DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the San Francisco 49ers argues with Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions during the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

NFL Decides Against Discipline For Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz

The NFL announced on Monday night that Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz will not be punished for their altercation after Sunday's Lions-49ers game.

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Jim Schwartz And Jim Harbaugh Will Not Be Fined For Altercation

Earlier in the day, we wrote that there would be no reason to keep writing about the altercation between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh following the Detroit Lions' coach saying it was a "regrettable situation." The NFL has now confirmed the incident is over, saying there will be no further discipline for either coach.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello went to Twitter with his explanation of the decision.

On Detroit-SF coach incident, fortunately, there was no fighting and thus no basis for a fine... However, both coaches told Ray Anderson today that their post-game conduct was wrong and will not happen again. We believe their response is the correct one and that their post-game conduct going forward will be more appropriate.

The Lions aren't scheduled to play the San Francisco 49ers again for a few more seasons so the bad blood should be complete between the two coaches. If they meet in the Playoffs, though? Who knows.


Jim Schwartz Discusses Jim Harbaugh Altercation

Jim Schwartz, head coach of the Detroit Lions, got into it with San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh after Sunday afternoon's loss. There's a good chance everyone reading this has already watched the altercation, but just in case, video of the incident is included in an earlier post.

The game itself -- a loss that ended that ended the Lions' chances at an undefeated season -- was regrettable itself, but the Schwartz said during his press conference on Monday that the aftermath was also something he regrets.

"It's a regrettable situation, particularly the fact that it detracted from what happened in the game," Schwartz told the Detroit News. "It is unfortunate that the end of the game overshadowed that fact that it was probably one of the best football games of the day yesterday between two teams that are 5-1 in the NFC and are both young and improving teams."

Luckily, it seems that the two coaches won't have any simmering bad blood between them for whenever the team's meet next.

"I saw him in the tunnel and spoke to him," Schwartz said. "Everything had died down and we said that we'll talk again soon."

Hopefully this will be the last time a coaches fight and a Lions' loss is mentioned on SB Nation Detroit.


NFL To Review Jim Harbaugh-Jim Schwartz Altercation

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports that the NFL will review the post-game altercation between 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Greg Aiello, an NFL spokesman, told PFT that a "key issue" will be if any physical contact was made. If there was contact between the coaches, the NFL will examine how severe it was before deciding the next course of action.

From watching the video of what happened, it seems like Harbaugh and Schwartz only had contact twice: when they shook hands and when Schwartz bumped into Harbaugh after chasing him down (the first time). Perhaps Schwartz could be fined for bumping into Harbaugh, or perhaps Harbaugh could receive a punishment for his over the top handshake.

To me, neither scenario seems likely. My guess is the NFL will contact both coaches and reprimand them for their conduct after the game. I wouldn't be shocked if a fine was given out, but to me a stern warning to not let it happen again seems like the course of action the NFL will take.

The funny thing if either coach is actually punished is that what happened created a whole lot of buzz for the NFL. It's not like they need it, but what happened between the two coaches didn't take anything away from the game of football. In fact, if anything it created a very intriguing storyline and potentially a new rivalry if the two teams meet in the playoffs.

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