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NFL will tell officials not to shy away from ejecting players

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The NFL is expected to pass a new rule this week that will result in an automatic ejection for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. But the league’s emphasis on ejections will go beyond that.

NFL V.P. of Officiating Dean Blandino told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that the league will also remind officials that it’s in their power to eject players for flagrant rules violations, even if they don’t commit two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

“We will reaffirm that the rulebook does allow us some discretion when it comes to ejection,” Blandino said. “We’ll make sure they understand that they have that power and they shouldn’t shy away when it is necessary.”

The new two-strikes rule wouldn’t have resulted in Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being ejected for his actions against Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, but Blandino said the officials should have ejected Beckham in that game anyway.

“I think everybody agreed that that was flagrant enough to eject. And that was the message to the game officials as part of the teaching and training after the fact,” Blandino said.

So new rule or no new rule, the officials will be told in 2016 that they’re empowered to throw a player out of the game.

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52 Responses to “NFL will tell officials not to shy away from ejecting players”
  1. patriottony says: Mar 21, 2016 5:46 AM

    Goodell is single handedly destroying the most profitable sport in human history.

  2. bonniebengal says: Mar 21, 2016 6:17 AM

    Way too much power.

  3. jchipwood says: Mar 21, 2016 6:19 AM

    So in other words if the patriots are in a tight game, eject the other teams best player.

  4. 3wordanswers says: Mar 21, 2016 6:41 AM

    “We will reaffirm that the rulebook does allow us some discretion when it comes to ejection,” Blandino said.
    ================================
    translation :

    we won’t be afraid to eject players for dirty play; unless they’re wearing yellow & black……..

  5. þatfromwayba€k says: Mar 21, 2016 6:51 AM

    While we’re ejecting players..any chance we can eject Goodell??

  6. mazenblue says: Mar 21, 2016 6:57 AM

    The union wont like this. How dare someone punish a player on the field for misconduct.

  7. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 21, 2016 7:02 AM

    There was an article that said last year there were only 2 players that had 2 unsportsmanlike conduct plays in all of the games last year.

  8. paastahtroy says: Mar 21, 2016 7:03 AM

    You mean if the Seahawks are winning… As the Hawks get a ton more penalties called against them than most other teams, plus their opponents are almost always in the lowest percentage of penalties called against.

  9. 6andcounting says: Mar 21, 2016 7:05 AM

    Good. That will stop a lot of the nonsense that goes on after the play.

  10. djstat says: Mar 21, 2016 7:15 AM

    I’d like to thank Troy Aikman and Joe Buck for this rule. After all they constantly talked about Odel Beckham, Jr losing his mind during the Giants-Panthers game. This is why Goodell regime is awful. Reactionary, PR move. Rather then enforce the rules already on the books.

  11. 2ruefan says: Mar 21, 2016 7:36 AM

    Two things
    Why wouldnt the new rule have reaulted in Beckham bwing ejected? Wasnt he charged with anpersonal foul?

    Also, I think this new rule just means the refs will have more discretion to throw out any player who might have grazed Aaron Rodgers…

  12. ebdug says: Mar 21, 2016 7:38 AM

    It’s a tough decision for the officials. On one hand, you’re paid to follow the league’s policies. On the other, there’s a responsibility to the game where you’re obligated to ignore the commissioner for the good of football.

    It’s a form of civil disobedience. We need it now more than ever.

  13. MichaelEdits says: Mar 21, 2016 7:47 AM

    Bring back Jim Core and his team. Best refs ever.

  14. nels1959 says: Mar 21, 2016 7:54 AM

    The nfl doesn’t come close to resembling the nfl of 30 years ago. This is just another rule that adds to that. The whole concussion thing is behind every single decision they make. I get it but it’s just not the same game anymore and 10 years from now it may well be unwatchable altogether

  15. bmoreb says: Mar 21, 2016 7:57 AM

    I think this new rule is absolutely Burfict !

  16. intrafinesse says: Mar 21, 2016 7:58 AM

    It would be cool if a ref who is retiring ejects the star QB in his last or next to last game. Imaging ejecting Tom Brady, saying he was taunting or whatever the NFL says is an ejectionable penalty. And the Patriots lose that game, and don’t have home field advantage because of that in the playoffs.
    What would Blandino say then?

  17. abninf says: Mar 21, 2016 7:59 AM

    I’ve never seen a player melt down the way Beckham did. If he didn’t have such a fruity hairdo maybe he wouldn’t get bullied as much.

  18. brownsfan39 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:02 AM

    Beckham should have been ejected and suspended. He was way out of line!

  19. bleedgreen says: Mar 21, 2016 8:13 AM

    Problem being that they’ve been able to eject players for years…. and have so very rarely done so that no one is afraid of it happening. Rather than change the rules, why not just actually enforce the ones that are already on the books?

  20. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 21, 2016 8:27 AM

    “We will reaffirm that the rulebook does allow us some discretion when it comes to ejection”

    ————–

    Not a fan of providing additional discretion to officials these days. Especially regarding something like this that can affect the outcome of games.

