Chancellor not fined for textbook tackle


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.

55 responses to “Chancellor not fined for textbook tackle

  1. He hit a 49er, so there was always the possibility that he wouldn’t be fined. Had he hit a Giant or Patriot like that…

  2. This should be a non-issue. The hit was a thing of beauty. Too bad it’s going to be tainted by the flag happy NFL The aftermath of the hit was what drew the penalty. What a shame. Hey at least it gets my Hawks in the papers.

  3. The league showing there is still room for big hits is arguable as they usually come with a 15 yard penalty and a first down.

  4. Unbelievers, usurpers and haters; the shadow of the Seahawks Empire is upon you. Resistance is futile. Prepare yourselves for a reign that will be historic in both time and dominance. Be forewarned, The Empire will show little mercy on those who wish to impede it. Foes who trespass upon the dominion of the Seahawks Empire shall feel the wrath of the Legion of Boom. Hearts will break, muscles will fail, resolve will be washed away, as the Legion bludgeons courage from all who enter. And when these foes leave, they will remember and tell tales of the time they barely survived their encounter with the Legion of BOOM.

  5. It would have been nice if they had the sense to get the Ed Reed $55K hit right. Reed didn’t deserve to get fined for that shot on Cruz — it was legit, as was Chancellor’s on Davis.

    The League has days and days of high-def reviews from multiple angles on high-def screens — it shouldn’t be an eye-opener when they levy/don’t levy fines in the proper fashion. Given the foregoing, their batting average is atrocious — but credit to them for coming to their senses on Chancellor here.

  6. That is one of the best hits I’ve ever seen. It was equal parts vicious & clean. It’s a bummer that Davis was concussed, but props to Chancellor for a sick hit.

  7. Too bad the referees can’t figure this out in real time and avoid screwing teams for doing it right. It’s great that Chancellor didn’t get fined, but not drawing the penalty in the first place would be even better.

  8. “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…”

    No, the league doesn’t have a leg to stand on, that’s all. Glory hungry Goodell has already ripped it’s spine out…

  9. mazblast says:
    Dec 28, 2012 5:20 PM
    He hit a 49er, so there was always the possibility that he wouldn’t be fined. Had he hit a Giant or Patriot like that…

    Wait…so now 49ers fans are taking the victim role?

    Well, I suppose you were victimized by that school-bully beatdown that your team suffered in Seattle last week. Absolute annihilation.

    The non-fine should be the least of your worries. I’d be surprised if SF has any pride left this year after being out-everything’d on Sunday night.

  10. I wonder how much of an outrage there will be when one of these text book hits are flagged incorrectly on the field and results in a playoff win or even Superbowl win. This could have the same effect as the fail Mary if a team got into field goal range or new set of downs.

  11. It was a brutal hit and it was textbook. It was a good no-fine. But you can’t teach this stuff. That hit was less than an inch away from being helmet to helmet contact. In all honesty Chancellor was simply lucky to avoid that helmet to helmet contact. He has the skills that pay the bills, but no one can control that kind of thing at the speed he was moving.

  12. Vernon is claiming that he was hit in the head and that is why he got the concussion……he must still be concussed if that’s what he believes…..

  13. And, once again, a perfect illustration of why these plays must be subject to replay challenge. It took one slow-mo replay during the game for everybody to see that it was a clean hit and should be reversed, if the rules allowed for that to be possible. Let’s get on this soon, before the Superbowl is decided by a key 3rd down penalty that we can all see on replay was a clean hit.

  14. Don’t we wish Refs could be better so every big hit doesn’t need to draw a flag? If they see a foul, throw it; If not, Don’t. Severity or reaction shouldn’t be the reason…….good call NFL front office.

  15. There has to be consistency though, these calls happen way too much. They really should be reviewable…constantly calling defenseless reciever is ruining the game because there’s nothing the defender can do. Just put flags on them to save us the time…fans love safety but some of this is overboard.

  16. Maybe they should show the refs what a CLEAN hard hit looks like so they won’t be “conditioned to call anything that’s close”

  17. I wish there was consistency… The week before the game, Goldston did the exact same hit on Aaron Hernandez and he got flagged and fined…

  18. So if it was a clean hit, yet the NFL is going to flag that sort of play, where does that leave us? You say it should be used in training, which I agree, but if refs are going to call it..?

