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Sunday Scoops: NFL getting tough on crime 2008-11-09

Sunday Scoops: NFL getting tough on crime 2008-11-09
The NFL has placed an emphasis this year on player conduct both on and off the field. They have come down hard this year on players — harder than in any year past — when it comes to setting a harsh tone through the fine system. Perhaps nowhere was this more evident than the league's reaction to last week's ugly brawl between the Jaguars and Bengals.

While news reports have surfaced reporting fines to Cincinnati's Andrew Whitworth and Jacksonville's John Henderson after a fight saw them each ejected last Sunday, the final punishment handed down by the league office turns out to be a staggering number.

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MAYBE THIS IS GETTING A LITTLE OUT OF HAND: The NFL has taken a strong stance this year on players, coaches, executives, etc. taking aim at the officiating. Thus far the league office has dropped a fine in the laps of Joey Porter, Jerry Jones, Sean Payton and James Harrison for such criticism. Now, another big name has been hit in the wallet for what the league felt was a similar offense.

FOX Sports has learned the league fined Patriots All-Pro WR Randy Moss $20,000 for what seemed like a fairly innocent and innocuous quote following last week's loss to the Colts.

Moss stated after their Sunday night name that there were some "iffy calls," hardly the same blast of the officiating that others have leveled. Still the league has apparently decided to show a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to the officials.

BRADY MAY BE A STAR IN CLEVELAND BUT ... Browns QB Brady Quinn gave the Dawg Pound the Cleveland fans an awful lot to be optimistic about Thursday night. The young QB showed signs that he is in fact the real deal. But rather than go out and live it up after his first start, he had something else to handle, a commitment most NFL starting quarterbacks probably aren't doing on Sunday.

When asked if he was going to go out and live it up this weekend, Quinn said, "Nah, I had to go back home to help my grandmother move. My folks are moving her and they needed my help."

Oh sure, what rising NFL star QB doesn't head home on an off weekend to help his grandmother move apartments?

Classic! By the way, of his play, Quinn said the most surprising thing about his first start was how slow things moved.

"You hear so many stories about a guy's first few games or his first year the game moving too fast," he said. "I heard that so many times but I have to be honest with you, it wasn't like that at all. It was as if I never stopped playing. It wasn't too fast, wasn't overwhelming. I was a little surprised by that because I've heard so many people talk about how fast it is. I'm not saying I lit it up but that wasn't a problem for me."

WHAT TO DO WITH WARNER? Cardinals QB Kurt Warner has clearly been the feel good story of the year. Yet the Cardinals have shown no inclination to get a deal done with the man with the hottest hand in the league over the last 17 games dating back to last year.

While Matt Leinart sits and waits, many inside the league are looking at the situation in the desert with a curious eyebrow raised. The Cards have FINALLY emerged as a division leader, largely due to Warner's play this year. Why let anyone in that locker room feel as if there won't be a commitment — show them business has changed in Arizona.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 9, 2008

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