NFL plans to create a standard for gloves

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The NFL will indeed be taking a closer look at the effectiveness of gloves. Specifically, the league will look at whether the gloves are too effective.

“There are no standards right now,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent said during Thursday’s conference call regarding the proposed rule changes for 2016. “We have been working with our partners — Under Armour, Nike — to see how we could adjust and have some minimum standards. The challenge is the tackiness, and the gloves now are so tacky that it’s taking away from the true skill level. So we have been working with our manufactures and partners, Virginia Tech, in trying to create a standard in all protective equipment and in particular the gloves. So that frankly is a work in progress because there is no standards in the industry and it appears that we have to create one.”

Vincent explained that the review has been ongoing for the last 18 months, and that changes could be coming next year.

“It’s been brought up with our subcommittee — coaches subcommittee — Coach Madden has brought it up the last two years and then working with Virginia Tech and some of the companies, the manufacturers,” Vincent said. “Our reasons for it and obviously the commercial side are much different. We now have taken it upon ourselves as a league as we look into protective equipment and try to create a standard. We’re not into that business, but we’re now involved. Again, working with Virginia Tech and trying to come up with a mode. So hoping to have some better answers and better solutions. It won’t be this particular season, but as we look at the 2017 campaign, we hope to have better answers and better standards as it pertains to gloves.”

John Madden expressed concern regarding the quality of the gloves last year in comments to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

“No one looks at those gloves,” Madden said. “I saw them when I was at a meeting in Indy. They passed them around and somebody made the comment that, ‘Pretty soon, these gloves are going to be able to catch a ball without a hand in them.’”

The gloves have gotten incredibly effective, making it much easier to catch a ball with one hand.

Obviously, making gloves less effective will make spectacular catches less common. Before the league develops a standard that makes it harder to players to make those kinds of grabs, the league needs to ask itself whether it would like to have fewer highlight-reel receptions.

103 responses to “NFL plans to create a standard for gloves

  1. Doesn’t involve NE so no one will get penalized for anything because the NFL will hand out warnings to the other 31 before enforcing punishment.

    If it’s NE the NYJLO punishes first and worries about facts later and tries to make them fit the narrative.

  2. I say make them take them off. OBJ doesn’t. Make that catch without them. Made that one handed record with the gloves on too. These things are way too sticky and therefore give an unfair advantage.

  3. Madden’s wrong. If a glove catches a ball without a hand in it, under the current rules the player doesn’t have possession of the ball so it’s an incompletion and no catch.

  4. So when you write umpteen articles about sticky towels, ball pressure, and every other piece of football legislation, you don’t think it’s odd to draw the line at gloves?

  5. ODB would have never made that 3 fingered catch seasons ago without the help of gloves… that was an obvious sign those gloves could enhance performance.

  6. Leave gloves out of the NFL. Pure bare hands. In all weather. Let’s see who can catch the ball then.

  7. Vincent explained that the review has been ongoing for the last 18 months, and that changes could be coming next year.

    Goodell’s NFL. A league run by lawyers who never played the game.

    18 months and counting to review and decide what to do about gloves?

  8. Players have been using gloves for how long now and it’s only now they are working on a standard? Next thing we’ll hear about is regulation cleats and pads. Have they standardized those things yet?

    Yep, that sounds like Roger Goodell’s NFL.

  9. I thought this was addressed in the 70’s with Lester Hayes. For those of you too young to remember him, he was the Raiders cornerback who once had an interception when it hit the back of his leg and stuck, no hands at all. He had so much stickum on him he applied it with a stick and the balls were often unusable when he touched them because the quarterback couldn’t get them out of his hand when he threw them. They stuck to his hands. That’s when they outlawed stickum.

  10. Its like “nerf ball” out there now…..That, and the fact that the defender can’t touch, hold, grab, or otherwise interfere with the WR makes it easy to see why catching/passing records are being set each and every year……..

