Roger Goodell needs to do the right thing and end these dumb taunting penalties
This is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning. We've been waiting all season for a horrible taunting call to affect the outcome of a NFL game and last night we sadly got just that as the Bears were victims of an embarrassingly bad call by a ref who has a lot of explaining to do. But you know who else should have some explaining to do? Roger Goodell.
Despite his own team bearing the brunt of one of this season’s most controversial taunting calls, Bears coach Matt Nagy agrees with the league’s emphasis on taunting.
Nagy said that he wouldn’t want young players to see taunting in the NFL and think it’s acceptable, and so he’s glad the NFL isn’t allowing it.
“People watch, and people want to see a little bit of respect and a little bit of doing things the right way,” Nagy said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but there’s young kids right now that are watching games, and what happens is you go to one of these sporting events and you might see some imitation going on that’s taking it over the top. I’m a firm believer in respect and just kids growing and watching and we have a huge platform as leaders. Players and coaches. Let’s understand what the rules are, let’d do it the right way. Let’s still have fun — these guys are still having fun and not taunting. You can still have a great time. But let’s stay within the rules as we do it.”
NFL Senior V.P. of officiating defends taunting penalty called on Bears’ Cassius Marsh
The league’s officiating department is standing by referee Tony Corrente’s controversial taunting call on Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh on Monday night. In a video released by the league’s officiating department, Senior V.P. of Officiating Perry Fewell said that the call against Marsh was correct, and the officials will continue to enforce the point of emphasis [more]In a video released by the league’s officiating department, Senior V.P. of Officiating Perry Fewell said that the call against Marsh was correct, and the officials will continue to enforce the point of emphasis against taunting.
Without mentioning Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh specifically, Nagy indicated that he as a coach accepts responsibility for Marsh not knowing he would be penalized for taking a few steps toward the Steelers’ sideline during the Bears’ loss to the Steelers.
“It’s our job to do it the right way,” Nagy said. “You’ve got to understand the rule. I need to do my job to teach that to the players so that they understand it, and understand these are the rules. We can’t change that.”
The NFL has been inconsistent and at some points downright ridiculous in its emphasis on taunting, but every coach needs to recognize that the rule isn’t going away, and tell his players not to do anything that might draw a penalty flag.
Matt Nagy on taunting: There’s young kids watching games, I’m a firm believer in respect originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
The Bear’s Den, December 4, 2021 .
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