National Football League will consider college-style targeting rule for next season

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

In what could be a monumental change in NFL rules, VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent just indicated that the league is considering implementing a targeting rule that has been a major point of contention in the college football world for some time now.

"We don't want to be in the business of ejecting players", Vincent said. With the college rule, all helmet-to-helmet hits will be reviewable, and it could significantly cut down on the number of hits we see per year where the helmet is used as a weapon. "It's clean. It is a deterrent".

Then on Monday night, there were two hits - one by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and another by Bengals safety George Iloka on Steelers receiver Antonio Brown - that were the exact type of plays the league would be aiming to avoid under a targeting rule.

Vincent's comments came during a week in which the National Football League issued three suspensions, one of which was overturned on appeal, for on-field behavior by players during games.

Vincent also notes that coaches, general managers, owners and players are adamant about not wanting players ejected from games unless there is no other option.

"I think it's working".

Competition committee members have said in the past that they were hesitant to move to a college-like targeting rule because they have been reluctant to subject judgment calls by the game officials to replay review. "It is on our agenda to be discussed beginning in February", Vincent said.

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