned about a couple shekels out of the coaches fat bank account…”back in my day the coach would beat a 5 year old with a 2 X 4″…ahh the good old days. Who the eff cares about NFL fines or the way they’re handed out? Nobody’s suspended? Great, let’s play ball. Go Bucs!!!

Dman
Dman
4 months ago

Stupid, non-issue fine. Hurt BA’s hand more than Adams.

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

Just more ridiculousness over what was a non-issue. B.A. was merely trying to get his player’s attention, not beat him up. It sure wasn’t like Ray Perkins taking a swing at Charlie Hannah and it sure wasn’t anything like Woody Hayes hitting an opposing player as he ran by. At least so far, no one has tried to claim it was a “racist hate crime”. Good grief!

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  scubog
4 months ago

Coach is 70 and has a torn Achilles! He was just trying to get his player’s attention to prevent him from getting a flag! Did anyone actually think Coach had malice intentions when he did it?!

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

Back in the day, schools were better and they had more discipline! I remember getting spanked on a few occasions with a paddle with holes in it made in the shop class! U could hear it before it hit u!

Ted in Tampa
Ted in Tampa
4 months ago

To Bucballer, yep Pewter Report should start a “Go Fund Me” effort to support BA with this fine so we can show him our support. We might not reach $50K, but at least we can show our Coach our support for him.