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10-20-2010, 11:25 PM
Roger Goodell: Coaches will be liable if players violate NFL's new policy on violent hits

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell warned teams on Wednesday that he will hold coaches accountable for ensuring their players comply with rules that prohibit illegal hits to players' head and neck areas.

Goodell issued a memo to all 32 clubs outlining the league's increased discipline for players who violate those rules, which include the possibility of suspensions even for first-time offenders.

"Coaches are expected to teach playing within the rules," Goodell told teams in a memo. "Failure to do so will subject both the coach and the employing club to discipline."

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The new emphasis on increased discipline has come under heavy criticism from players across the league who said the NFL is handcuffing their aggressiveness. After the league fined three players (James Harrison, Dunta Robinson and Brandon Meriweather) a total of $175,000 on Tuesday for illegal hits last weekend, many players argued the league was unfairly punishing players. (Although there has been little complaint about the $50,000 fine levied to Meriweather.)

Goodell sent a video that he mandated teams show to players that he said illustrates illegal hits and legal hits that rely on techniques players embrace.

"You can play a hard, physical game within the rules," Goodell told players.

Harrison was excused from Steelers practice on Wednesday after he questioned whether he might retire because he was so angry with what he felt was an unjust $75,000 fine levied on him.

-- Sean Leahy

10-22-2010, 01:28 PM
Next Gooodell will draw stick people with crayon.

So the coaches are liable? How exactly is a coach responsible for a player making the tackle? This clown is out of control, and now he has one of the top owners mouthing off at him.

10-22-2010, 08:48 PM
I suspect that this is all a ruse to make Tomlin pay a fine...