Pat McManamon | ESPN.com
BEREA, Ohio — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay was fined for his hit to the head on Jason Campbell in Pittsburgh’s win on Sunday, but some members of the Cleveland Browns think the league should go further.
Some Browns think the NFL should add hits to the head as a reviewable play.
“If you’re talking about the emphasis they’re making on it,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said, “and the way people are getting fined, it would be something I would think they would look at and consider the possibility of reviewing that.”
Left tackle Joe Thomas agreed with Turner’s sentiment.
“It would be nice to at least have them have the ability from upstairs to buzz down to take another look at it or tell them they missed it or tell them it needs to be changed or whatever,” Thomas said.
Campbell received a concussion when Gay rushed untouched on a blitz. Campbell also fumbled, which Pittsburgh recovered and returned to the four-yard-line to set up a touchdown that put the Steelers ahead 20-3.
Gay, though, hit Campbell in the face mask, which caused Campbell’s head to snap to the side suddenly. It led to the fumble, and either the hit or Campbell’s head hitting the ground led to the concussion.
Gay was fined $15,750 by the league because he “unnecessarily delivered a forcible blow to his opponent’s head and neck area.”
Had the play been flagged by referee Terry McAulay, the Browns would have had a first-and-10 at Pittsburgh’s 24, down 13-3, with Brandon Weeden playing quarterback.
Players acknowledge the non-call affected the game result, and perhaps the season.
And though coach Rob Chudzinski was not willing to call for a quick replay review of hits to the head from the booth, some members of his team were.
“I know there’s two officials that sit in the booth and are watching the game and it would be nice to have them be able to review those type of plays,” Thomas said.
“They’re turning out to be as big of a momentum swing, as big of a play in the game, as a turnover or a touchdown and those are automatic because the NFL has said those plays are so important that we need to automatically review them. But a potential 15-yard penalty or a fumble returned for almost a touchdown, that’s a humongous play in the game.”
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