Coleman gets hefty fine for hit
Cited for helmet contact on Patriots’ Burkhead
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has been smacked with a hefty fine for a hit in a second straight playoff game.
Robey-Coleman was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a prone New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead in the first quarter of Super Bowl LIII, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Patriots won 13-3.
The hit drew a 15-yard penalty, unlike the play in the NFC championship game that saw him fined the same amount two weeks earlier.
The controversial non-call was a major factor in the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory that earned the team a Super Bowl berth.
New Orleans had the ball on the Los Angeles 13-yard line with under two minutes to play when quarterback Drew Brees threw a third-down pass toward Tommylee Lewis near the right sideline. Robey-Coleman came over and smashed Lewis with a vicious hit just before the ball arrived.
Robey-Coleman has appealed the first fine, but it’s unclear whether he’ll challenge the second.
Bengals hire Singleton
The Cincinnati Bengals have hired Jemal Singleton as their new running backs coach, according to multiple reports, giving the team two new assistant coaches who were recently lured over from the Oakland Raiders.
The Bengals hired former Raiders quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan on Thursday as their new offensive coordinator.
Singleton was a running backs coach with the Raiders for one season. He was previously the Indianapolis Colts’ running backs coach from 2016-17. Prior to coaching in the NFL, he served as an assistant at Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Air Force, where he spent nine seasons before departing after the 2010 season.
Singleton is a former running back at Air Force, where he gained 941 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons (1996-98).
Longtime ref Cashion dies
Longtime NFL referee Red Cashion, known for his enthusiastic “First down!” calls, died Sunday morning at age 87, a Texas newspaper reported.
Cashion’s family confirmed his passing to the Bryan-College Station Eagle.
Popular with the fans and respected by coaches and players, Cashion officiated for 25 seasons in the NFL (1972-96) and was the referee in Super Bowl XX and Super Bowl XXX.
Cashion began his officiating career in 1952 while still a student at Texas A&M. He worked in the high school and college ranks for 20 years before joining the NFL as a line judge. Four years later, in 1976, he was promoted to referee.
After his retirement in 1996, he went on to train NFL officials for another 15 years.