It’s not Adams’ declining play that is disappointing; at age 34, it’s no surprise that his skills are eroding. Many say he was overrated to begin with. What was so disappointing about Flozell “The Hotel” Adams this year was the fact that Roger Goodell and the NFL, for some reason I cannot understand, decided not to take a hard stance on his continued dirty and dangerous play.
One of the most penalized players in the NFL over the past few years, Adams took it to a new level this year. One week after drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty against Tampa Bay, Adams caused more trouble by tripping Justin Tuck after Tuck had beaten him to the quarterback. The illegal and hazardous play resulted in Tuck injuring his shoulder. Clearly showing no remorse for his actions, Adams later kicked Osi Umenyiora in that same game.
Later that year, again against the Giants, Adams cowardly shoved Justin Tuck in the back after the first half had ended. Although he was flagged, the Giants could not accept the penalty because it occurred after the half had ended (a rule that has to be changed). Like a child, Adams refused to apologize for his actions.
So for all of his dangerous “bush league” moves, Adams was fined an amount that equates to pocket change for this millionaire. Fines such as this will not stop a dirty player from doing whatever he can to give his team the advantage. The NFL should have suspended him for one or two games to finally send him a message he could understand.