Since this appears to be a continuing issue for the Detroit Lions, welcome to the first installment of NFL Fines Friday, where we review the notable fines (and non-fines) from the previous week of NFL action, and (presumably) all argue about them in the comments.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz took special exception to the hit Bears linebacker Jon Bostic laid on a prone Kris Durham.
Durham had covered up a Bears onside kick and slid to the ground, giving himself up to avoid a hit. He was rewarded with Bostic’s helmet in his back. The play wasn’t flagged, which in the context of the game at that point was irrelevant, which led Schwartz to sound off about it.
So the NFL can’t say they didn’t know about it. But with whatever rationale, the league has opted not to fine Bostic, nor Bears safety Major Wright for a perceived helmet shot to Calvin Johnson.
No fine for Jon Bostic for the hit on Durham at the end of the game or Major Wright for H2H hit on Calvin.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) October 4, 2013
They did, however, get Rocky McIntosh for a horse-collar tackle.
Rocky McIntosh was fined $15,750 for a horse collar tackle against the Bears.
— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) October 4, 2013
That’s a pretty standard fine for a 15-yard penalty, and the NFL is getting serious about horse-collar tackles. But they’re also serious about late hits and helmet shots, so the fact that McIntosh’s was the only fine from that game is, at the very least, puzzling.
Bostic was, however, fined $21,000 for this hit in the preseason. So, I don’t know, you be the judge. What’s the rationale here?