The NFL owners continue to focus on player safety at their spring meeting in Indianapolis.
Hours after approving rule adjustments designed to protect defenseless players, word is leaking out that the league is working on a plan to fine teams for multiple player safety fines.
The idea, per Judy Battista of the New York Times, is to encourage coaching staffs to coach proper technique. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe says that three or four teams would have faced significant fines in 2010 if the rule was in place.
Essentially, teams that had multiple fines for helmet-to-helmet hits will face a pre-determined fine. Bedard writes that Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes to nail down the particulars and start enforcing the team fines in 2011.
Of course, the NFL may embark on the ultimate player safety initiative in 2011 by not playing football.