NFL reportedly considering rule change banning players from running onto the field for celebrations
If passed, a rule violation would result in a 15-yard penalty
After two seasons of NFL is reportedly weighing a new rule that would curtail those group celebrations.that resulted in that hurt nobody and only enhanced the league's level of entertainment, the
According to The Washington Post's Mark Maske, the NFL will consider a rule that would ban players from running onto the field from the sideline to partake in celebrations. Violators of the rule, if passed, would be penalized 15 yards. A source told The Washington Post that "there are some coaches and some clubs who don't want to have players leaving the bench area to participate."
Just because the league is considering the rule doesn't mean it'll be presented to owners at the annual league meetings in March. It might not lead to anything other than discussions at the combine. But if it does make it that far, it would need to carry the support of 24 of 32 owners in order to be passed.
Looking back at some of the group celebrations that took place this past season, not all of them featured players running out onto the field to join in. Group celebrations would still continue even if the rule is passed, they would just be capped at 11 players.
The proposed rule is still in the discussion phase, so we'll save most of our criticisms for a later point -- like, say, after the rule is passed. But for now, we'll only say that this appears to an example of the NFL trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist.
Football is supposed to be fun. Sometimes, rule changes must be made that make the game less fun for the sake of important things like player safety. It's why the kickoff has undergone massive changes in recent years. Nobody likes seeing touchbacks, but there's a reason why we don't see as many returns. They're dangerous. Group celebrations, on the other hand, are both fun and harmless. There's no reason to curtail them.
In the meantime, instead of trying to legislate fun,like the one that .
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