    I mean, do coaches say “hit like this” and get the 15 yard PF…but don’t worry, you won’t get fined? Honestly, it doesn’t matter what the NFL says in their review, it matters what the REFS do on the field – so they need to tell REFs NOT TO throw the flag if they think this is a good hit. Otherwise, coaches need to say “don’t hit like this”.

  19. Even though the hit was flagged on the field and a penalty was assessed this play should not be counted as an illegal hit by Chancellor. Further, the NFL should specifically say that the hit was legal and a field review should be conducted for PF calls involving head and neck contact.

  20. I think the title of this article says it all.


    They should show this hit to young players as an example of how to hit. Football can still be rough the way we’ve enjoyed it, but also safer if you don’t target the head. Chancellor did exactly that.

    I mean if the NFL fined him for that hit then you might as well move towards eliminating all hitting from the game.

  21. “Frankly, it was the kind of clean, hard shot that ought to be distributed as a teaching tool, to players and officials.”

    to teach players how to hit a player perfectly legally and still hurt your team? unless they release a teaching video of a defender letting a receiver run past him to avoid a flag, they won’t learn anything

  22. A fine would only have compounded the error. If anything, the league has shown there’s still room for better officiating.

    Even had the first official called a penalty before he thought better of it, any of the other officials could have huddled up and picked up the flag. And if the league REALLY wanted to keep the game ‘on the field’ they’d make unnecessary roughness a reviewable, challengeable call.

    It’s a call that could have turned the game. Perfect, ‘textbook’ plays shouldn’t draw penalties.

  23. You forgot to mention that Dashon Goldson hit Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots the EXACT same way 2 weeks ago and was fined for a clean but vicious hit.

  24. The best thing about this hit is that it just got the Seattle defense COMPLETELY jacked up. The energy level just jumped after that. They were already dominating the 49ers, but after that hit, everyone in the stadium could feel the energy coming off the field. The 2005 team NEVER had that.

    The 15-yard penalties don’t matter. This one gave the 49ers a first down in the red zone, but they went 3-and-out and then their field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a TD by Richard Sherman.

    You can’t stop the Legion of Boom. All the fear and hatred and bad calls only makes them stronger.

  25. the seahawks bubble will be burst, you guys have only played like this for three weeks, you were given a game by the replacements you know it, everybody else knows it, pete carroll and richard sherman are two of the biggest d bags when it comes to sportsmanship. you guys will lose, you should be playing for your wild card this week, wich you guys would probably win, but i doubt you will make it past the first round, that is just the way karma works…….

  26. Yet they fined and flagged Dashon Goldson the week earlier for a TEXTBOOK tackle against Aaron “Gator Arms” Hernandez. What film is Merton Hanks watching up there on Park Ave?

  27. How could a ref really take in everything to get the call right? At regular speed the hit looked like fast forward. The refs had to be watching the hit, ball control and feet…all at once at that speed? Can’t blame them for missing this one.

    I just can’t figure out how Davis was concussed. Looking at the hit in slowmo it appears maybe his helmut hit Chancellor’s when his head snapped forward. His helmet didn’t hit the ground when he fell backwards.

  28. That was a clean hit. The funny thing is Dashon Goldson hit Aaron Hernandez the same way the week before on SNF and he was flagged and fined. Refs are inconsistent with these hitting a defenseless receiver calls same with defensive PI calls. Its getting ridiculous.

  29. The hit was a thing of beauty for being both vicious and clean. The hit was flagged, erroneously, but it paid off anyway as I can think of at least 4 SF incompletions that resulted from “alligator arms” in the wake of the hit. I was sorry to see Davis get injured (I hate to see any player injured even though its a part of the game), but tape of Kam’s hit will be used by every defensive coach in the country who’s interested in teaching their players how to do it right. The NFL got it right this time…surprise surprise.

