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NuNu318 02-21-2013 02:51 PM

NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
By Clark Judge | Senior NFL Columnist
February 20, 2013 6:56 pm ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL won't call it the Jim Harbaugh Rule, but it might as well. The San Francisco head coach is one of those the league's competition committee has in mind when it took action to keep coaches from wandering onto the field.

Harbaugh was on the field more than once during the playoffs, and the NFL wants that to stop -- making sure coaches understand that's where players, not coaches, belong. So it will make sideline discipline a point of emphasis this year, with coaches warned that they can and will be flagged if they don't comply.

"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."

Coaches already are discouraged from charging onto the field, but while they are supposed to be limited by defined parameters -- all on the sidelines -- they are rarely penalized if they don't adhere to them, as Harbaugh did during the playoffs.

That doesn't mean he was the only one, but the NFL has had enough and decided the rule needs to be re-emphasized -- only this time with a stern warning.

"There are borders," said Anderson, "but, very frankly, they're loosely enforced. But they will be more aggressively enforced going forward because we need to rein it in."

Meaning?

"Coaches can be flagged," he said. "It's about enforcement and point of emphasis. So coaches who, after appropriate warning, continue to venture out will pay the price with a penalty that potentially could hurt heir team."

And if they're repeat offenders?

"They can be fined," said Anderson. "No question."

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st thomas 02-21-2013 03:08 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
Oh oh this could be rough on payton.

Supertek 02-21-2013 03:24 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
Don't think this will be much of a problem for Payton

Danno 02-21-2013 03:33 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
I think Jimmy Graham sent that message loud and clear a couple years ago.

NuNu318 02-21-2013 03:38 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
Its only going to effect the guys like Jim Harbaugh who throw tantrums after every single call thats made against them. Jim will run refs down and i remember at one point he threw such a fit he even got one of the calls reversed.

I see why their doing it though. Its so the refs wont second guess themselves or feel intimidated.

I've seen Payton cuss refs out but he seems to always call them to him instead of blatantly running on the field and making a scene like Jim Harbaugh does.

papz 02-21-2013 03:50 PM

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http://www.sportsgrid.com/wp-content.../137029054.jpg

"THIS IS $@%$% *& @$%#$^^&!!!!!!"

SmashMouth 02-21-2013 04:27 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
Awesome.... too bad this rule was not around for Bobby Knight when he was coaching.

jnormand 02-21-2013 04:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 481120)
Awesome.... too bad this rule was not around for Bobby Knight when he was coaching.

Wasn't Bobby Knight a basketball coach? Hoosiers? I apologize if I'm completely wrong here.

jnormand 02-21-2013 04:36 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
And frankly, I like this rule. Coaches like Harbaugh annoy the **** out of me. Every call has to be a big dramatic deal. It pisses me off.

Danno 02-21-2013 04:45 PM

Re: NFL to head coaches: Stay where you belong ... on the sidelines
 
Much like Politics, if it works keep screaming and yelling like a big fat spoiled f'ing brat!

When it stops working, they'll stop doing it.


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