The fans of the San Diego Chargers knew that it was coming and yesterday it arrived as the NFL has issued a $15,750 fine for Chargers rookie linebacker Melvin Ingram for his illegal hit on New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that occurred on Sunday as the Chargers played the Saints in the superdome.
The punlishment from the league comes five days after the incident, Imgram immediatly got into trouble for the hit during the game as the hit cancelled out an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Chargers linebacker Demorrio Williams.
This could have given the Chargers a massive lead of 34-14. But as we all know, the play was brought back and the Saints, would score on that exact drive and making the game score 24-21 and the Saints would end up winning the game 31-24. This could have taken the Chargers’ lead to a massive 31-14.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner discussed with the media that Ingram is still a rookie and will be analysed carefully in order to make him a more disciplined player. Turner said:
“We’re going to fix that issue. It’s coaching and it’s technique. It’s him understanding the way the games are officiated. There’s no question that we addressed it after the Raider game, and it’s something that we’re going to have to deal with. You look at the great pass-rushers in this league and they’ve all learned how to handle it. We’ve got to get Melvin to do the same thing.”
This is the second time that Ingram has made a huge mistake at very critical stages of a game. During the first game of the season against the Oakland Raiders, Ingram hit quarterback Carson Palmer which was ruled as a foul by the replacement referees.
The Raiders would end up scoring a touchdown a few plays later. Ingram is a talented player and nobody can have a doubt about that. But as a player he has a lot to learn for him to be molded into the player that the Chargers need him to be in the new era of the NFL.
Ingram was drafted by Chargers in first round (18th overall pick) in this year’s draft. He has compiled 29 tackles and three forced fumbles.