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Sport Report: NFL has 'no immediate plans' to change enforcement of taunting rules

22:20  22 september  2021
22:20  22 september  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

NFL taunting rules, explained: Why penalties will be called more often during 2021 season

  NFL taunting rules, explained: Why penalties will be called more often during 2021 season The league is making sure there's an emphasis on taunting entering this coming season, and there have already been some examples this preseason.The NFL is shifting back into "No Fun League" mode, with the league's competition committee deciding that taunting should be an emphasis from officiating crews entering the 2021 season. While taunting has always been on the books as a 15-yard penalty, this year we could see more flags fly for players talking a little smack to one another.

Arguably the most controversial aspect of the first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season has involved the league keeping its previous promise to crack down on actions deemed to be taunting of opposing players.

Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Vonn Bell (24) talks to Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after a play and was penalized for taunting. © Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Vonn Bell (24) talks to Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after a play and was penalized for taunting.

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera, a member of the NFL's competition committee, spoke out in favor of the league's enforcement of rules related to taunting on Tuesday, and Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports "there are no immediate plans" for the NFL to change its stance regarding such 15-yard penalties.

Will NFL’s latest emphasis on taunting stick?

  Will NFL’s latest emphasis on taunting stick? From time to time, the NFL makes the taunting rule a point of emphasis for officials. That’s a fancy way of saying that someone in the league office doesn’t think the game officials are properly calling the foul, so calling it a point of emphasis becomes a wake-up call to the folks with the yellow [more]In 2014, then Rams coach made it clear that taunting would be a point of emphasis, explaining that it was an issue of respect, and that the NFL hoped the standard would trickle down to lower levels of the sport.

Rivera explained Tuesday the NFL is merely attempting to eliminate acts of retaliation that, in the past, have resulted in brawls among players during games. As Rivera and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, players are permitted to celebrate accomplishments such as touchdowns and sacks as long as such actions aren't directed at an opponent.

Players shouldn't be surprised by what's occurred since the start of the regular season, as it was known back in April the competition committee believed NFL referees had become "too lax in taunting." In short, such penalties will only disappear if players adjust how they react to events on fields during games.

The NFL’s crackdown on taunting is as bad as we thought

  The NFL’s crackdown on taunting is as bad as we thought Can we get rid of this dumb rule now?The worst thing in football is subjective penalties. Some of these like pass interference will always be unavoidable, but there was no reason to add one that wasn’t based on contact and football moves, instead focusing on a referee’s interpretation of what taunting is and isn’t. A total of 10 flags have been thrown this season for taunting, and Week 2’s most egregious examples are just sad.

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Raiders' Darren Waller called for horrible taunting penalty after spiking ball in 'Monday Night Football' game .
The NFL's most controversial rule of the 2021 season reared its ugly head again in the "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Raiders and Chargers.This time, Las Vegas tight end Darren Waller was called for it. His crime? Spiking the ball after his 21-yard reception from Derek Carr earned his team's first first down of the game — on the team's fifth offensive possession.

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