  21. savethebs says: Mar 21, 2016 8:27 AM

    so are we considering td celebration flags unsportsmanlike? like simple stuff like that? if so i hate it.

    but i do agree with ejecting guys like odb & talib for the stuff they pulled.

  22. upyoursnfu says: Mar 21, 2016 8:33 AM

    You’ll never see Pacman or Burfict finish a game

  23. photoguy13 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:34 AM

    What happens after a team pulls all of their players from the field of play after a questionable ejection? A forfeit might be worth turning some heat up on Roger.

  24. j0esixpack says: Mar 21, 2016 8:35 AM

    I’m all for this – as long as the NFLPA can eject Goodell as Commissioner if he ever fails to live up to the criteria of having “unquestioned integrity”

    Whoops – too late.

  25. streetyson says: Mar 21, 2016 8:42 AM

    Wow, it’s like Park Ave might have read my last two posts on ejection! Look, the refs could always eject a player, and given that players already get sat out for spells or the rest of a game due to situation, rotation, fitness, underperforming, injury or concussion concerns, or get benched anyway by coaches’ discipline, and given that the team is still allowed to field someone in their place, then ejecting a guy for a particularly egregious unsporting act should not be so big a deal! Do you want a sporting game or not? Simply fining these wealthy guys afterwards has little effect, and even a subsequent suspension doesn’t impact on the actual game in which the extreme unsporting act occurred. So just eject the d-bags AND THEN fine and incrementally suspended repeat offenders as the NEXT LEVEL of punishment.

  26. bonniebengal says: Mar 21, 2016 9:17 AM

    bmoreb says:
    Mar 21, 2016 7:57 AM
    I think this new rule is absolutely Burfict !

    1 2
    ____________
    You’re going to hate the rule when you see how the refs use it to favor Pittsburgh.

  27. tylawspick6 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:18 AM

    Arrest, try and convict Roger Goodell.

  28. steamingpilerex says: Mar 21, 2016 9:29 AM

    There are a lot of teams that are gonna “benefit” from this rule – that is EVERYBODY that plays against Pittsburg & Cincy …make that the whole AFC Central! – because they won’t have enough players left to finish those games! Goodells a joke…the NFLPA’S a joke….when is this madness gonna stop?

  29. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 21, 2016 9:53 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 21, 2016 6:19 AM

    So in other words if the patriots are in a tight game, eject the other teams best player.
    ———————————-
    BINGO!!!!!!!!! Remember, a flag COULD BE called on every play…instead they pick and choose when to throw them….

  30. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 21, 2016 9:54 AM

    hmm – if I was a cynical man I might think the “randomly pulling players off the field at the most inopportune times for concussion checks” policy the league implemented last year for “safety” didn’t quite have the desired effect. (I guess the Manning mandated SuperBowl didn’t go smoothly enough for the cabal’s liking)

  31. spoiledsport99 says: Mar 21, 2016 9:55 AM

    What about coaches who’s try and trip players or start altercations with players? Looking at you Pittsburgh.

  32. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 21, 2016 9:58 AM

    Odell Becky Junebug better stay under control!

  33. screamingyellowzonkers says: Mar 21, 2016 10:31 AM

    Well, this is great news to the Packers.
    Not only will they get phantom roughing the passer calls and extra plays, the Green Bay refs can now eject people.

    Go Refs Go !

  34. raidernation37 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:32 AM

    Guess I should expect even more ridiculous calls from the National Integrity League

  35. nobobyisreadingthis says: Mar 21, 2016 10:44 AM

    I am waiting for the day that Brady gets ejected after screaming at the refs…like he does all the time…but continually receives “star treatment”.

  36. feckyerlife says: Mar 21, 2016 10:47 AM

    A lot of dumb people commenting on this topic, this rule has nothing to do with Goodell, it has to do with the NFL Competition Committee who sets the rules, and some of the people bitching about Goodell, i can see by your username that someone from your team is on the committee, setting the rules that you are complaining about. Here is the list, go complain about them

    Rich McKay (chairman) – president, Atlanta Falcons
    John Mara – owner, New York Giants
    Stephen Jones – owner, Dallas Cowboys
    Mark Murphy – president, Green Bay Packers
    Ozzie Newsome – general manager, Baltimore Ravens
    Rick Smith – general manager, Houston Texans
    Jeff Fisher – head coach, St. Louis Rams
    Marvin Lewis – head coach, Cincinnati Bengals
    Mike Tomlin – head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

  37. j huber says: Mar 21, 2016 10:54 AM

    If a DE gets within a country mile of Brady, the ref are already shouting “Roughing the passer” before they throw the flag. But you have to chalk this on up under officiating bias. Same applies when arm is going forward or not?

    Please explain exactly what is a catch, and what is not. As soon as you can get Blandino and someone else on the same page, please let me know. Coaches, trainers, and players don’t understand this one either?

    Same with pass interference. If the league favorite is behind, but driving toward the goal, guess what gonna happen? Sometimes three or 4 in a row.

