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NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:29 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 6:26 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Three new NFL rule changes relating to player safety were approved Tuesday at the owners' meetings in Indianapolis. Also, the NFL is close to rolling out a "team fine" system for fining franchises if they have multiple players who are fined throughout the season.

League vice president Adolpho Birch referred to the system as a "notion of club accountability,"  but said that details of the plan are not final.

"As a club's total (number of fines) increases to a certain threshold, we will enforce some ... payback to encourage clubs to stay below that threshold," Birch said. "We're looking at a system similar to one we instituted a couple years ago with off-field conduct.

"We're still working on specifics. Let's just say it would be significant and reasonable," he said.

Birch did not identify which teams likely would have been fined had the system been in place during the 2010 season, but did say that "three our four teams would have been subject to penalties."

Art Rooney, speaking at the owners meetings, said that the Steelers would have been one of the teams that would have qualified for such a fine, according to Dan Parr of Pro Football Weekly.
Safety Rules

NFL VP Ray Anderson, also speaking in Indy, said that suspensions will again be considered for the coming season. In 2010, the NFL threatened players with the possibility of suspensions based on hits that were considered flagrant violations, but no player was suspended.

Fines and suspensions will presumably be easier to come by in 2011, as well.  The 32 owners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve rules that increase player safety, including a measure aimed at preventing a player from launching himself into a defenseless opponent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:19 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Considering right away writing your own private content articles? And obtaining individuals out of just about every individual similar applications?

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:35 am
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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 2:42 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Let him put in the years that Ray Lewis has and then you can say top linebacker ever.

Yes one of the best. Ray is a great Line backer as well. He has had legal issues and overcame them too. He has certainly taken his share of penalties and would probably agree with Harrison. I certainly respect Lewis.

You are a Moron though for trying to make this personal or denying that Harrison is a standout at his position. Out of the hundreds of linebackers in the league, his name is known by fans as much if not more than 95% of the rest. The media, his colleagues and true fans of the sport know what he is and the impact he has. Next you will say Polamalu is an average safety.

Something else to note is Harrison has had the talent for a long time. He just needed the right coaching. After a few seasons on the practice squad for both the Steelers and Ravens he got his shot and has been dominant since.

So Lewis may be great but that does not take anything away from Harrison.


I think your comment was that a moron would make. You are probably reconsidering now ,so I'll give you a break.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 12:04 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

This one takes the cake for sheer idiocy and demonstrates conclusively that God-dell is so anti-Steeler that he reeks of Patriot red and blue.  If the NFL continues to adhere to this moron's dictates, they will become a flag football entity, if not a pure touch tag excuse for the game.  One has to wonder just what is the root cause of God-dell's pure hatred for the Steelers and their nation...could it because Rooney accepted the Irish ambassador job from our equally mentally challenged president?

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:58 am

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

They also need to test for all the growth stuff/drugs...  If the players aren't taking this stuff they won't be as big and won't be able to hurt each other as bad. 

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:53 am

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Put flags and skirts on them already.

All these rules specifically target safeties and CBs because they do the vast majority of the tackling on "unprotected" receivers. What's next, the receiver can signal a fair catch and the DB has to give them a 3 foot cushion and gets a penalty for bumping into them??

Why not have rules against RBs lowering their heads and using their helmets as battering rams on defenders? Because that would hurt the offense and the NFL knows offense sells. So instead in an effort to act like they are doing something they will further target defensive players which will actually limit their ability to stop the offense. A win-win as far as the NFL is concerned...they look like they are doing something to decrease injury risks while simultaneously increasing offense.

There will probably come a day when certain players will be able to wear red no-contact jerseys.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:43 am

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

"one of the top Linebackers ever" WOW REALLY????? So this means, and I quote you "The determination and passion he has played with over the past few years" Few Years??????? Let him put in the years that Ray Lewis has and then you can say top linebacker ever.

Let see if Harrison can follow instructions and stop the insane "Stupid" penalties.....make millions and walk away from the game on top with his money and health. You know the NFL has an agenda and the players will have to play it. I agree with you though that the Refs should be held accountable as well as the players. The game has changed since the days of Lambert, Butkas and the greats, however if the current players want to be remembered like them they need to play the New Game.

Hard Nose football can still be played and played hard but a single person (Harrison) that looks to impose injury upon another player that is making a living, and is put out of a game for who know how long has no place in this league. It's not fair to others on the team or the league.

An NFL Player

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:02 am

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

So let me get this straight.... the NFL is workign on rule changes instead of union deal? Ray Lewis is allowed to play in the league, The Patriotns & Bronco's can cheat with limited penalty. The Jets blowhard coach can say whatever he wants without penalty. A guy goes to jail for shooting himself, a player gets suspended without a court appeance! Who is running this league?

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:42 am

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Love the comment on officials. Some penalties don't make allot of difference when a crew messes something up. But many are game changing and sometimes a 15 yarder and an automatic first down on a 3rd and long because someone gets lower than the defender can, is BS. And can change the outcome of a game.

These are professional refs so they should be held to high standards as well. Of course this also means there would be a penalty for missing calls as well.

Do we, the fans, really want that? 

Do the players want that?

I like the way that Harrison plays and consider him one of the top Linebackers ever, with his skill and work ethic. The determination and passion he has played with over the past few years is amazing.

He should be considered a model of the position not a poster child for what is wrong.

No off field issues, no BS smack talk. Just plain hard nose football and he speaks from his heart. he might not articulate his words well but everyone knows what he is thinking and trying to say when he talks.

I still can't believe they lost to the Pack.

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 11:24 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Well based on the rules they just announced - the hit shown in the picture accompanying this article should be legal and not fined - the NFL needs to send Harrison some more money back.

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