The NFL is considering changing the current targeting rule this offseason.
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.
And apparently, change might be coming this offseason.
The NFL is reportedly considering a “college-style targeting rule,” where hits will be reviewable and an ejection will be mandatory if the hit is deemed egregious.
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NFL's Troy Vincent says league's competition committee will consider a college-style targeting rule, with ejections subject to replay review, in offseason.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) December 6, 2017
Currently in the NFL, an ejection is up to the discretion of the referees, leaving too much up to interpretation. With the college rule, all helmet-to-helmet hits will be reviewable, and it could significantly cut down on the number of hits we see per year where the helmet is used as a weapon. Getting a 15-yard penalty and/or a fine is one thing, but a player getting ejected mid-game is completely different and could be enough to deter these types of hits.