NFL fans haven’t shied away from showing their displeasure regarding the league’s crackdown on taunting. Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera, however, seems to be on board with the new rules.
Rivera, a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee, shared his thoughts on the new taunting penalties during a press conference on Wednesday. He ultimately believes taunting is a bad look for the players and the league.
“We really don’t because it is not a good look,” Rivera said, via ProFootballTalk. “Quite honestly, we don’t need the young people to see that. We don’t need the pop warner, peewee football kids seeing us act like that. We want to put it out there as professionally as possible.”
With the new rules officially in place, Rivera wants his players to avoid taunting their opponents after a big play is made.
“If you make a great play, great. Be excited, but don’t do it towards your opponent. That’s all we’re asking. That’s what the rule is for. Cause what we don’t want is an escalation of some things that have happened in the past. I think last year, two teams got into it where wide receivers and DB’s were going at each other. A year ago we have one where two teams are going at each other. I mean, you don’t want to see that situation.”
Ron Rivera, who is on the Competition Committee, was asked about the NFL's emphasis on enforcing taunting penalties. "[Taunting] is not a good look, and quite honestly we don't need the young people seeing that. … We want to put it out there as professionally as possible." pic.twitter.com/BRJAvETjOC
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Not everyone is going to agree with Rivera’s recent comments. In fact, they’ll probably call him out for comparing NFL athletes to peewee football players.
Rivera isn’t the first person to defend the NFL’s recent rules. On Tuesday, New York Giants owner John Mara said “We get kind of sick and tired of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field.”
It’s going to be very interesting to see how these new rules affect the game.