The National Football League is reportedly considering automatic ejections for targeting and I think it’s a TERRIBLE idea!
“I think it’s something that we have to consider,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, during a conference call Wednesday with reporters.
Troy, with all due respect, and I mean with all due respect, that is an incredibly stupid idea. In fact, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin getting it on. The NCAA has put this into their rule book and it has been an epic fail. There is no clear, obvious way on most of these hits that are called targeting in college football to even tell if it was an illegal hit.
For example, earlier this year when Ohio State played Rutgers, Denzel Ward was ejected for targeting and it was clearly not targeting. The almighty NCAA even admitted that they screwed up the call. We all know the NCAA never admits they did anything wrong, so this is a big deal. Here is a video of the hit he was ejected for:
He clearly didn’t target the receiver. Ward made a nice, clean, beautiful football play. Then, after being called for targeting we have to take a five minute, sometimes even longer, period of time to review the hit to see if it was targeting. To nobody’s surprise the referees usually make the wrong decision too. My guess the reason for that is because they don’t even know what the hell targeting is.
So, Jerry Jones or Roger Goodell, whichever one of you is the commissioner, please do not do this to us! It would just make your already unclear rules even more unclearer; or something like that. We already have no idea what a catch is, don’t make this something we have to discuss every Monday when a game was decided by a call.
Thanks in advance, Jerry!