NFL News: Officials poised to crack down on celebrations

Pro Football Talk notes reports from both Vikings and Panthers camps that officials have specifically mentioned ball-spinning as celebrations that could draw 15-yard flags this season. In instances like this, the NFL isn’t necessarily creating new rules as much as it is making a point about enforcement or interpretation of existing rules.

In a lot of ways this is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it’s obnoxious to have something change the outcome of a football game that has so little to do with talent at playing football. On the other hand, void enforcement for unsportsmanlike penalties the game might break into constant scuffles and fighting. But the first point is what always drove me so crazy about Dwayne Rudd’s helmet toss loss. It was a rule that he broke, but in no way did enforcement of that penalty help determine which team played better football that day.

Yes, there’s something to be said about composure and focus, but I think you also see my point.

So, it stands to reason that there will be a few instances this season where guys will get flagged for doing something that went unflagged a year ago. It will likely change the face of a game either in the Browns’ favor or against it, and it will still have very little to do with which is the better football team on the field on a given day.

If there’s one nice thing about Ben Watson’s departure it is that at least we won’t risk his group celebration penalties that seemed to happen a couple times per year.

[Related: .@Steelersdepot talks Browns, Steelers, Bengals, Ravens, Shamark-nado, Phil Dawson and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-08-05]

  • Garry_Owen

    Somewhere in the dark confines of the secret NFL headquarters bunker, gathered around a theater-sized screen showing ESPN, Roger Goodell slowly turns in his chair, flips back the hood on his ceremonial robe, and speaks.
    “Major league baseball is cracking down on steroids again. We likewise need to do something. Any ideas?
    To which one cloaked minion croaks, “Celebrations?”
    Roger throws the hood back on, turns has back to the minions, and agrees.
    “Celebrations it is. Make it so.”

  • humboldt
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Celebration crack downs again, really? You’d think by this latest reincarnation that after a player crossed the goal line, 2-3 seconds after to avoid any unnecessary issues, some sort of shock device would go off in the football causing them to immediately drop the ball.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    That’s Bud Senile not Goodell. I apologize sir Skeletor – you have the powwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwer!

  • mgbode

    DeSean Jackson is claiming that is what happened to him but it went off too early.

  • mgbode

    So, if it’s 15yds for spinning a football, then is it just 5yds for smiling when you hand the ball to the official? Even Barry Sanders would get flagged the way they are going.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I think that was Banner sabotaging him in order to lower his price in his next contract. I think Banner illegally tapped into the control thanks to one of his minions. You know like supposed rumor about the Saints exec and his office.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Thank God Greg Little doesn’t score more otherwise the Browns would be really screwed!

  • dchabz

    Well, you have to hand the ref the football just right, if you hand it to them too hard… that’s celebrating… what is this sport coming to?

  • MrCleaveland

    How long before we have an end zone crotch grab?

  • Jaker

    The only reason I’m not that angry about the Ruud helmet toss is because we ended up making the playoffs anyway(but I assure you, I was extremely pissed at the time).

  • saggy

    my sentiment exactly. So how about cracking down on rampant HGH use in the NFL instead of this garbage. you know, maybe worry about the crap that could actually kill a kid who is emulating his heroes.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I was there for that Cleveland moment! 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kid needs new heroes.

  • ” Express “

    If celebrating in the end zone is left unchecked , it may turn into either the player bringing his entourage into the end zone to celebrate or his teammates joining him in exposing their bare dairy-air to the opposing team’s crowd.