NFL Competition Committee Reportedly Considering 2 Categories of Personal Fouls

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has proposed a new rule for the 2016 season that would result in ejections for players who committed two personal fouls in a game, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The league would need to modify which penalties constituted personal fouls, however, which the Competition Committee is currently trying to address, per Florio:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Competition Committee currently is looking at two possible categories of fouls that would trigger an ejection for two violations in the same game. The first category would consist of verbal abuse, taunting, and throwing a punch or a kick. The second category would be broader, with hits on defenseless players, impermissible use of the helmet, crown-of-helmet violations, roughing the passer, late hits, striking, kneeing, and kicking.

In February, New York Giants president John Mara spoke about the importance for determining exactly which penalties would lead to ejections if committed more than once.

"What we want to avoid is a situation where a guy grabs a facemask and that's the second personal foul and he gets ejected," Mara told Judy Battista of "Or if he is going to block a pass and he hits the quarterback's head, and that's the second personal foul. It gets to be a very tricky discussion, and I don't think we're close to a resolution."

In essence, the league will need to change the categorization of penalties that were personal fouls in the past but aren't deemed worthy of an ejection if committed more than once going forward. Based on the penalties Florio mentioned, it seems the league will attempt to be discouraging both dangerous play and unsportsmanlike conduct with their categories of personal fouls. 

The owners will ultimately vote on whatever proposal the Competition Committee brings to the table at the league meetings later in March. 


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