Phillips: Dobbins' fine isn't fair

Phillips: Dobbins' fine isn't fair
November 15, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Phillips on Dobbins: I don't understand the fine system

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Wade Phillips is always good to showcase his opinion about anything that happens around the game of football. When asked about Tim Dobbins' fine of 30,000 dollars for his hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, Phillips let his opinion be heard.

"I don't understand the fine system when [Brian] Cushing gets put out for the season on an illegal play -- I know Dobbins hit the guy," Phillips said. "I  understand that. It's his first offense. Schaub got hit way worse than that in the ballgame and the fine was a lot lower than that I know that. I just don't see the fairness in all of it. It's only defensive players basically. If a linebacker gets put out for the season it's $10,000 but it's 30,000 if the quarterback gets hit."

Cushing was lost for the season in Week Five against the Jets on Monday night after being hit with a cutback block by Jets Guard Matt Slauson.  Slauson was fined $10,000 for his hit that torn Cushing's ACL and ended his season.

After Dobbins' hit on Cutler, Cutler continued to play the rest of the series as well as the Bears following series before being declared with a concussion during halftime.

"The guy made an 11-yard run the next play and tried to run over our defensive back and then he played the next series and had a 19-yard run in that series," Phillips said. "When did he get a concussion? You can't say he got it then for sure."

"When he's throwing the ball, you still have to be careful. You can't determine if he's gone a yard or two yards across the line of scrimmage ... if he's in a throwing motion, we've got to be careful," Phillips added. "I'm not saying the guy shouldn't be fined, I'm just saying I don't understand the fine system. Because it's on national TV and it's the quarterback and it's the Chicago quarterback got a concussion now it's a big fine. But it's not if Cushing played in another game, I just don't understand all that.

It was reported by the Chicago Tribune that Cutler's concussion on Sunday was his sixth of his career including his years at Vanderbilt.