In the waning minutes of the Monday night matchup between the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) and Indianapolis Colts (1-4), Colts tight end Jack Doyle proceeded to shove cornerback Tavon Young’s helmet to the turf. Doyle’s actions were not penalized; however, when Young retaliated with a shove, Doyle dove to the turf, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Ravens’ defender.
someone check on Jack Doyle pic.twitter.com/eDNpGH2GM9— Christian D'Andrea probably does not own a brewery (@TrainIsland) October 12, 2021
According to team rosters, Doyle stands at 6-foot-6, 262 pounds. The Ravens slot cornerback, by comparison, is 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, yet somehow sends Doyle to the turf in a feat of sheer violence. With such a demonstration of raw physical superiority, it’s fair to question why the Ravens have not moved Young to starting nose tackle or defensive end, seeing as he just tossed a 260-pound tight end to the gridiron with such ease...
The inverse of league’s actions for Doyle occurred for Young. He was flagged for the retaliation, but was not fined for doing so after the fact.
The NFL didn't fine #Ravens DB Tavon Young for shoving #Colts TE Jack Doyle and getting a critical penalty late in regulation last Monday night -- but the league did fine Doyle $10,815 for unnecessary roughness.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 16, 2021
Honestly, there’s a case to be made for Doyle to see two fines. Maybe it’s the purple-tinted glasses, but a pathetic helmet shove followed by a egregious flop rivaling NBA superstar acting feel worthy of being penalized. The NBA slowly allowed more cowardly play to be beneficial for its stars before their recent attempts to curtail the actions. To allow these flops in the NFL to go unpunished, you’re following in the footsteps of the NBA’s slippery slope, which will eventually find them in the same predicament.