NFL considering 'targeting rule' similar to one in college football

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, Vincent said the NFL will consider adding a "targeting" rule that is similar to the one that has sparked seemingly endless amounts of controversy at the college football level, as well as a punishment schedule for "non-football acts" such as the late hit that resulted in New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski being handed a one-game suspension.

Troy Vincent, the league's football operations chief, says it is on the agenda to discuss with the competition committee and the players' union after the season.

"I just think there is a better way than bringing that rule into [the league]", Wagner said.

After Monday night's game between the Bengals and the Steelers that featured several punishing, terrifying hits, it's clear something has to change in regards to the NFL's current targeting rule.

Bengals safety George Iloka was initially suspended one game for a hit on Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the same game, but the penalty was reduced to a suspension on appeal.

Before this season, the competition committee issued a directive that a player should be ejected from a game by officials or suspended by the league for the most egregious and flagrant illegal hits, even for a first offense by that player. "I would rather that rule stay in the colleges then come up here and start messing up our game".

"We don't want to be in the business of ejecting players", Vincent said (via Barry Wilner of the Associated Press). It is a deterrent and it's something that we will consider.