The Jim Schwartz-Jim Harbaugh handshake incident after the Lions-49ers game last week caused quite the stir around the NFL, particularly when the league declined to fine either of the coaches.
But going forward, those guys -- and all other NFL coaches -- will get fined for such behavior, as CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday's edition of The NFL Today.
The basis of Casserly's report was a memo he obtained that NFL VP Ray Anderson sent to all the general managers and head coaches of NFL teams.
"Last Sunday's post-game incident involving two head ouches was embarrassing to the coaches, their teams and the league," Anderson's memo read. "it could easily have erupted into a dangerous brawl. Simply stated, more is expected of our leaders. Coaches Harbaugh and Schwartz have acknowledged that they were wrong and that this type of inappropriate behavior will not be repeated.
"Although no fines were imposed for this incident, everyone should be mindful of his responsibility to act in a way that brings credit to himself, his club and the NFL."
So that's the logic for not fining the coaches -- there was no such system for actually fining them in place. But going forward, that changes, as the league told Casserly.
"If this incident happened today after this memo, both sides would have been fined," Casserly said. "If this memo had existed before last week, both coaches would have been fined."
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