by Adam Gretz
Another day, another fine handed out by the National Football League. This time, the man on the receiving end is San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who will be handing over $20,000 for his tirade following the teams 29-24 loss in Arizona, as reported by Adam Schefter.
If you'll recall, the 49ers had a bizarre set of play calls in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, including a dive play by Michael Robinson, the backup running back, on the final play of the game from the three-yard line. It resulted in a bunch of what were they thinking conversations, and ultimately led to Martz proclaiming the refs screwed his team "every way possible."
While I think the league has lost all sense of reality when it comes to who it fines, and why, I'm not going to throw too many papers in the air over this one because, well, I have little sympathy for Martz or the 49ers in this case. They had every opportunity to take that game and win it, only to screw it all up with horrible clock-management and not having any idea where they were on the field. The only people who screwed the 49ers that night were the two Mike's -- Martz and Singletary.
Mike Martz Fined for Criticizing Officials originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:35:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.