After Golden Tate embarrassed himself by taunting Rams safety Rodney McLeod on his way to scoring an 80-yard touchdown in Week 8, Tate was flagged for taunting and the penalty was enforced on the ensuing kickoff. The NFL might change that slap on the wrist next year with the possibility a taunting penalty could negate a touchdown next season according to NFL's Dean Blandino via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk on Oct. 30:
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network that he thinks the Competition Committee will explore changing the NFL’s taunting rules to make them more similar to the taunting rules in the NCAA. In college football, if a player commits a taunting penalty on a touchdown, the touchdown is called back and the 15-yard penalty is enforced from the spot where the taunting began.
The league currently treats the penalty as a dead ball foul, but they might be looking to take it to another level. If the rule is adopted in the NFL off-season, the rule could dictate the outcome of a game.
The Seahawks beat the Rams 14-9 and if the Golden Tate’s touchdown would have been recalled, there could have been a different outcome in the game.
The NFL is often referred to as the “ No Fun League”, and this rule will only add to that notion. Although this rule is not certain to be implemented, it has received little to no support from the players and the media.
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