So we all know how it went down. After a great game, the Lions finally ended their nine-game winning streak with a 25-19 loss to the Niners. And then an excited Jim Harbaugh got a little too excited (rightfully so) and slapped Jim Schwartz on the back a wee bit too hard. A scuffle ensued, involving players and coaching staff.
The NFL decided not to fine either coach. Even though they take every available chance to fine the players for things much less significant. Yes, the blatant personal foul fine for Danny Batten on Michael Vick was rightfully given. But the $7,500 fine on Pittsburghs’ James Farrior for giving a Browns fan the finger? And not a single dollar for the men who are supposed to be the leaders of the 53-man roster?
The coaches are always the first one to blame when a team is doing terribly. They aren’t ever the first to thank when a team is winning; the players get the credit. With all of this responsibility, the men who make the big calls for the teams should be acting is a respectable manner. They should always be coaching with their hearts as well as their heads, but need to learn how to control emotion when things don’t go their way.
Everyone can appreciate a coach who gets really fired up. Players as well as fans feed off that energy. But the NFL needs to step up and slap a fine on Harbaugh and Schwartz. By letting them off the hook so easily, it is setting a bad example for the players as well as the fans. Do we really want football to turn into a sport where the loser of the game is allowed to yell and cause a commotion for everyone to see? Will the NFL continue to send a message that coaches can be unsportsmanlike for free, it’s only the players that have to pay thousands of dollars worth of fines?