Urlacher rips NFL’s policy on hits

Posted Dec. 01, 2010 @ 6:50 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Bears MLB Brian Urlacher didn't hold back when he was asked about the NFL's disciplinary system for dangerous hits on Wednesday. Urlacher criticized the league for the way it has punished players during an interview on "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN radio.

"I think it's bull the way they are doing it," Urlacher said. "The thing I don't like about it is, if they say it, you pay the fine, that's all there is to it. I don't know who makes the decision. I don't know if it's one guy, two guys, but I don't think it's fair.

"I think we should have a panel of guys who look at those hits and go over them. And I think the money is outrageous. Why can't there be different levels of fines? A league minimum guy getting fined $50,000? That's a lot of money for a guy making $300,000 a year. … It frustrates me every week when I see these hits and guys getting fined."

The NFL does have a panel to review hits. Merton Hanks, a nine-year NFL veteran who now serves as the director of football operations, and his staff look at the hits before making a recommendation on whether discipline is necessary to NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson.

Despite his frustration with the enforcement of the policy, Urlacher said it hasn't changed the way he or his fellow Bears defenders play.