Every week the NFL reviews their games for any illegal plays that would warrant a fine. They do so because not every illegal action is caught by the referees on the field, so a fresh set of eyes is needed to ensure no one is getting away with something that would reflect poorly on their brand.
In Monday night’s Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots game, there was one such play that should have resulted in a fine. Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones slid and lifted his foot to kick Bears’ rookie Jaquan Brisker in the testicles.
Mac Jones out here kicking dudes in the nuts.. arrest this man pic.twitter.com/ZBIlhRN7Aa— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) October 25, 2022
This is apparently who Mac Jones is, a dirty prick, but as a quarterback, the league will give him a pass.
The NFL did not give Bears’ defensive tackle Mike Pennel a pass, however. He was fined $6,222 for unnecessary roughness because of that illegal blindside block on Patriots center David Andrews, who ended up in concussion protocol.
Such a bush league hit by Mike Pennel on David Andrews. Watch No. 60 right near the midfield logo after the INT.— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) October 25, 2022
Andrews walked to the locker room very, very slowly and unsteadily after this. Hope he's OK. pic.twitter.com/pmykeksh4m
“I saw it. Yeah. Totally in the wrong,” Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said about the hit. “He should not do that. And I told him right afterward. And that’s not what we teach. We don’t teach that. It’s not good football.”
Pennel’s illegal hit got him ejected and was certainly deserving of the fine, but Mac Jones skating by without one is a joke.