• 49ers' Fangio: Illegal hit calls must improve

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Oct 4, 2013
    Without emotion or even rancor in his voice, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday he wants to see the NFL improve its calling of illegal hits. It looks like it’s time for 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to make a trip to Manhattan. Fangio said, from the angles he saw on Whtiner's hit on the Rams' Chris Givens, that it was a "good play." Now, Fangio has spoken out about the manner in which officials enforce the rules regarding hits against defenseless players, questioning both a flag thrown and penalty imposed for a recent hit from 49ers safety Donte W/Hitner and complaining about the league’s preference that officials err on the side of safety. San Francisco safety Donte Whitner who said this week he is legally changing his last name to "Hitner," partly as a protest of what he thinks are unjust penalties has been penalized for illegal hits the past two weeks and was fined $21,000 on Tuesday for a Week 4 hit. Nearly three years after the NFL began to enforce more aggressively the rules regarding hits on defenseless receivers, players are still complaining about penalties called and fines imposed for hits that clearly cross the line of what the NFL does and doesn’t permit.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • Fangio’s comments highlight reason for player confusion about illegal hits

      It looks like it’s time for 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to make a trip to Manhattan. Nearly three years after the NFL began to enforce more aggressively the rules regarding hits on defenseless receivers, players are still complaining about pe…

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