Unless you’re living under a rock, you have heard about the coaching scuffle at the end of the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions game between their respective coaches, Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz
The hand shake capped off a great game that the 49ers won with a touchdown pass on fourth down—and possibly shaping the playoff landscape.
But more than just putting an exclamation point on an exciting game, this incident will have lasting effects that follow both teams.
Football is an emotional game where tempers can run real high and when that happens, flags tend to fly and penalties get assessed. Most of the time, these penalties can determine the outcome of the game and could have been avoided.
What are the players on these two teams supposed to think when they see their head coach acting like that—the way they would be reprimanded for if they were to carry on like that?
Coaches are supposed to act the way they want their team to represent themselves—not sending mixed signals by getting into the face of the opposing coach.
What’s either coach going to say to a player that loses his mind and gets penalized for fighting during a game?
On the flip-side of the argument, these players now realize that their respective coaches have their backs, and as a player you love because now you’re willing to go to war for your coach—and that will go a long way with these teams.
For as tough as Commissioner Roger Goodell has been on players for conduct, he needs to be consistent and come down on these coaches for their behavior.
Goodell will come under tremendous heat if he doesn’t slap a one-game suspension on top of a substantial fine.
And since suspensions are sure to be handed down, how are these coaches going lead their teams into next week's games?
The Lions and 49ers, barring a giant collapse, will both make the playoffs—with the 49ers most likely winning the NFC West.
When the season approaches the end and if these teams are in the thick of things, everyone will be hoping and praying that they draw each other at some point—as if the NFL needed help drawing more ratings.
Maybe the NFL could go old-school WWF and hold a No Disqualification Lumberjack Match for the halftime show—with the players surrounding the ring.
The NFL will never condone behavior like this, but they’re definitely not upset with it. With excitement comes popularity—with popularity comes ratings—and with ratings comes tons of money.
The NFL is the biggest money-making sport in the country and is only going to get bigger when events like this take place.
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