Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene (right) and inside linebacker Jon Bostic (57) warm up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Jon Bostic Fined $21k For Hit On Mike Willie


The BOOM that Jon Bostic lowered on Chargers WR Mike Willie has been called illegal and the kid was fined $21k for it.

The league says that Bostic’s fine is because Mike Willie was a defenseless receiver on the play.

I can’t agree with the fine on the kid. What are you supposed to do in that situation? He made a great play, but I guess it was illegal in the eyes on the NFL.

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  • Cgoodness13

    Alot of people called it a spear

    • boltingindiego

      thats what you call a text book spear

  • Adam

    Yea Goodell is ruining the NFL. Sad

    • boltingindiego

      well goodells in a no win situation with all the concussion lawsuits coming at him/ nfl.

  • Stefanie Smith

    He could have tackled Willie without annihilating him. There were other options. It was wrong. Dirty play.

    • mjc

      Yeah, he should have just grabbed his flag…oh, wait, what sport is he playing again?

    • kris

      Stephanie, your kidding me right? Dirty play?! That was a clean hard hit. This is a contact sport, what a joke.

      • joerockt

        A coach told me long ago “Football isn’t a contact sport, its a collision sport.”

    • boltingindiego

      dude whent for tackle and aimed for chest clean play not his fault willie his cutting the opposite direction where hes not straight up. Blame the play call and rule of the so called defenseless receiver.

      • unclealfie

        The only problem is that he “aimed for the chest” with his helmet, dumbass. Open your friggin eyes!

        • boltingindiego

          hey fuck head he was fined for the defenseless receiver rule not for the helmet location.

        • arnie

          That rule only applies if was approaching from the Front, NOT the side.

    • Christian Vincent

      Its football, it is by nature a collision sport. That is how I was taught to hit in high school, face in the chest. I am a charger fan until the day I die but i have to throw a shout out to MNF countdown back when football was football; Mike Willie, you got JACKED UP.

    • joerockt

      If only you could see me rolling my eyes. Have you noticed you seem to be the only Charger fan crying foul here?

      And what would be those other options? Going low and destroying his knee Keller style? Give em a pat on the back and say “Nice catch”?

  • Stefanie Smith

    And give it time with the Dustin Keller hit- probably will be a fine there also.

    • Gunnar Martin

      That was a clean hit. As was this one. It’s called FOOTBALL people.

  • RZR

    Terrible fine for a clean hit…So do the refs.get in trouble for not calling it? Damn league is going soft on us. Go BOLTZ!

  • Michigan Bruce

    Perfect tackle,the last time I checked that’s football.Why don’t the NFL just become flag football from now on if their not gonna let them play tackle football.

  • Pels04

    I disagree completely with the fine. It was a from tackle. Willie was defenseless just because he didnt see Bostic? So basically all big hits are illegal? Willie himself even said he thought it was clean.

    • rickochey

      you think willy wants to say that ‘he got his ass kicked’ with this hit when the coaches are looking for tough football players?

      • boltingindiego

        well he still took the hit and scored 2 touchdowns so that will endear him to his coaches about his toughness. No matter what he can say he still got lit up but he can say whether he thought it was a clean or illegal hit.

        • Pels04

          Thanks boltingindiego

        • unclealfie

          Wow! That’s big of you to allow that the man “can say whether he thought it was a clean or illegal hit.”

          • boltingindiego

            wow jack ass all i said was willie gave his opinion thought it was clean not to quote riko ” willy wants to say that ‘he got his ass kicked’

    • unclealfie

      maybe you could explain to the audience exactly what a “from tackle” is, professor?

      • Pels04

        Of course and thanks for joining class today. Since you don’t know what a form tackle is you must have never played football. Either that or you’ve lead with your head one too man times. My friends over at nflrush.com have provided a definition to the term “Form Tackle” for individuals like yourself. http://www.nflrush.com/story/usa-football-form-tackle-defense
        or you could just scroll up and watch the GIF

        • SD Sean

          Or….. You could just apologize for the typo :P

  • Stefanie Smith

    Plus I thought you weren’t supposed to lead with the head? How is that great?

  • snowcker

    The angle shown above is not the angle shown during the game. The one above looks more like just another hard tackle. From the opposite side you can clearly see Bostic lower his head. The initial hit is the crown of his helmet on the side of Willie’s helmet

    • Stefanie Smith

      Exactly.

