2013 NFL Regular Season Fines Review

January 4th, 2014 by Michael Ginnitti

USATSI_7581329_160074578_lowresWith the 2013 NFL regular season now completed, we’ll take a moment to review the various fines handed out to players on the field through 17 weeks of football.

The 211 reported fines totaled $3,005,085. Plenty of charitable donations. Where does it go? The official NFL communciations department states:

“All on field fine money collected by the NFL is used for charitable purposes. These funds have been used to support retired player programs, including the NFL Player Care Foundation and NFLPA Players Assistance Trust; disaster relief initiatives; and health-related charities.”

Most Fined Players

Dashon Goldson has been fined 7 times in his 7 year career, 3 of which came in 2013. His $100,000 fine for a helmet to helmet hit against Darren Sproles (RB, NO) was tied for the largest this season with the #2 ranked player on this list, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh. Suh has also been fined 7 times – in just 4 NFL seasons.

Player # Total Cost % of 2013 Pay
Dashon Goldson (S, TB) 3 $190,000 4.22
Ndamukong Suh (DT, DET) 3 $139,375 1.13
Bernard Pollard (S, TEN) 3 $67,750 3.8
William Moore (S, ATL) 3 $53,550 .51
Vontaze Burfict (LB, CIN) 3 $52,000 10.83
Clay Matthews (LB, GB) 3 $46,500 .21

Related: Browse the full list of 2013 NFL fines

 

Types of Fines

Roughing the passer fines nearly doubled any other category in the regular season, a testament to the league cracking down on quarterback safety. The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions were both tagged 4 times for roughing the passer fines this season.

While the hit to a defenseless receiver brought in nearly $500,000 in fines thus far. Players leading with the crown of their helmets, one of the new rules for 2013, accrued just 4 fines in 2013, good for 10th in total money ($78,750).

Fine Type # Total Cost
Roughing the Passer 48 $710,250
Hit on a Defenseless Player 26 $491,050
Helmet-Helmet Hit 15 $375,220
Late Hit 27 $226,125
Excessive Facemask 24 $181,035
Horse Collar Tackle 10 $146,000
Striking/Kicking/Kneeing 13 $123,750
Low Block 1 $100,000
Physical Contact w/ Official 4 $95,375
Crown of Helmet 4 $78,750
Blindside Block 4 $73,000
Fighting 6 $63,000
Unsportsmanlike Conduct 7 $62,250
Uniform/Equipment Violation 5 $51,250
Celebration 6 $49,375
Leg Whip 3 $39,375
Taunting 4 $31,500
Clipping 2 $25,750
Spearing 1 $21,000
Peelback Block 2 $20,000
Chop Block 2 $15,750

Fines by Position

They’ve been labeled the nastiest players in the league year in and out, so it should be no surprise that safeties lead by a wide margin in terms of dollars fined in 2013. Of the 38 fines, 10 were hits to a defenseless player, 8 were helmet-to-helmet hits, and 6 were for roughing the passer.

Defensive Linemen accounted for 53 fines, totalling over $730,000 this season. 45% of those fines came to the tune of roughing the passer. Late hits accounted for another 15%.

A bit more surprisingly, wide receivers were fined 18 times this season in a variety of fashions. Five of the fines were tied to excessive facemasks, while many others including some form of taunting, celebration, or unsportsmanlike conduct. The somewhat high total cost is largely in part to Bears WR Brandon Marshall’s $25,500 in fines for wearing unauthorized cleats in two different games this season.

Position # Total Cost
Safety 38 $743,175
Linebacker 32 $570,250
Defensive End 34 $407,875
Defensive Tackle 19 $326,875
Cornerback 22 $321,285
Wide Receiver 18 $171,750
Guard 12 $133,750
Running Back 8 $106,875
Offensive Tackle 5 $55,125
Tight End 5 $47,250
Quarterback 5 $45,750
Center 5 $43,625
Kicker 1 $15,750
Fullback 1 $7,875
Punter 1 $7,875

Fines by Team

The Lions are the far and away “winners” in terms of number of and total fines, including 5 late hits and 4 roughing the passers. The Buccaneers had is sues in terms of a reckless defense, totaling 3 hits on defenseless receivers, 2 helmet to helmet hits, and 2 roughing the passer fines. The St. Louis Rams accrued 10 fines this regular season, but for a total of just $86,625

Team # Total Cost
Detroit Lions 17 $299,000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 $281,875
Tennessee Titans 10 $161,250
Washington Redskins 9 $158,125
New York Jets 9 $142,625
Green Bay Packers 7 $120,000
Houston Texans 6 $118,125
Atlanta Falcons 7 $108,675
Dallas Cowboys 7 $107,625
Arizona Cardinals 8 $104,000
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 $103,250
Chicago Bears 8 $101,625
Baltimore Ravens 9 $99,750
San Francisco 49ers 8 $96,750
Carolina Panthers 7 $93,250
Buffalo Bills 7 $91,125
Cincinnati Bengals 6 $90,625
New England Patriots 8 $87,625
St. Louis Rams 10 $86,625
Denver Broncos 6 $74,375
New Orleans Saints 8 $73,000
Miami Dolphins 5 $68,250
Seattle Seahawks 6 $65,625
Philadelphia Eagles 5 $64,625
New York Giants 4 $47,160
Indianapolis Colts 4 $39,375
Minnesota Vikings 2 $34,125
Jacksonville Jaguars 3 $31,500
Cleveland Browns 3 $23,625
Oakland Raiders 2 $23,625
San Diego Chargers 1 $7,875
Kansas City Chiefs 0 $0

 

 

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