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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.

 
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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:01 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Sorry, I see they have already started crying.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:00 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

The the crying by Steeler fans commence.

The solution is simple. Steellithium claims he is a coach, they should bring him in to teach James Harrison how to play football.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:30 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

James Harrison was fined $25,000 by the NFL today just to prove how serious they are.



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:13 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

If this happens it's only a matter of time before the Pittsburgh Steelers declarer bankruptcy or release James Harrison. I wonder which one comes first.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:48 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Great post Vranger...if people want good defense, then cheer for this as it forces players to tackle fundamentally and stop the stupid "bounce-off" tackles that happen all the time and result in huge plays for the O that shouldve been stopped after 5

If people want big hits then admit that, stop acting like your just loooking out for the game or trying to keep it fair for teh defense. Wanting big hits is one thing and if you want that, OK. But if you really want GOOD DEFENSE then the head-first tackles should be out of the game despite the injury factor. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:39 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

 If they trick out the rules much more the defenses will not have any chance.
Not even close to being an accurate statement. Big hits don't make tackles. They are cheap attempts to intimidate. In fact, attempted big hits that miss often leave the ball carrier free to gain big yards or scores that would have been prevented had the idiot playing D just wrapped him up for the tackle instead of going for the big hits. We've all seen that happen time and time again every season.

The most likely results of a decrease in defenders going for the big hits is that they make better tackles, and the defense becomes more effective.

The ONLY way the big hit ever helps a defense is if it injures a key player for the opposing offense. I don't really think that's the kind of help we want to give defenses. ;-)      
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Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:21 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

If they're really interested in player safety they should invest in safer helmets like the one Rodgers wore in the playoffs. If they trick out the rules much more the defenses will not have any chance.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:41 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

NFL can change the rule all they want, people are still going to get hurt.......still waiting for Roger Goddell to have a little common sense if he has any



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:12 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

No Football = No Fines


Lets get a deal done to play football, then worry about fines...



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:10 pm
 

NFL working on 'team fine' system for hits

Birch said. "We're looking at a system similar to one we instituted a couple years ago with off-field conduct.

Why??  Because that rule worked so well.  NFL players are getting into trouble at a record pace.


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