Mason Foster Reacts To Personal Foul

August 18th, 2011

Joe truly has no clue how NFL hatchetman Roger Goodell imposes fines or discipline. It seems pretty willy nilly to Joe.

But Joe’s hoping the hatchetman doesn’t come down on rookie Mason Foster, whose personal foul for drilling Chad Ochocinco over the middle on the Patriots’ second possession was a worthless call simply on a beautiful football play. Joe might say John Lynch would roll over in his grave about a call like that, but Lynch is alive and well calling Bucs preseason games on WTSP-TV, Ch. 10.

Joe didn’t hear Lynch’s reaction yet, but Foster offered Joe his two cents.

“I can’t worry about it becaue I think you just gotta play. I don’t think I hit him with my helmet,” said Foster, who acknowledged the hit would not be a penalty in college. “[Coaches and Teammates] have been telling me to not let the penalty alter my game. … Hopefully, they don’t fine me. I don’t have any money yet.”

Geno Hayes said he and his teammates will support Foster in every possible way.

“That’s a part of the game now. It wasn’t a bad hit, but that’s the NFL. I don’t know if you get used to it or not. If it is a fine, we’d help him out. … Yeah, with money. That kind of call for a rookie can get to you. We won’t let that happen.”

Foster’s hit, sadly, was one of the highlights for the Bucs’ first-team defense. He got a little lost in pass coverage on the Pats’ first touchdown, but the kid does fly around the field.

11 Responses to “Mason Foster Reacts To Personal Foul”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    Seems to the the NFL owes Foster and the Bucs some money. That was a clean powerful hit that deserves praise. Nice job foster. Thanks NFL for continuing to find ways to ruin this game.

  2. BallSensei Says:

    Hit looked pretty clean to me… Mase keep doin what you do… That’s the way the game is played…. Big Time hit on a big time player…. Don’t change a thing with the intensity… I’m all for protecting players but that was a darn near textbook pop… Wrapping up will minimize the laundry from flying… Coach Cross would be proud of you 😉 Patriots are a great team to learn from and we all know you’re going to keep adding knowledge… Tampa fans I’m trying to tell ya, you got a gamer in Mr. Mason Foster… Can I get a witness?PS… I like your take on it Joe… Maybe Ruud fans can breathe a little easier knowing what Mason’s gonna do when he has some time and games under his belt…

  3. Matt Says:

    FYI, Lynch basically said he didn’t think it was a bad hit, but that it’ll get called every time in today’s NFL.


  4. RichinNC Says:

    Hey goodell just put little flags on the sides of the receivers and be done with it you big sissy.

    Nice hit. Kid really has some upside in him if he isn’t broke or ruined mentally by the end of his first year.

    Should fine Brady for throwing a ball too low and causing the receiver to get into a situation that may result in injury.

  5. william Says:

    that was not mason foster fault on the touchdown, that was sean jones.

  6. Ian P Says:

    For what it’s worth, Barrett Ruud has never hit anything that hard in his life. That’s the first thing I thought when I saw that.

  7. MTM Says:

    Foster did exactly what your suppose to do to break up a pass. It was text book tackling not malicious in any way. Now get ready to cut a check.

  8. Paul Says:

    Lynch has come a long way since calling the NFL hypocrites for penalizing big hits, then releasing DVD’s of the NFL’s biggest hits. Which I agree with him on. But he seems not to knock this play and gives an opinoin of both sides.

    The hit didn’t look helmet to helmet, its not Foster’s fault that the receiver was defenseless, Brady led him into that. I guess all you have to do is throw in the middle and it turns into 2-hand touch.

  9. Dave Says:

    It looked perfect to me. He met the WR, with his shoulder at the point of the ball. The ball happened to be near the WR’s head, but it did not look like a head-to head in anyway.

    At some point they have got to say: look, it is football, there are risks, otherwise take the pads off and play flag football.

    it is getting ridiculous.

  10. Joke Says:

    Not sure what everyone else was watching. The replay with the angle from downfield sure looked helmet-to-helmet.

    The team is right, though — Foster can’t let it get to him and has to keep playing with that same intensity. He just got unlucky because Ochocinco’s helmet came down just as Foster was coming in.

  11. Paul Says:

    It looked helmet to helmet at the game, but when I watched the game this morning it looked like he hit with his shoulder first.

    Even Ochocinco gave props to Foster for the hit, saying that’s the way the game should be played, and he’d even pay the fine if he gets one…