Following the New York Giants’ Week 12 win over the New England Patriots, linebacker Carter Coughlin was fined $5,764 by the league.
Coughlin had Patriots again Ty Montgomery within the lane with what appeared like an ideal sort out. There was no flag on the sphere, however the NFL later dominated in another way and imposed the positive.
This was the hit:
The NFL has fined Giants particular teamer Carter Coughlin $5,764 for this hit on which he was not marked pic.twitter.com/QnOpKG0UjV
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 2, 2023
The response from Giants particular groups coordinator Thomas McGaughey was largely frustration. How else was Coughlin purported to make that sort out? He did not go excessive, he did not go low, he did not decrease his head. It was a textbook sort out that the NFL by some means determined was unlawful.
The excellent news for Coughlin is that the NFL rescinded his positive after he appealed the choice.
Carter Coughlin informed me within the locker room that the league had rescinded his penalty for an unlawful hit, regardless that it was authorized and there was no flag.
— The Big Insider Podcast and Newspaper (@GiantInsider) December 20, 2023
The NFL admits it was unsuitable to positive Carter a authorized blow by rescinding the positive, but it surely nonetheless would not really feel like sufficient. The league must do higher with its gamers. Not solely did this create pointless work for who is aware of what number of NFL workers, but it surely additionally created a rift between gamers and the league.
Referees are human too and never infallible, so there are instances the place the league must step in and punish gamers for overly nasty hits. However this goes too far: the union doesn’t should intervene as a lot as they do.
The excellent news for Coughlin is that he would not should pay that silly positive now and may absolutely consider dealing with the Eagles on Monday.
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