    • Pels04

      You have to lower your head to some degree to throw your weight into the tackle and also to lead with your shoulder. He didnt use his helmet as a weapon.To me it looked like the contact of the helmets was from the whiplash not the initial contact. He put his head to the inside of the wr and dropped his pad level, like youre supposed to.

      • unclealfie

        Wrong. You do not have to “lower your head to throw your weight into the tackle”. There are several joints between head and shoulder.
        Fortunately, it doesn’t matter what your mistaken opinion is since the NFL agrees with me.

        • arnie

          That is the problem, YOU and the NFL are Wrong. making rules that go against the nature of football and form tackling are “IMPRACTICAL”.
          This is where the NFL error in judgment. the rules are stating, Bostic has to “wait” until the WR can defend himself, before he can tackled? Legally.
          The initial hit was his SHOULDER, Willies helmet made contact with Bostic crown as a result of the impact.

        • Pels04

          Bend your knees, your head lowers. Pretty simple really. NFL agrees with you? So youre the one responsible for all these dumb rules?

  • BoltAZ

    I gotta review some film on this but to me it LOOKS like a clean hit! snowcker maybe you can show us a link with a better angle.
    BoltUp!!!

    • rickochey

      thats right bud, waste your life away reviewing things like this… hahaha so stupid

      • Pels04

        go ahead, waste your life by bashing someone thats a fan of the game

    • boltingindiego

      clean hit but the so called “defenseless receiver” rule strikes again.

  • Rod

    confused…he tilted his head to the side and hit with his shoulder driving into the recievers shoulder/chest area…not the BEST heads up technique wise…but he didn’t use the crown of his helmet…and the reciever had fully possessed the ball and began to move…what else is he supposed to do? you can’t tell him don’t try to dislodge the ball…that’s his job in addition to making the tackle..which he also wrapped up the hit…so again…Goodell needs to go…

  • Pels04

    What bothers me most is the grey area & inconsistency of fines in relation to the calls or lack there of. If the league is going to hold the players responsible and fine them, then they also need to hold the referees responsible too. If something is obvious enough to fine a player 21k, then it should have been obvious enough for the referees to notice it and call it a penalty. When the NFL does this after no penalty was called it kind of makes them look bad or at least their referees look bad

  • Aaron Johnson

    Damn that was a pretty hit. Legal in my eyes, probably legal in the eyes of Mike Willie. Dude had the ball, made a move forward and was hit shoulder first. I dont get it.

    • Brandon Reisinger

      At other angles from the .GIF above It looks to me like his head makes contact first.

      • arnie

        After. The impact sends Willies head into Bostic. That is the problem with the rule. ANY helmet to helmet is seen as illegal. There will Always be helmet to helmet contact. The players helmet is there to protect his head from Incidental contact from such a collision. The intent of the rule is for players to stop “Leading” with helmet.
        Let’s be clear, there was NO FALG on this play. This fine came the league office.

        • Brandon Reisinger

          Best screenshot i could get, actually looks like helmet is making contact with Willies shoulder, but clearly lead with the helmet.

          • arnie

            Leading with the helmet implies he must use the “crown”, not the side. He did not “launch” or leave his feet. His head was “below” the shoulders.

            If the crown of Bostic’s helmet made contact with Willies helmet, that would be illegal. It did not. Clean Tackle.

          • Brandon Reisinger

            Based on the picture it sure looks like hes leading with the the “crown” of the helmet. But you’re right, its below the shoulders. Just looked like Helmet to helmet at full speed to me, I was mistaken.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Ernie and I were just talking about this yesterday… I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see this fine coming.

    • arnie

      That is the problem. There was no flag on the play. This fine, came from the league office. I’m all for not leading with a helmet it’s dangerous. The lines for defenders is becoming blurred on what is legal. Let ask Dustin Keller is he is okay with the league stance on the legal hit to his knee?

  • Brandon Reisinger

    I agree, I was scratching my head when I watched it live as to why a flag was not thrown.. Its helmet to helmet contact on a defenseless receiver. Don’t get me wrong, I think the game is getting way to soft and I think that defenders are afraid to make contact anymore as a result. But those are the rules.

