After a Sunday night game in which both head coaches made contact with the officials, it appears that one of those coaches will not be fined.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who picked up a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for bumping into an official, will not be fined, the league office confirmed to the Baltimore Sun.
The league apparently accepts Harbaugh’s explanation that he was just trying to get the official’s attention to call a timeout. Harbaugh said after the game that he thought contact with officials was allowed if it’s just tapping him on the shoulder to let him know you want a timeout.
“I guess I didn’t understand how [the referee] interpreted it. But, what we’re told is to get the timeout where they can see it in front of their face in those situations,” Harbaugh said after the game. “That’s what I’ve been told for five years going into this game. I think he took it as bumping him. I didn’t mean to bump him. I wanted to call a timeout, so I apologize for bumping, but the intent was to call a timeout.”
The other head coach in the Sunday night game, Bill Belichick, will probably not get off without a fine for grabbing an official after the game. Another NFL coach, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, has already been fined $25,000 for a profane tirade directed at an official after Sunday’s game.