Every Friday (or thereabouts), a stream of reports emerges regarding the fines imposed on players who did things during games they shouldn’t have done. Rarely is it mentioned when players don’t get fined.
A trio of 49ers won’t be able to surrender gold or anything else of value in the wake of the team’s Week Four game against the Jets.
According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, linebacker Aldon Smith and tackle Anthony Davis weren’t fined for unnecessary roughness penalties. Inman and others also point out that safety Dashon Goldson wasn’t fined for a hit to the knees of Jets tight end Dedrick Epps.
The hit on Epps shouldn’t have been fined because it was a clean play — even though most players would prefer to get hit in the head than in the knee. Which gives me an opening to paste the code from a Pro Football Talk video from earlier in the week regarding the question of low hits versus high hits.