San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks fined $15,570
The fine handed out by the league is typical of the category he was found to have violated, which is hitting the head and neck area. His agent Greg Williams said that he would appeal against the penalty as there are many that say the tackle was legit and fining was just an example of how football nowadays was being softened.
The tackle resulted in a lost fumble but the referee gave a personal foul and the Saints got to keep the possession of the ball. After that the match turned in favour of the Saints who scored two field goals and won the math 23-20. Many argue that the penalty was the game changing event which was the reason the 49ers lost.
Brooks wasn’t one to take the penalty softly either and argued that it was just a bear hug tackle and he did not hit with either his helmet or the hands. He wasn’t the only one to talk against the fine as coach Jim Harbaugh shared the view that the hit was okay according to NFL guidelines.
"Our interpretation was, when we grade a player, if he's got a penalty we give him a minus, but we did not assign a minus on that play. The play occurred that occurred. I thought Ahmad hit at the right level, hit at the shoulder level,” he said.
“The quarterback kind of shrunk down and that's the official's call to make. I'm going to see it the way I see it and that's going to be a slanted view,” Harbaugh continued. “I really don't know much more to say about that."
49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers supported Brooks and his point of view.
"That's bad. When you look at it, it's a vicious hit. He's 260 pounds and I'm pretty sure Brees is a little over 200. Any time you blindside a guy like that it's a vicious hit,” he said.
"But when you slow it down, he didn't touch his head. I'm surprised in the fine. A lot of people are probably surprised. Enough's been said around the world about that hit,” Rogers said. “I think at the time, as a referee just seeing it, I think the back judge threw it, you have to throw that flag then. Unfortunately it hurts us on our side of the ball. That was a big play at that time of the game."