With training camp coming just around the corner there’s little opportunity left for any new or changed rules to be announced, while still allowing time for the players and coaches to adjust in time for the season’s start.
Last week I discussed how I thought the NFL should adopt the NBA’s flop fine to penalize players for faking illegal contact (be it late hits, interference, roughing…etc) in an attempt to exploit penalties in place for their protection.
I’ve since thought a lot about what other penalties should be adjusted or created in order to make the season go as smoothly and fairly as possible.
Let’s repeal the “no going to your knees in celebration” rule. It’s stupid. You have to be able to let players pray in celebration if they so desire, and if you are going to let some go to a knee to pray, then you have to let everyone else go to a knee for whatever celebration they choose.
Otherwise, you are picking and choosing who can drop to a knee and for what specific celebration. I’m all for giving credit to God, but the league can’t make those kind of stipulations on a penalty.
While we’re talking about celebrations, I always felt there should be a “no taunting before you get into the endzone rule”.
I realize the rule would have cost me such pleasures as basking in the stupidity of DeSean Jackson, but I can’t stand all the high stepping and holding the ball out towards the defender as they hot dog across the goal line.
No celebrating until the play is over, Okay? If I was a coach that would be my rule anyway, but for those that wouldn’t put as many restrictions, let’s have the league keep players from dancing and taunting before they’ve actually accomplished anything.
Change the rule for whatever that was that happened to Jim Schwartz last season. Don’t get me wrong, I think Schwartz is likely the most classless jerk coaching in the NFL today. I also took a great deal of pleasure in watching him rant about not getting his replay, but I can’t say I really thought it was fair.
There still doesn’t seem to be many who completely understand what happened. The play would have automatically been reviewed, but because he threw a challenge flag to have it reviewed when he didn’t have the right to have it reviewed….they refused to review it. Or something like that. This needs to be fixed.
Lastly, how about the NFL start enforcing the illegal contact rule against other teams than just the Cowboys? I realize Dez Bryant’s size, strength, speed, and natural ability give him an unfair advantage, but it’s not the referee’s job to even the odds. I’m tired of seeing Bryant pushed, pulled, held, and forced out of bounds all the way down the field.
What do you think? What rules would you like to see removed, added, or altered? Sound off below.