Jim Harbaugh’s temper tantrum during the NFC Championship game was shocking, memorable and, yes–funny. Unfortunately, the NFL wasn’t laughing.
The NFL season will come with stricter enforcement of the rule which makes it a penalty for coaches to come onto the field. In the heat of passion coaches will jump, scream, cuss and charge out onto the field–usually in anger. While it is against the rule to do, coaches are rarely if ever penalized for what the NFL considers threatening:
“We need to be much more disciplined about where our coaches go in terms of the box,” said Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, “and venturing out on the field beyond traditional markers is something that is just not appropriate. It can interfere and it can be viewed as intimidating, and we really are going to rein that in.”
Going forward the NFL will focus on enforcing the “Harbaugh Rule” – at least that’s what we’re calling it. Penalties against the team and even fines will be assessed after fair warnings.
So stay in your lane coaches!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,