Rams coach Jeff Fisher, co-chair of the NFL Competition Committee, has already heard from fans who oppose the league instituting a 15-yard penalty for players who dunk the ball over the goal post. And Fisher is telling those fans, tough.
“I was going through the airport leaving Orlando yesterday, going through security, and this guy was just wearing me out on the ‘No Fun League.’ Are you kidding me? He’s saying, ‘No Fun League! They should be allowed to dunk!’ And I’m like, ‘Then go to a bar and watch a basketball game. This is football,'” Fisher said on Mike & Mike.
Fisher said that when Saints tight end Jimmy Graham caused the game to be delayed by knocking the goal post off balance on a dunk last season, it became clear that the league had to do something about it.
“We’re concerned, and we had the one instance last year where it took 20-25 minutes to re-set those goal posts,” Fisher said. “It just made sense to just say we’re going to eliminate it.”
Another option would have been only to penalize players if their dunk celebration causes a delay of the game, but the NFL apparently didn’t want to differentiate like that. And so dunking will now be the exclusive domain of the NBA. Mark Cuban no doubt approves.