  30. Funny how this hit and Ed Reed’s hit were virtually identical, yet Reed gets tagged for 50 G’s… watch both hits people!! Clean, hard, jarring. But clean !!! Awesome hits. Since every hard hit is now a fine, it looks like Seattle is the “new” Steelers or Giants. Getting away with everything (see PED Suspensions) because lord goodell says so. Maybe mara was involved …

  31. I personally have no problem with the refs erring on the side of safety. Better to flag a clean hit than to allow a dirty hit to go unpenalized. After all, the name of the game is player safety, right?

    And I realize it was a clean hit according to the rules, and that it shouldn’t have drawn a penalty OR a fine. But again, this is about player safety. Clean or not, the result of the play was a concussed player. I take issue with the notion that because the hit was legal, it should be regarded as a good thing. If anything, it just demonstrates how ineffective the rules really are. Am I the only one who doesn’t want to see today’s football stars concussed out of their gourds? After all, if they can’t play, then I can’t be entertained. I would hope even the most brainless football fan would be able to grasp that logic.

    Yes, the hit was completely legal, and that was immediately obvious upon replay (although I disagree with the idea that the refs should review flagged plays or hits, as it would only further slow down games). It certainly did not warrant a penalty nor a fine according to the rules. But that doesn’t mean we should be praising the hit or lauding it as some sort of textbook example. It means that we should consider how to better protect players who are still getting concussed by legal hits. If you think that concussing a player is fine because the hit is legal, then you are as dumb as the league office.

  32. I was only 20 yards from that hit. I could not hear it but almost felt it! I did see 2 or 3 flags on the field after that hit. So, I guess several refs missed that call

  33. There’s a photograph of this hit taken from the side, where you can see the rainwater coming off of Davis’ helmet, in the exact shape of his helmet.

    It’s a thing of beauty and violence, just like the hit itself.

  34. Vernon Davis unnecessarily jumped up in the air to catch the pass (he caught the ball around belt high), which resulted in him being blasted while on his way down from doing so. Had Davis not left his feet he would have been able to place himself in a much better position to take the hit vs. being caught in the air unable to do a damn thing for himself. All Chancellor did was put the exclamation point on Davis’s mistake.

  35. I’ve got to side with the official on this one. His call was that Chancellor “launched” into Davis. OK, launching, helmet to helmet, and defenseless receiver are all somewhat judgement calls to be made in an instant without the benefit of slow motion or instant replay. Tough job! So he heard the crack of the hit and saw Davis flying and fumbling and hurt and erred on the side of caution in judging that he must have launched. With time to review multiple replay’s from various angles the league ruled the hit legal despite Davis’ injury. The call did not significantly affect the game’s outcome. All Officials can improve their judgement, and the league should allow them to review calls they are unsure about. There is no excuse for handing out fines on hits that everyone can see are legal regardless of that player’s history.

  36. “The league has shown there is still room for big hits”—-Yup, as long as you’re willing to take the 15 yard penalty and give the other team an automatic first down. Hurts the defense big time for a clean hit. Gross.

  37. If somebody can describe to me the difference between the Chancellor hit and the hit Goldson put on Hernandez the week before and was fined for I would appreciate it …. absent any brain dead soliloquy on the greatness of Seahawk nation.

  38. We can NOT expect the referees to be perfect. In real time that hit was so fast they HAD to err on the side of caution. HOWEVER I do think the replay assistant should look over the play while the refs huddle to discuss the call. No more than 30 seconds though.

    What I do find hilarious is that Seahawks fans are “concerned” that a bad call will cost somebody a game. You’re right! And that team is the Packers! LMAO!

  39. “the league has shown there is still room for big hits.” Who cares if the league doesn’t fine him!..The REFs still throw flags; And those flag can determine the outcome of a game.

  40. “still room for big hits…”? No, there is not. Not when so many clean, legal, hard hits are drawing personal foul penalties. A 15-yard penalty, with a gots down, can change the outcome of a close game.

    Perhaps, as some have suggested, these plays should be subject to review like turnover and scoring plays are now.

  41. People forget that the Packers had several favorable calls during that seahawk-packer game. One that even resulted in a packer touch down. Play that game again now, packers wouldn’t even have a chance. Seahawks 48 Packers 17

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