A few new administrative rule changes are going into effect in 2017, and like most of what the NFL tries, some are good and some are bad.
First the bad rule change, and the one where many of you will disagree with me: The NFL is relaxing its touchdown celebration rules. Snow angels, using the ball as a prop in a celebration dance, and group celebrations, for example, are all now allowed.
So why is this bad? It all lacks professionalism.
When you do something well at work and accomplish a weekly goal, do you hug your laptop? Do you get together with your team and dance? No, of course not, you are a professional doing your job. THAT’s what the NFL needs to instill in their players. You’re not an 19-year-old kid in college anymore. You are a professional, and you’re held to a higher standard.
Most people argue that watching the TD celebrations is entertaining, but I must disagree. It’s embarrassing.
Watching grown men gyrate is not entertaining. Watching Jarvis Landry jump onto a goal post and hump it? Disgusting. Watching a group of adults huddle together in the end zone to perform a rehearsed, orchestrated and choreographed dance routine? No, thank you. I have always preferred to see the scorer simply hand the ball to the ref. “Act like you’ve been there before” instead of acting like a fool. It’s far more professional.
Even when you DO celebrate something, do you act like such a tool like a lot of NFL players? Probably not. Nothing wrong with an emphatic high-five or a chest bump. But to form a dance troupe with your buddies? Do you twerk with other men? And then to have NFL fans actually WANT to see that? I do not get it.
The worst part of all is that the NFL is now allowing this nonsense for non-TDs. Make a tackle? Get up and dance. Push a guy out of bounds? Spike the ball. Gain 2 yards on a rushing play? Go ahead and do a back flip. Where does it end? This culture of wanting recognition and celebrations for doing your job has to end.
Now onto the good rule change. Teams will now be allowed to bring back two players from the injured reserve. So when Mike Pouncey and Reshad Jones get hurt in Week 2, they will no longer be automatically out for the year. This is a very overdue rule change, and a very fair one.
If someone is hurt in September, you have the right to say, “He may be ready to play again in December, but we’re not sure.” Now you can finally say that and have the ability to bring him back if he is healthy. In the past, it was either I.R. him for the entire season, who keep him on the active roster, even though you know he can’t play. Neither of those made any sense.