Every week, there are fines that are debatable.
But this week, the absence of a fine for Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor might have been the easiest call of the week.
As expected, Chancellor was not punished for the hit that knocked 49ers tight end Vernon Davis out of last week’s game.
Frankly, it was the kind of clean, hard shot that ought to be distributed as a teaching tool, to players and officials. Chancellor put a shoulder pad to Davis’ chest, and separated the ball from Davis in the process.
Other players and coaches whine when they got docked for leading with their heads or hitting players late, saying the rules have made the game less physical.
By not fining Chancellor for a hit that was flagged on the field (because officials have been conditioned to call anything that’s close), the league has shown there is still room for big hits.