Taunting rule could be enhanced; Is the NFL getting too politically correct?
The NFL has long had a reputation for being the 'No Fun League.' The NFL has cracked down on celebrating big plays in recent years. Celebrating a touchdown is now a penalty. And the league could go even further in the next few months.
League officials say the league will examine the taunting rule. A possible change would be a move to the same rule in college football, which takes away touchdowns for taunting. But, former Houston Texans General Manager Charley Casserly told KTRH he wouldn't change a thing.
“The NFL has a good rule. I wouldn’t be in favor of taking away touchdowns. It’s too much of a judgment call,” Casserly said.
Casserly says a change could impact the outcome of the game, and that the league should leave well enough alone.
“It’s a penalty. It’s a fine. It’s not a major problem for the NFL,” Casserly stated.
But not everyone agrees with Casserly. Former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini, who played in an era when celebrations were allowed and encouraged, told KTRH what's happening today is much different than what happened then
“We respected our competition. It wasn’t as outlandish as it is today,” Pastorini said.
Pastorini says something needs to be done.
“We have a problem in our society. We don’t have respect for each other . This tainting, I’ve never been a big fan of it,” Pastorini explained.
If the change occurs, it wouldn’t be made until the off-season.