Referees Want NFL To Eliminate Celebration Penalties
I never knew that there could be anything that NFL fans, players, and refs could all collectively agree on, but I guess there is a first time for everything.
It seems that all three groups want to eliminate celebration penalties, something they feel the league is too concerned on.
Scott Green, the head of the NFL Referees Association, sat down to talk with SiriusXM NFL Radio to talk about the situation.
Green spoke about how he feels the league is making it difficult for the on-field officials to decide whether or not a celebration crosses the line and warrants a penalty.
Green commented that the officials would prefer eliminate penalties all together and instead, enforces fines for celebrations that warrant them.
"Nothing is worse than someone going 80 yards for a touchdown and then we're trying to figure out does that warrant a flag for what he's doing in the end zone."
"We don't really enjoy that. If we could get to a point where it would simply be fines by the league, that would be great. The issue we'll still have is that guys can get pretty creative out there. The question of whether it's a foul or not a foul, hopefully we'll get closer to more of a black-and-white situation."
Unfortunately, as Mike Florio of NBC Sports has reported, the NFL doesn't seem to be going in this direction anytime soon.
They are considering enforcing celebration penalties with on-field penalties, but no fines.
Florio commented on what this means for the players,
"As a practical matter, this approach shifts the focus to the teams, and it gives the teams an even greater incentive to insist on compliance and accountability."
"With the league no longer punishing the player who celebrates in a manner that draws a flag, maybe the coach will be more willing to do so himself."
Hopefully everyone can eventually come to an agreement, or who knows what this may mean for the season this year.
If I were the NFL, and fans, referees, and players all agreed on something, I would be pretty privy to listen to them.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer on-field penalties or fines? Let us know in the comments.