Staying off field has become “major point of emphasis”

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Earlier today, during a visit with my friend (partially sarcastic, partially not) Nick Wright of FS1 as he guest-hosted The Herd, Wright asked whether other quarterbacks would have drawn the same flag thrown last night on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for prematurely entering the field of play in celebration of a 94-yard interception return for a touchdown by Carolina linebacker A.J. Klein.

The easy (and correct) answer is yes, especially in light of the renewed emphasis on keeping off the field people who shouldn’t be on the field. The impetus came in the playoffs, when Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was on the field at a time when he shouldn’t have been, baiting Bengals cornerback Adam Jones into a foul that helped seal a Pittsburgh victory.

Per a league source, officials visiting teams in advance of the 2016 season have made it clear that flags will be thrown when any coach or player is on the field at a time he shouldn’t be. As the source put it, the warnings have become “excessive.”

With the first batch of games happening on Thursday night, Newton entered the field when he shouldn’t have, and he drew a flag.

As mentioned previously, none of it matters because it happened in the preseason. Moving forward, no one can say they didn’t know about the importance of staying off the field.

Still, with the onus on the players to stay off the field, the onus likewise will be on the officials to throw a flag when violations occur. There were last night; they need to be whenever it happens in the future.

18 responses to “Staying off field has become “major point of emphasis”

  1. “The easy (and correct) answer is yes, especially in light of the renewed emphasis on keeping off the field people who shouldn’t be on the field. “.

    Known as the Mike Tomlin rule.

  2. correct me if I’m wrong but this is a different situation. I didn’t watch the game so not sure what they called but Newton’s a player, they should’ve been called for too many men on the field. (a penalty which is also reviewable I believe). Porter’s was a dead ball foul.

    these aren’t the same thing at all.

  3. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Aug 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    correct me if I’m wrong but this is a different situation. I didn’t watch the game so not sure what they called but Newton’s a player, they should’ve been called for too many men on the field. (a penalty which is also reviewable I believe). Porter’s was a dead ball foul.

    these aren’t the same thing at all.

    ——————————————-

    Actually they can be the same thing. Difference is a live ball foul cancels the ongoing action (resulting in the loss of a TD in this case). A dead ball foul is enforced from a dead ball spot, with any score, turnover, or first down gained standing.

  4. For example, unsportmanlike conduct can be both a live and a dead ball penalty.

  5. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Aug 12, 2016 1:47 PM
    correct me if I’m wrong but this is a different situation. I didn’t watch the game so not sure what they called but Newton’s a player, they should’ve been called for too many men on the field. (a penalty which is also reviewable I believe). Porter’s was a dead ball foul.

    =——-=

    Too many men on the field is usually called at the snap, I’m sure I’ve never seen it occur when an extra man ran onto the field during the play! Not sure how that should be called.

  6. Better now than during a game that counts.
    Perfect opportunity to say we mean it when you flag the reigning MVP.

    Bad people/decisions mean we end up making rules that affect good or innocent people.

    Evil people in 2001 are why millions of non terrorists get screened and take off their shoes every day.

    Cam was loving seeing one of his teammates make a great play and he was not interfering or changing the outcome of the play, but a rule is a rule.

    KEEP POUNDING!!

  7. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Aug 12, 2016 1:47 PM

    correct me if I’m wrong but this is a different situation. I didn’t watch the game so not sure what they called but Newton’s a player, they should’ve been called for too many men on the field. (a penalty which is also reviewable I believe). Porter’s was a dead ball foul.
    +++++++++++++++++
    The call on Cam was illegal substitution. I haven’t seen a good replay angle to see just how far onto the field he interjected himself. I do know that the return was down the Ravens’ sideline so Cam was on the opposite side of the field – not that it matters, but just to give some perspective of the call.

    Oh, I’m a Panthers fan, but agree with the spirit of the rule and that it should be called if there is a violation. Still, you’d love Cam if he was your guy – no doubt about that.

  8. Anyone see the pic of Newt in his new outfit? Geez, he should be flagged if he gets within 200 yards of a school or public playground. Makes Michael Jackson look like a staid suburban dad.

  9. If they don’t call it consistently and every time, that could be a problem because, you know, someone will accuse the officials of “favoritism.” Are they’re going to have to have sideline cameras to make sure they catch it every time? Will they call it on a decisive play in the Super Bowl?

  10. I have no problem with Cam’s exuberance as long as it’s channeled properly. In this case it wasn’t. Fortunately it didn’t cost us anything – Derek Anderson threw a TD pass to Devin Funchess a few plays later – and of course it was in a practice game. No big deal as long as Cam stays on the sidelines next time a Panther defender makes a pick-six.

    Now on to more important matters – such as whether or not we have any backups that are worth a crap………

  11. “Porter’s was a dead ball foul”

    No, that was a Pacman’s deadball foul.
    Cool story though.

  12. Wait…. You mean Scam actually was flagged for going onto the field to Celebrate? This is LONG overdue as they looked like the “Fun Bunch” of the 1980’s, with their Group celebrations ON THE FIELD last year. Now if we could just see Scam rolling around, crying on the field when he doesn’t get his way that would be WONDERFUL. That should draw a flag too

  13. Can you see the inconsistency of these officials calling this new rule. Is interesting that they call out Porter for being on the field when actually both teams coaches and players were all over the field. The penalty was on Pacman losing his cool and going after an official.

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