  11. Wayne Chrebet NYJ WR and Tim Brown OAK and TB WR.. Dwight Clarke TE for INDY for so long. Sean freaking Taylor one of the most gifted safetys of all time. (RIP) those guys didn’t need gloves. I grew up idolizing those guys bc they used TRUE ball talent and it took TRUE ball skill to catch the ball. (yes even Sean Taylor) I play football now and tape 3 fingers. I play WR and CB. And when ever someone ask my why I don’t wear gloves, I tell them I like to actually “Feel the ball” and wearing gloves can make any scrub look like a superstar. Gloves have stickem’.. they need to do something about this now.

  12. These really sticky gloves came around just after I was done playing HS ball. We had the old Neumann leather gloves that were ok, but nothing like the ones I had in college. Nike was the first, and I couldn’t believe how sticky they were. I can only imagine some of the newest models. I remember those Nikes and having to wash off the grass that would stick to them between plays…

    That said, until the NFL can define what is and is not a catch, I’d say worry about the gloves later

  13. As long as all players get the same advantage, I don’t see the problem. Dropped balls on offense and defense are frustrating and do not make for good football.

  14. Yea, the NFL needs to make sure spectacular Odel catches NEVER happen again! What black eye on the league…

  15. Funny how 5 years ago, this news would have been viewed as an action from a league that has its act together doing something proactive to insure a level playing field. Now the league is assumed to have something up its sleeve / devious ulterior motive with every move they make…and rightly so.

    Non-Profit tax exempt status for the NFL being just one of the slimy things they do, along with making arbitrary punishment rulings against teams and players, lying to the cities of teams that are relocating to squeeze every dollar out of the fans they’re abandoning, stealing money from the players union….

  16. if they standardize to a glove, I hope it’s the stickiest one they can find… the highlight catches are one of the best parts of the game

  17. leather only like a batting glove if you supposedly need them …. nothing tactified at all to aid in the grip or catching of a ball …. that’s illegal as hell

  18. “It’s been brought up with our subcommittee — coaches subcommittee — Coach Madden has brought it up the last two years…”

    Madden: “They used to put stick’em on their hands to catch those balls… Now they got those gloves.”

  19. Went to Hall of Fame last year in Canton. During one presentation they passed around various items for inspection, including a pair of gloves. My friends and myself all commented how tacky the gloves were, even us average Joes could catch a ball easily with them on.

  20. Jerry Rice made a statement about Largent once and his ability to make great catches bare handed he said, “If he had the gloves that are used today he would have been able to catch the ball with one finger” Now that might be just Jerry paying homage to a contemporary that he had loads of respect for, but it does kinda give a take on how the game has changed since the two played and the possible impact these gloves are having. I’m not sure it’s good or bad, but personally instead of thinking wow look at all these great catches, sometimes I think would he have made that catch without those gloves, and that second guessing seems to take away from the sport of it. Of course they are not going to throw the baby out with the bath water, the NFL knows that offense is making them money and making it harder to catch will take that away, which may hurt the old bottom line. In other words don’t bet on a big change.

  21. Not to take anything away from Odell Beckham and his incredible career to date, but I wonder how mutch of “the catch” can be attributed to these tacky gloves. We will never really know, but the play will live on forever

  22. Rice haters need to suck it. He Is the greatest of all time, stick em spray or not. His highlight was getting yards after catch. Every offensive linemen back then covered their arms in Vaseline

  23. If only they were so diligent when it came to PSI,. Deflategate wouldn’t have become such a mess.

  24. Lester Hayes made Stickum most famous as we watched him spread it all up and down his forearms and hands. It got outlawed. Bring it back for DB use.

  25. Yet they’re so worried about the “integrity of the game” that they never measured air pressure in footballs during games last season. Don’t want to admit that balls do actually lose pressure in cold weather. Integrity? Goodell? Ha!

  26. I get it, better gloves will make for more catches…….So Dean Blandino will have fewer chances to make up what a catch is and ignore replay.

  27. I knew this would be an OBJ bash fest. Well, haters, go watch back the Giants Dolphins game last year when he roasted them WITHOUT gloves. Those gloves are useless in the rain.

