The NFL’s new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials.
That has not been decided yet http://www.lionsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-tracy-walker-jersey , but Commissioner Roger Goodell and competition committee chairman Rich McKay made it clear Wednesday that video reviews probably will be part of the process.
”If we’re able to have replay confirm one of these fouls and also confirms a player be ejected,” Goodell said as the league meetings concluded, ”I think there is more confidence among the coaches it will be called accurately.”
After noting the unanimous approval of the new rule among coaches, Goodell said on-field officials felt the same way.
”We think that is appropriate to do and it would be the first time we use replay for safety or in respect to any kind of foul,” Goodell added.
Late Tuesday, the owners rewrote the rule on using the helmet, making it a 15-yard penalty for any player to lower his head to initiate any hit with the helmet. McKay called it ”a significant change,” noting that it was a ”technique too dangerous for the player doing it and the player being hit.”
While the offender could be disqualified, owners did not call for an automatic ejection on such a play – at least not yet. In college football Tony Conigliaro Boston Red Sox Jersey , when a player is penalized for targeting and a replay review affirms it, he is ejected.
Including replay will be discussed and very possibly implemented at the NFL’s May meetings in Atlanta, where another full agenda will include discussions of changes to the league’s national anthem policy; the potential sale of the Carolina Panthers; and awarding the 2019 and 2020 drafts to two of the five finalist cities.
Before then, Goodell stressed that the workings of the new helmet use rule will be made clear to the players, and there will be further discussions on the standards to go from disqualifying a player to fines and possibly suspensions.
”Our intent is to go to each team with tape and all the analysis work done (by the football operations, technology and medical staffs) and be able to present it to them,” Goodell said, adding it will be ”all hands on deck” in the educational process.
”We can take the head out, and we do want to make sure certain techniques are not used in our game. I am confident in the next few months (players) will understand it.”
Like the coaches Jerome Baker Color Rush Jersey , the owners were emphatically behind the change.
”We’ve done so much research and investigation on what creates the real concussive plays in the NFL,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said, ”and it became obvious that so many of the plays are through the lowering of the helmet and using the helmet as a weapon. I thought this (rule) was very important.”
Asked about the Rooney Rule and criticism of the Raiders in how they hired Jon Gruden as coach, Goodell said the league will look at it ”and see if we can improve it, absolutely.” Oakland was found to have not violated the rule that requires minority candidates to be interviewed for head coaching and executive positions.
-Goodell said any findings in the investigation of the behavior of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will be made public once the probe is concluded. There is no timetable for that.
Richardson has been accused of workplace misconduct and in December said he was selling the team.
The league hopes a buyer can be found in the next few weeks, vetted and then presented for approval at the May meetings.
-While there were discussions in Orlando about the NFL’s national anthem policy, Goodell said the focus was more on implementing social justice platforms in tandem with the players. Potential changes to that policy could come in May.
-Owners passed two more rules changes.
Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion.
In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play, New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point. The Vikings took a knee.
Of course http://www.packersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-oren-burks-jersey , bettors and fantasy players could have a stake in the PAT, but neither participating team did, particularly now that points scored or points differential is so low in any tiebreaking procedures.
The owners also approved closing an overtime loophole that could have been embarrassing had it ever occurred.
Now, if the team that gets the ball first scores a field goal, then the opponent loses possession by an interception or fumble on its first series, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding points scored by either team during the down.
Previously, the turnover ended the game regardless – even though the team getting the takeaway conceivably could itself turn over the ball on that play and see it returned for a score by the opponent.
A record performance from rookie Clayton Keller helped the Arizona Coyotes knock off one of the NHL’s top teams.
Keller set the Coyotes’ rookie goal mark with an empty-net score in Arizona’s 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. Keller’s goal was his 23rd, surpassing Peter Mueller’s total in the 2007-08 season. Keller also became the 22nd Coyote to reach 60 points in a season http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-vinny-curry-jersey , and Arizona improved to 17-12-6 since January.
”I think we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game and we kind of get up for that,” Keller said. ”We just want to come out and finish the year strong and hopefully bring something home for next year.”
The Coyotes got two goals from defensemen as Trevor Murphy and Jacob Chychrun each scored to help Arizona. Brendan Perlini also scored for the Coyotes, and Antti Raanta had 19 saves
Chychrun scored the winner on the power play at 17:22 of the second period as Arizona, which blew a two-goal lead on Saturday against Florida, held Tampa Bay to just 20 shots on goal.
”I was kind of hard on them in practice in the other day and they responded,” Arizona coach Rick Tocchet said. ”I liked the way we played tonight.”
The Lightning played without captain Steven Stamkos, who missed the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
Nikita Kucherov scored on the power play with 5:23 left for his 38th goal. Louis Domingue made 31 saves facing the team he started the season with as Tampa Bay has lost consecutive games for the second time in 10 days.
Since scoring seven goals against the New York Islanders on Thursday, the Lightning have two goals in two games.
”We can play better in the offensive zone than we have,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. ”We just have to get a little bit confidence factor of guys being able to make plays the way they can and execute the way they can. I think that’s one thing we were lacking tonight Courtland Sutton Color Rush Jersey , our execution was just a little off and obviously the guys were getting a little frustrated.”
Tampa Bay has been in first place in the Eastern Conference since Oct. 19 but is just two points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who have played two fewer games.
”We were definitely not as sharp offensively as we have been,” Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said. ”A big game for us trying to fight off Boston behind us and that’s not what we wanted.”
After a scoreless first period, Murphy fired a slap shot from the outside of the left circle that hit off the inside back post at 10:45 for his first career goal. Chychrun’s goal, on an open look from the slot with Domingue prone on the ice, made it 2-0.
Arizona increased the lead to 3-0 when Perlini was in the slot for a quick one-timer off a feed from Dylan Strome. The goal was originally waived off for goaltender interference but overturned on a challenge.
NOTES: Keller extended his scoring streak to nine games. … Tampa Bay RW Adam Erne left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. … Lightning D Slater Koekkoek was in the lineup for the first time since March 8. He was a healthy scratch in 11 of the previous 12 games. . Domingue had his personal four-game winning streak end.
Lightning: At Boston on Thursday night.
Coyotes: At Vegas on Wednesday night.