    How about Bullying and taunting?

    How many fouls each year are called incorrectly?

    Sounds like ol’ carrot top had a brain fart, and everybody else thinks it’s a great idea. Typical NFL.

  38. nhpats says: Mar 21, 2016 11:10 AM

    paastahtroy says:
    Mar 21, 2016 7:03 AM
    You mean if the Seahawks are winning… As the Hawks get a ton more penalties called against them than most other teams, plus their opponents are almost always in the lowest percentage of penalties called against.

    —————–

    It’s comical when Seahawks fans complain about officiating. If it were not for the officials, the Seahawks lose to Detroit and the Seahawks don’t even make the playoffs.

  39. whatjusthapped says: Mar 21, 2016 11:16 AM

    Ya, this is going to work out well. Watch what happens, the first ejection of the year will be met with howls of a conspiracy theory that the ejected player didn’t deserve it and was being made an example of for the league to show its toughness.

    The NFL would have been better off announcing that the rules are already in place to address the problem and then confer with the referees prior to the season to emphasize that they are expected to enforce the rules.

    The biggest problem I had with the Norman vs. OBJ infractions are the ref’s kept their flags in their pockets. A simple enforcement of the rules would have nipped it the bud.

  40. ravenbiker says: Mar 21, 2016 11:30 AM

    steamingpilerex says:
    Mar 21, 2016 9:29 AM

    There are a lot of teams that are gonna “benefit” from this rule – that is EVERYBODY that plays against Pittsburg & Cincy …make that the whole AFC Central! – because they won’t have enough players left to finish those games! Goodells a joke…the NFLPA’S a joke….when is this madness gonna stop?

    —————————-
    You do realize that neither of those teams are in the AFC central, right? They’re in the AFC North. The AFC Central was dissolved when they went from 6 divisions to 4.

  41. BradyIsTheGCOAT says: Mar 21, 2016 11:37 AM

    First minute of the first sunday regular season game – throw TBCheat and Belicheat out for 15 years of cheating and smearing the integrity of the game.

  42. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:02 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 21, 2016 11:18 AM

    The competition committee works for Goodell. So if you think Goodell has nothing to do with this then you need to get a clue. Goodell says yes or no to whatever they come up with and also has a big influence on what rules should be enforced more or less.

    Conspiracy theorist much?

    Anyone can suggest a rule. If it’s a viable suggestion, it goes to the committee, not the commissioner. When the committee releases its annual list of changes, the OWNERS vote on it and they’re passed or declined by a 75% vote (24+ of the 32 means yes, 23 or less means no). The commissioner has NO VOTE, thus your “Goodell says yes or no to whatever they come up with” is a complete fabrication.

  43. bonniebengal says: Mar 21, 2016 12:15 PM

    Think of all the horrendous calls the last few years. And the NFL’s answer to that is to give the refs more power?

  44. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 21, 2016 12:36 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Mar 21, 2016 9:53 AM
    jchipwood says:
    Mar 21, 2016 6:19 AM

    So in other words if the patriots are in a tight game, eject the other teams best player.
    ———————————-
    BINGO!!!!!!!!! Remember, a flag COULD BE called on every play…instead they pick and choose when to throw them…
    ————————-
    Yeah Totally. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed over the last 18 months in the NFL it’s preferential treatment of the Patriots and their star players…….eye roll.

  45. j0esixpack says: Mar 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    There’s actually fans out there who have convinced themselves that Goodell FAVORS the Patriots?

    That’s beyond delusional

  46. darkneptune73 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:42 PM

    Fire Goodell!

  47. reprob8 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:44 PM

    If the officials & the league would enforce the existing rules, this would be a non-issue.

  48. jerruhjones says: Mar 21, 2016 1:20 PM

    Another judgement call, just what the NFL needs.

  49. greeneblitz says: Mar 21, 2016 1:31 PM

    Good, its about time, enforce the rules or don’t have them at all.

  50. asparatame says: Mar 21, 2016 1:37 PM

    Someone good is going to be ejected for something ticky-tack like arguing a blown call (after an earlier personal foul), and someone else is going to go all ODB Jr. and stay in the game in the same week. When that happens, watch out. It will generate more stories and obvious opinions from sports writers everywhere.

    The only possible good outcome on this might be Stephen A. Smith’s head exploding on live television.

  51. nflgtcfl says: Mar 21, 2016 2:10 PM

    Good idea, get rid of the antics and bring respect to the game.

    Being a punk has nothing to do with good, solid, competitive old school football.

    I think the players around the league took note of the CIN fiasco. But people always go back to being complacent after a while.

    Ejecting a player, especially a star player will clean up the game and stop the non sense really quick.

    You are wrong if you think this will mean ejections every week. Teams/players will get the message. Then ejections are unnecessary.

  52. moun10mama says: Mar 21, 2016 4:06 PM

    does this also apply to all the “unsportsmanlike conduct”” celebration dances from the likes of Cam Newton and William Gay?

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