    Don’t be jealous that your starting WR1 is Riley cooper. OBJ is the best WR with or without them. He wears them to protect his fingers.

  28. filthymcnastyog says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:11 AM

    The “tackiness” of gloves is so insignificant compared to .02 psi…….
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    That’s right. .02% is worse than war crimes against humanity.

    At least that’s what the NYFL would have you believe.

  29. It’s like geared power lifters in their squat suits and bench shirts. Real men do it raw. Steve Largent didn’t need gloves, stickum or gloves coated in stickum. Didn’t need Joe Montana or Bill Walsh either,That’s why he’s the best.

  30. Maybe they should have a clear definition of a catch that can be consistently applied by the refs before they worry about the gloves.

  31. I hope they do that after they have a standards for all the rules. It seems we get new interpretations as the season goes on.

  32. Only the -0.2 psi in NE’s footballs makes a difference to NFL HQ. The grip advantage this creates is the only thing that separates Brady from the rest. Those gloves that everybody wears in good weather and bad don’t help with grip at all.

  33. Here we go again. The NFL doesn’t know how to create a new standard for anything. Or consistently enforce the ones they already have. Pathetic. Integrity!

  34. …But Teddy’s white gloves hide the extremely tiny hands. You can’t do this to us, Teddy is the next Peyton Manning except he can only throw the ball 15 yards.

  35. Uh, if OBJ becomes a less effective receiver without gloves then so will everyone else (thats what we call common sense fellas). With or without the gloves he’ll still be the best receiver in the game einsteins.

  36. We always have comments here by anyone with a keyboard, but I can tell you first hand as an actual expert that these gloves are much better than stickum as the sebaceous fluids (oil) and sweat would mix with the compound and performance degrade. The gloves are modeled in nanotechnology materials science labs. These polymer labs replicate the micro suctions of insects, amphibians and reptiles. Seriously, have a look at the material at 400x… pretty impressive and improving every day. Ironically, wet footballs work great (like licking a suction cup); just not saturated ones because the water wrings out like a sponge on impact and fills the micro cavities reducing the designed surface adhesion. Phew… now that I got that out of my system; I can go back to non-fact filled bias for my Team and Trolling all the others. Ain’t Science grand?

  37. The gloves are the football equivalent of aluminum bats. As long as they don’t leave a residue on the ball, what’s the problem?

    If I were a coach all my DBs would be wearing them to help get more interceptions and my RBs would too to help reduce fumbles.

  38. They should be able to steal more draft picks from the Patriots once they standardize the equipment and the punishments for violations.

    Some violations will be ignored. Some will have moderate fines applied. Some will necessitate multimillion dollar investigations where evidence will be fabricated and any sworn testimony given will be subject to change or mischaracterization as the commissioner sees fit (depending on whether the Patriots are involved or not).

  39. arwiv says:
    Mar 20, 2016 11:20 AM
    Uh, if OBJ becomes a less effective receiver without gloves then so will everyone else (thats what we call common sense fellas). With or without the gloves he’ll still be the best receiver in the game einsteins.

    I have a feeling LIttle ODB and his antics are going to get crushed this year

  40. I think the gloves should be standardize. I have no problem with gloves being worn on either side of the ball if they are worn for protection and or warmth.

  41. carsonsfbcorner says:
    Mar 19, 2016 11:46 PM

    “And when ever someone ask my why I don’t wear gloves, I tell them I like to actually “Feel the ball” and wearing gloves can make any scrub look like a superstar”.
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    as long as they’re legal, all the reason more to wear gloves. why wouldn’t a scrub not want to look like a superstar.

  42. Damidwesterner says:
    Mar 19, 2016 11:11 PM
    Madden’s wrong. If a glove catches a ball without a hand in it, under the current rules the player doesn’t have possession of the ball so it’s an incompletion and no catch.

    ———

    Wouldn’t that depend on whether or not the glove became a runner by making a football move?

