Report: NFL satisfied that nine of 11 taunting penalties were correct calls

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The NFL has no immediate plans to modify enforcement of taunting. The coaches subcommittee wanted taunting as a point of emphasis this season. The Competition Committee agreed. Officials now are enforcing it.

Officials have thrown 11 flags for taunting in two weeks, the same number of taunting fouls called in the entire 2020 season.

Mike Jones of USA Today reports that a review by the league found only two of the penalties failed to meet the league’s criteria for taunting. Jones’ source would not reveal which two fouls were incorrect.

Two possibilities are: 1. Texans tight end Jordan Akins was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for spinning the ball after a first down catch. Other players in other games did not receive penalties for the same gesture. 2. Chargers receiver Keenan Allen took exception to Bradlee Anae‘s hit to Allen’s earhole, and Allen received a taunting penalty.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Washington coach Ron Rivera, both of whom are on the Competition Committee, are among those who this week defended the move to make taunting a point of emphasis.

13 responses to “Report: NFL satisfied that nine of 11 taunting penalties were correct calls

  1. Where was the flag week 1 on Tyreek Hill for the deuces? First your coach gets our secondary depleted with a shove so you can out gas them in the 4th quarter and then no flag on top of it?

  2. Mike Edward’s catches the ball and turns around and ran backwards for a few moments and they called taunting on him. Got flag tyreke hill every time he does the deuces thing especially if itbis during the actual play. No fun league.

  3. The players will get used to it. Brings some much needed discipline to a game being dominated by divas and prima donnas in recent years.

  4. Yes, please get all the emotion and passion out of the game, make the games longer with more commercial breaks and keep lengthening the season.

  5. Bengals benefited from some debatable taunting calls last week. It kept them in the game.

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    Huh? There was only one called on Chicago and the guy was standing over a downed receiver clapping in his face, textbook definition of taunting

  6. Being correct only 82% of the time should be completely unacceptable for a professional. I’m not surprised that the NFL is perfectly pleased with it.

  7. dino2997 says:
    September 23, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Bengals benefited from some debatable taunting calls last week. It kept them in the game.

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    Pfffff. Apparently you didn’t see the one called on Vonn Bell after a play that would have resulted in a 3rd and 15 from the Bears own 10. I believe that was the drive that resulted in The Bears’ first score.

  8. If only there was a penalty for over the top taunting or celebrations…wait…could it…is th?…Yep, unsportsmanlike conduct.

    This rule is ridiculous.

  9. I love it. Anything closely resembling unsportsmanlike conduct should be dealt with harshly. Make the NFL great again!

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