Ryan Mundy picked up a $22,000 fine for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Roddy White during Sunday's Bears-Falcons game. If that hit sounds familiar, it's probably because of this:
Flag was picked up, as detailed here: http://t.co/iFh6qefWZr MT @Edwerderespn: #Bears Ryan Mundy fined $22,050 for helmet-to-helmet hit— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) October 15, 2014
I was a little astonished the flag was picked up at the time, and while certainly my red-and-black glasses may have played a role in my wonderment, it looked like a helmet-to-helmet to this humble blogger. I was even more surprised when the referees picked up the flag, and it appears the league office disagreed with their
bumbling professional crew. You'll recall that the hit appeared to playing a role in Roddy dropping the pass and that it was pretty damn obvious Mundy's helmet contacted White's to everyone but the officiating crew.
Mundy has been fined one other time for a helmet-to-helmet on Darrius Heyward-Bey that sent the receiver to the hospital, so while I don't think he's a dirty player, he's not a guy who should be getting the benefit of the doubt on hits up that high. I'll readily admit that I was frustrated with the no-call at the time, and I'm even more frustrated now that Mundy's picked up a fine for this.