  43. I can see where some could get an advantage for a time with a specially designed compound impregnated into the palm material of a players gloves. No problem with there being a standard set on what materials can be used and new materials needing to be approved. That would keep everyone equal. Keep the gloves because everyone can use them. Also, Minnesota would have a fumbling fool for a quarterback without them.

  44. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:51 PM
    Damidwesterner says:
    Mar 19, 2016 11:11 PM
    Madden’s wrong. If a glove catches a ball without a hand in it, under the current rules the player doesn’t have possession of the ball so it’s an incompletion and no catch.

    ———

    Wouldn’t that depend on whether or not the glove became a runner by making a football move?

    —————————————-

    That most likely would require one of the fingers to make that move……. care to guess which one should be aimed at Roger?

  45. I disagree with Troy Vincent when he states “There are no standards right now.” There is a standard that the NFL has set as players are not allowed to wear any product on game day that violates the uniform policy. The NFL has approved the gloves being worn today for several years, they are sold commercially by Nike, Under Armour, and plenty of other vendors. I would agree that they do enhance performance but they are available to every single player to wear as versions for offensive and defensive line men are produced.

    I would have loved the opportunity to wear the gloves today when I was playing high school football twenty plus years ago. I probably would have played quarter back if these gloves were available.

  46. Oh God, I can hear it now…………11 out of 12 gloves were found to be too sticky. Call Wells.

  47. terrellblowens says:
    Mar 20, 2016 4:36 AM
    Not to take anything away from Odell Beckham and his incredible career to date, but I wonder how mutch of “the catch” can be attributed to these tacky gloves. We will never really know, but the play will live on forever
    _______________

    Sports Science could probably do a piece that would say it is impossible to catch without gloves…. the ball is coming at a steep angle and has its momentum stop on 3 fingers… if its just cloth or bare hands that catch doesn’t happen, you are right though… no matter what that play will be shown forever.

  48. flipola says:
    Mar 19, 2016 11:01 PM
    Gloves today are more sticky than stickum.

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    Jerry Rice diaagrees with this statement

  49. The NFL always wants more offense, so I don’t get why there would be any issue with gloves that help increase the offense and scoring. Of course, defenders can wear them too, so you wonder why quite a few DBs still have trouble making the INT when they get a chance.

  50. Maybe instead of worrying about gloves that make the game more entertaining, the league should worry about helmets that could potentially reduce the likelihood of a concussion – or braces that prevent tears to ligaments. That would be time and energy well spent.

  51. Simple solution that is EASILY understood:

    A.) No gloves permitted until temps are below 30 degrees.

    B.) Leather gloves ONLY = just like the Football.

  52. I think the NFL should be more concerned with deciding WHAT IS A CATCH before regulating gloves.
    Personally I think the technology of gloves is legit. If everyone is allowed to use, RB’s / WR’s and CB’s / LB’s. them I don’t see the big beef about it.
    It makes the game more exciting. That’s what fans want, right ?

  53. Its funny tho with people bashing Beckham, dont take anything away from that play, if the gloves makes it easier, all pass catchers, DB’s etc should be making those type catches with ease and regularity.

  54. Reading all the comments just now, now I’m wondering if they’re going to look at all the gloves, or just the ones the receivers use. If the latter, they should look at the DB gloves as well.
    If you ever been to a good sporting goods store, you’ll see gloves by position. DBs and WRs are probably similar. Linemen gloves aren’t really that sticky at all. LB gloves are somewhere in between (I suppose if you drop into coverage a lot, you might want a stickier glove; if you’re a rush guy that doesn’t cover, not so much).
    If they standardize to a level of stickiness, that might be OK, but if your position isn’t one of pass catching, this shouldn’t really apply.

  55. The only way it would be easier for receivers is if the ball was metal and the gloves were a magnet.

  56. Getting tired of having my comments deleted.

    All that I said was that the standard should be zero tackiness.

    Gloves should be for warmth and/or protection, not to enhance one’s ability.

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