Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 9/23/12

CHARLOTTE,NC - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers watches from the sidelines during the first half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals on November 21, 2004 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and Jack Del Rio are likely to be fined in the vicinity of $20,000 for their part in the ruckus that ensued in last week’s Monday Night Football loss in Atlanta.

As PFT points out, the timing is a little weird. Normally fines occur on Fridays, it could be the fact that there are not players involved. However, it is more likely the NFL wanting to avoid the possibility of allowing every NFL talk show to readdress the accountability of the replacement referees as everyone turns on their televisions to prepare for today’s games.

Twenty-thousand dollars to a coach is no joke, players tend to make much more than coaches (especially coordinators), so this the NFL definitely coming down with the hammer and using Fox and Del Rio as their figurative heads on a pike.  Still, I cannot expect coaches like these to calm down, especially when the game is on the line.

My take? The Broncos should fine the NFL and refund those Broncos fans who made the trip to Atlanta to watch a game that at best had questionable calls and at worst had such terrible calls that it cost Denver a win.


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