    • arnie

      This is the smartest thing that has been said about the Tackle. If it was illegal, where was the flag? the refs must have saw it as a “CLEAN HIT”. And it’s there job to enforce the rules.

      • Brandon Reisinger

        As a ref It would be very difficult to throw a flag for the hit, It happened so past in real time and really just looked like a solid hit. I was rewaching the game last night and they showed quite a few replays form a # of different angels. You can see from one of the angles that his helmet does make contact first, incidentally. If it was up to me would i fine the kid for the hit? Of course not, Its really a form tackle. I would have a hard time fining anyone unless i thought they where doing something with the intent of injuring someone. But Rodger Goodell and the NFL have made a huge point of making the game safer for better or for worse. In order of them to do that they need to make examples of players. Just they way it is i guess.

        • arnie

          Again, that is the problem. The lines of clean Tackles are very blurred. Making the game safer by enforcing the rules is the right thing. It’s not about if i, or you would fine Bostic. It’s about the confusion these rules create by not allowing for contact in a contact sport. I question the sincerity of Goodell Quest, when he can allow a player like Dustin Keller to receive, what could be a career ending injury, “SAFE” an “LEAGAL”. If you’re going to make the game safer, he needs to go all the way. Not just enforce the rules that reduce the amount of lawsuits for brain injuries.

          • Brandon Reisinger

            Totally agree, the rules of the game are in flux right now. Gonna take a while to get it right and have a clear line drawn in the sand i think.

  • arnie

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME! I agree with lance Briggs. Kellers Career may be over. Willie got up and scored two TD’s.
    What is a legal hit? Crippling a player is okay, because he can’t sue the NFL for brain injuries? But limping around for the rest of his life is fine, because he doesn’t have headaches?
    Look i’ll quote Mike Ditka from Monday night football….
    “…The League intentions are in the right place….however the rules are just not practical….”
    THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. are fining players for illegal hits, or the impact of the hit? to be frank it wasn’t a hit, it was a text book TACKLE. head up, lead with shoulder, & wrap.

    &*%@$*%@*$%% ROGER GODDELL!

  • RussinSactown

    He lead with his shoulder so it’s a clean hit and Willie popped right back up. Textbook hit. If one of our players laid out a hit like that we’d be cheering. I’d rather he hit him that way than to dive for his knees. All I have to say is if this is how the NFL is going to be calling hits, the defense better just write a blank check to the league now and just let them write in the amount after the game.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Willie popped right back up? He sat there on the ground stunned.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i thought he did… he chased after the ball because he thought it was a fumble too

  • Aries

    Why aren’t the officials fined for not making the call on the spot? Why aren’t they protecting the players by setting the tone for the game? Being told that you are getting fined a week later for a hit when no flag was thrown is ridicules!!!

  • arnie

    To make things clear, in the Gif above. The Ref is LOOKING RIGHT AT THE PLAY. Why are we arguing and ignoring the obvious? A League official is right there. No flags were thrown. So was his judgment in error? Or is this a fine based on the violence of the Tackle?

  • jamfed

    “Look at what you’re hitting…”

  • Rudy

    Its a close call, but it correct. Willie got one foot down to take the first step then BANG. According to the rule, Will did not have time to PROTECT/AVOID/WARD OFF the contact.

    NFL Rule: A receiver attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and
    has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner.
    If the receiver/runner is capable of avoiding or warding off the
    impending contact of an opponent, he is no longer a defenseless player;

  • Joel

    SO after reading the comments of everyones varying opinions on whether it was legal or not, I didn’t see one comment of anyone remembering what Fluker did to Mr. Bostick a little later after his big hit?!
    Legal hit or not, offensive players remember what you did to their teammates and Bostick got lit up and pancaked about 5 yards deep into the endzone on Fozzy’s touchdown run, Compliments of DJ Fluker, Fluker even said after the game that it was personal. that was satisfaction for me. more then any fine could do.

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  • joerockt

    Goddell is ruining this game. its getting to the point where guys will have to tackle standing straight up and ball carriers will have to do the same, like a bunch of bowling pins smacking into each other. Pathetic.

  • Alter Ego

    Imagine if Willie catches that ball and holds on to it. That would have been the very moment he secured a roster spot. He may earn a spot anyway – but that would have been a fantastic pro play.