Competition Committee proposes major expansion to league office’s power to eject

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Last year, the NFL gave the league office something it never before had: The power to eject players during a game. This year, the Competition Committee has proposed a major expansion of that power.

Here’s the key language from the very bottom of the list of proposed rule changes: “By Competition Committee; to amend Rule 15, Section 1, Article 5 to allow League personnel to disqualify for both flagrant football and non-football acts.”

Currently, the league office may eject players only for flagrant non-football acts, such as incidents that occur after a play. The new proposal would allow the league office to eject players for flagrant violations of the playing rules, such as striking a defenseless player in the head or neck area or lowering the helmet and ramming an opponent.

It’s a very significant change, deftly tucked into the very bottom of the list of proposed rule changes, an oh-by-the-way suggestion from the Competition Committee following the various snowball’s-chance proposals from individual teams.

If adopted, the proposal could move the league much closer to the NCAA’s “targeting” formula, which results in periodic ejections for players who use their helmets in an unsafe way after a brief pause in the action to await the verdict on whether a player will be making an early trip to the showers.

There’s another potentially significant facet of the proposal: As summarized, it doesn’t limit the power to eject to situations in which a foul is called. Currently, the league office may eject for flagrant non-football acts only if the on-field officials penalize the conduct. It’s possible that the league office will soon have the power to eject for football and non-football acts, regardless of whether a flag was thrown.

20 responses to “Competition Committee proposes major expansion to league office’s power to eject

  1. I can see ejecting Vontaze Burfect for when he hit Antonio Brown in teh head in teh playoffs.

    But some (many / most) plays are bang bang. There should be a penalty, but I don’t like the ejection idea.
    Its too easy for someone to say “Ohh, player X got hit hard, better eject the guy who hit him” without looking at the play as a whole. Maybe the offensive player ducked into the hit (saw it coming and crouched down). I remember when Joe Flacco was running and tried to sit/slide when Kiko Alonso was just a few feet away. Alonzo hit him in the head, and got a PF (rightly so). I don’t think there should be an ejection when the QB timed it so that the defender running full speed towards him has a fraction of a second to avoid him. Thats not an ejection worthy play, though I would call a personal foul.

  2. God forbid that the people in charge should make rules…it is like they are being held responsible by players for thier safety.

  3. So, they are willing to keep opening that Pandora’s Box but refuse to consider actually using their video monitor to correct really badly missed calls in the moment. Might as well start using a Magic Eight ball while they are at it to determine stuff.

  4. By requesting this “power,” the league is openly admitting it has hired and put in place incompetent officials.
    Should the league make such a call in the absence of a flag, hopefully, the errant official will be gone.

  5. Great. Just great. Goodell has previously demonstrated his willingness to penalize teams based on personal whim when film proved players were following the rules. He’s also demonstrated his willingness to penalize one player while letting another off on the same infraction. The competition committee doesn’t want replay officials to ensure games are properly officiated but does want Goodell to be able to eject players willy nilly. I’m getting the feeling the NFL doesn’t go by the dictionary definition of integrity.

  6. Football would gain nothing by adding a rule like this. Just something else to make kids want to play another sport.

  7. We fans have got to show up to games this season, with signs that let the NFL know that we are sick, and tired of them changing the game each, and every season, with this stupid competition committee!

  8. It’s almost as if the league wants the players to walk-out again in 2020 when the current CBA expires! Geez, this season already is sowing the seeds of further discontent, so yeah, ejecting players upon the say of Big Brother, changing the rules even more to confuse the refs, players, and fans…yeah, sounds like a quality sporting experience!

  9. Non-football act.

    On the same day Gronk retires, we reminisce of his “Macho Man” Randy Savage impersonation, when he performed the “Bionic elbow” on Tre’Davious White.

    Non-football act.

  10. indiapalealeblog says:
    March 24, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    I can see ejecting Vontaze Burfect for when he hit Antonio Brown in teh head in teh playoffs.

    But some (many / most) plays are bang bang. There should be a penalty, but I don’t like the ejection idea.
    What? How was that not a bang bang play? You must be one of those Steeler hypocrites. LOL

  11. Why the NFL refuses to accept many of the NCAA’s policies is absurd. It’s like their ego’s are too big to admit the NCAA has been smarter than them. I’ve been a proponent of the targeting rule in college ball. Yes they need to teak it a little but I like it. It gives a defender something to think about before they consider doing it. Like the blows to the head on crossing routes that were intended. Their overtime rule is better too. And safer if the NFL really thought about it.

  12. The league has been fixing what ain’t broken (e.g. kickoffs), but they also do not fix what is obviously broken (e.g. no review on personal fouls or pass interference).

  13. if passed, this will become one of those rules that gets called in the preseason as a warning to the players; then used sparingly at the beginning of the season under the justification that the players ‘adjusted’ their style of play; and will never see the light of day during the playoffs.
    In other words. it is a big deal on paper that will have little or no impact during real games.

  14. How about just improving the officiating and not making the rules so convoluted that it takes a committee conference meeting to get something simple decided? Too many rule changes, too much confusion, it’s not that hard…unless you make it that way. NOBODY want to see the league office with it’s fingers in things more than they already are…their credibility sucks!

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