Brandon Meriweather was flagged on Sunday for hits on Bears receivers Alshon Jeffry and Brandon Marshall. Combine that with a previous $42k fine for a hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy and similar fines in the years past, and Meriweather has developed a reputation for being a headhunter. At least that’s what Marshall said after the game on Sunday.
“Guys like that really don’t understand that there is life after football,” Marshall said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I respect the league trying to better our game and guys like that, maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely. I understand. I get it. I was one of those guys. I played defense growing up. I was a headhunter. Even sometimes on the offensive side, I played that way. But with rules in place, you’ve gotta respect it.
“Guys like that just don’t understand. Those are the guys that are in trouble. They really don’t have anything to do after football because they think it is all about football. Guys like that, it’s tough.”
Marshall didn’t say anything to Meriweather after the hit, revealing that his Bears teammates took care of that for him.
“I’m not going to say anything to him,” Marshall said. “My teammates did a lot of talking and I was thankful for that, but you know it’s part of the game. I understand. I’m not venting for anything. I understand big hits. That’s a part of our game, but when you have a guy that does it week in a week out, that’s when it becomes a problem. That’s that only reason I’m talking about it.”
While Marshall was being diplomatic in the locker room, he was a little more forceful later that night on NBC’s Sport Sunday, according to CBS Chicago.
“A guy like that has no place in the NFL,” he said.
As for Meriweather, he insists that his hits are clean.
“I feel like every hit that I took was a legit hit,” he said, via the Insider. “I wasn’t trying to be dirty. I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody. I didn’t launch with my head. I used my shoulder like they told me to do. Everything I did was a pointer from them [league officials]…. You’ve just got to play. There ain’t nothing I can do about it. I just go out there and play.”
And make jokes about fines, because it’s funny, you see.
Meriweather (with a smile): “Anybody else want to chip in on my dinner? I can’t afford it right now.”
— Joseph White Jr. (@JGWhiteAP) October 20, 2013