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Beckham, Norman both would have been ejected under proposed rule

A referee, left, separates New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) AP

If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gets his way, a situation like the one that arose in this season’s Panthers-Giants game would result in multiple ejections.

Goodell wants the NFL owners to adopt a rule that would result in an automatic ejection for any player who gets two personal fouls in a game. If that had been the case this season, Giants receiver Odell Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman both would have been ejected. Beckham had three personal fouls in the game, while Norman had two.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that if such a rule had been in place, the two players wouldn’t have been called for multiple personal fouls. Perhaps if the rule is adopted, a player will toe the line after getting one personal foul — that’s the intent of the rule. Or perhaps if the rule is adopted, officials will be hesitant to throw a second personal foul flag for the same reason that officials are currently hesitant to eject players.

Beckham should have been ejected under the current rules. Perhaps what the NFL really needs is not an automatic ejection rule, but officials who feel more empowered to throw a player out of a game when necessary.

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21 Responses to “Beckham, Norman both would have been ejected under proposed rule”
  1. RegisHawk says: Feb 6, 2016 3:10 PM

    Still waiting for that story on Rodney Harrison advocating taking a QB out at the knees. Why the delay?

  2. shaggytoodle says: Feb 6, 2016 3:13 PM

    Beckham should have been ejected for the way the rule is today. Anyone without bias could tell you that, yet for some reason those officials didnt do their job right.

  3. mcwest1 says: Feb 6, 2016 3:13 PM

    If they go the route of ejecting a player for 2 personal fouls, the inadvertent facemask rule needs to be reinstated. Can’t have a player getting ejected because his hand glazed another player’s facemask two times.

  4. cpd936 says: Feb 6, 2016 3:15 PM

    Truly fascinating news here

  5. jasecity says: Feb 6, 2016 3:17 PM

    They should have been.

  6. x716199121 says: Feb 6, 2016 3:19 PM

    Did they both get their second personal fouls on the same play?

  7. esd45suf says: Feb 6, 2016 3:21 PM

    Does this include all personal fouls? If so that’s means 2 face mask penalties (which are most often inadvertent) & the guy is out of the game.

  8. blspears says: Feb 6, 2016 3:38 PM

    Soccer is terrible please dont follow their way of doing things.

  9. theparadoxx82 says: Feb 6, 2016 3:40 PM

    Now what about not calling obvious personal fouls?

    OBJ would have been out of the game before Norman even broke a sweat.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Feb 6, 2016 4:20 PM

    esd45suf says:
    Feb 6, 2016 3:21 PM
    Does this include all personal fouls? If so that’s means 2 face mask penalties (which are most often inadvertent) & the guy is out of the game.
    ________________

    Another thing to consider is after the fumble and people are getting off the pile is you often end up with one player pushing an opponent, which is usually followed by a blatant and usually commical flop, that can’t be lumped in with the same as intentionally going high on a defenseless receiver.

  11. randomguy9999 says: Feb 6, 2016 4:24 PM

    if this rule was in place…. most likely neither would have been ejected because they would have known that the NFL doesn’t put up with them acting like street hoods and they wouldn’t have done what they did in the first place

    the two strikes and you’re out is a great idea… those last few games this year were completely out of hand and guys got injured during and going into major playoff games….

    do we really want the playoffs, championships and super bowl decided by who is able to inflict the worst injuries to the other teams top players?

  12. besafewithit says: Feb 6, 2016 4:53 PM

    They wouldn’t need to bring back the inadvertent face mask penalty because it was never made into a 15 yard penalty. The current face mask penalty is what used to be the 15yd kind and the 5yd one isn’t a foul anymore.

    They really need to crack down on officials to fix this stuff. The ref in that game let it become a debacle, and for doing his job that badly he should’ve been suspended.

  13. udontknowjaq says: Feb 6, 2016 5:00 PM

    This rule should only apply for after the whistle personal fouls.

  14. Ferdinand says: Feb 6, 2016 5:04 PM

    “Beckham, Norman both would have been ejected under proposed rule”

    They should have been ejected with the current rules in place. Refs just flat out refuse to eject anyone for anything.

  15. abninf says: Feb 6, 2016 5:05 PM

    Beckham was just bullied. Norman is a big meanie.

  16. dutchschafer says: Feb 6, 2016 5:05 PM

    A new rule to keep Burfict from crippling Steelers. That franchise is terrified of anyone that hits back.

  17. FinFan68 says: Feb 6, 2016 5:14 PM

    The officials need to change their philosophy. They need to consider only 1 thing: did they actually see an infraction. That is it. If the answer is yes, throw the flag. No more guessing that something happened or not based on the aftermath. All other factors (game situation, score, time left, player or team involved, playoff implications, would it constitute an ejection or not, etc) should NEVER be considered. It is incumbent on the players to play within the rules and not on the officials to consider the consequences for the player.

  18. worldizending says: Feb 6, 2016 5:45 PM

    Perhaps what the NFL really needs is not an automatic ejection rule, but officials who feel more empowered to throw a player out of a game when necessary.
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    I agree. Calls are so subjective. An official should be able to eject a player regardless of any penalties.

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 6, 2016 6:13 PM

    No, Norman wouldn’t have been tossed. He never would’ve gotten the second penalty as beckham would’ve already been sobbing in the locker room.

  20. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 6, 2016 6:23 PM

    Actually Beckham should’ve been ejected, sent home, and made to go to bed early without tv.

  21. nobleeding says: Feb 6, 2016 8:25 PM

    New rule: no more new rules until the current ones are cleaned up and properly officiated.

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