Recently, NFL cleared the air concerning what will constitute a catch, but before the dust settled another rule has now ignited a hot debate. Outlawing the use of a helmet as weapon is a noble idea, but its more of a gray area especially in the coming days when full-speed games begin. NFL players are yet to hear the full discussion that everyone is talking about, this is according to Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) when speaking after completing the league's annual meeting. He acknowledged that there is more work to be done concerning the well-intentioned rule. As we digest this debate, Titans
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The league intends to make this rule as the first penalty and to fall under those instant replay reviews. However, standard must be established to help decide the infractions that are near 15-yard penalties, which calls for ejections, suspension and fines. Helmet rule needs to be discussed well with players for its intention to succeed. Goodell has revealed that league officials are expected to begin a campaign that will include visiting all 32 teams within the 90 days. This could be the reason why there was a delay in tabling that issue by the competition committee until the work related to this rule has been resolved. The clarity is required concerning this so called "Dez Bryant Rule".
It doesn't matter how hard Goodell tries, confusion reigns in the NFL. Owners have not shown any effort to reiterate or revise policy after the protests by African-American player during the national anthem. However, a few owners who support social initiatives led by the coalition of players have already engaged in a healthy discussion concerning the protests. While dismissing a perception surrounding the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid who took part in knee protest and have lost their jobs, Goodell said all 32 teams have individual decisions concerning their players. Some of the teams' owners have categorized the peaceful protests as unnecessary political statements that are meant to tarnish the game.
Also, there is another issue involving Jerry Richardson (Carolina Panthers
owner) who's currently under investigation following accusations of workplace violations. These allegations are said to be of racial and sexual nature and they are coming at the time when he's planning to sell the team in excess of $2 billion. Goodell mentioned that the findings of this investigation will be known soon as the inquiry is concluded. Everyone is expecting that there will be transparency, which will promote the league's credibility. NFL has great policies on matters concerning, gender sensitivity, workplace ethics and racial equality, although many question its clarity when it comes to its actions.
If you can remember about the Rooney Rule, and the way it was applied to the case of Okland Raiders
during the signing of Jon Gruden. Everyone could see that Raiders had violated the rule by holding interview with the minority candidates while Mark Davis had already reached an agreement with Gruden to return. The league did not find any violation. This has created a confusion since the rule was not followed. The same can be said about old catch rule, where Al Riveron (NFL officiating director) struggled to convince people about the new catch rule.