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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: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:54 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Maybe they will start giving officials "crew" fines when they suck it up.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:17 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

There goes Art Models share of the tv deal.  He may never agree for the lockout to be over.   I agree with the other posts.  Good defense isn't about big, cheap hits.  Its about being in position and actually WRAPPING up.   If the players don't like it, they don't have to play. 

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:02 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Maybe the NFL should concentrate on the lockout instead of ways to make the game worse........


Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:00 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

if the steelers released harrison, the ravens would be first in line waving cashola in his face.  wouldn't he be the perfect replacement for an aging ray lewis? yeah, i thought so.  then i could unload my tremendous wit with a comment about harrison causing the bankruptcy of art modell.  stop drooling, fool, it isn't going to happen.  the cleveland crows would try ANYTHING to get one over on the steelers.  good luck.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:49 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

you even stutter in written dialogue? p-p-poor you.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:16 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

the nfl should also add big fines for sisy hits ala  a deion sanders attempted tackle  hahaha

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 9:03 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

they (the nfl) keep looking at the defenses for violent hits but, to me anyways, the offense can get away with just about anything.  how is "launching"  your self at an offensive player any different than an offensive lineman, or reciever, or running back comming back into a play or on a reverse and "de-cleating" someone from the defense.  its called a great play or heads up for "staying with the play" or not giving up.  the nfl really needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are really being fair or if they just want 65 to 60 games.  i have watched games, and i bet most of you on here have also, where the play is suppose to go to the off. right and it gets stuffed and the running back reverses field and get the defense to pursue back in the other direction, and that is when those offensive hits come from or from the deep WR comming back to make a block for the underneath route and just level the guy chasing him.  i in all honesty see no difference from those hits to the ones by the defence that are getting flagged.  do we need saftey? well yes of course. but the last time i looked this was a contact talking sport not two hand touch. 

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:47 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Maybe the owners should be fined, for wanting to add two games to the schedule.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:23 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Do the  flags get delivered the first day of training camp or once they have a CBA done?



ps - anybody know the Dow Jones symbol for the acme flag football manufacturer?  I'd like to buy some stock - production should be on the up swing...

Since: Mar 30, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:15 pm

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Doesn't this seem like something that should be voted on by the players who are actually the ones doing the hitting?  It seems like if they feel it is unnecessary roughness that they would pass the vote.  I also think they should have a hand in coming up with a general rule of fines that get handed out because they are the ones that live with it on the field, so they know what is acceptable and unacceptable

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