Anyone who tuned in for the Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams most likely saw the despicable act in which wide receiver Golden Tate taunted the Rams’ secondary on his way in for a score. The NFL does not tolerate taunting, which is why there might be a rule change in the offseason that would take away a touchdown (if score occurs during the act of taunting) for players showboating.
Dean Blandino, who is the head of officiating for the NFL, said that the league’s Competition Committee would seriously consider a possible change to the rule.
“A lot of people felt that the touchdown shouldn’t have counted [but] a taunting foul is always treated as a dead-ball foul, meaning whatever happened during the play counts, and the foul is enforced on the next play, which would be the kickoff,” Blandino said, according to Pro Football Talk. “In college, this action would take back the touchdown. Tate started taunting at the 25-yard line. The college rule, that’s enforced at the spot of the foul, so they’d go from a touchdown to first-and-10 at the 40, which would be a gigantic penalty. The NFL rule, it’s a dead-ball foul, it’s enforced on the kickoff. But I’m sure that’s something that the Competition Committee will look at in the offseason.”
Personally, I would love to see a touchdown be taken away for taunting. It is one thing for a player to interact with teammates after crossing the goal line. I think celebration should be a huge part of the game, especially when it is what fans want to see. It was always fun to see how Terrell Owens or Chad Ochocino chose to celebrate a touchdown.
With that being said, I certainly do not approve of Owens standing on top of the Dallas Cowboys’ star on the 50-yard line. That is clearly taunting and should not be tolerated.
It will be interesting to see if the NFL Competition Committee decides to go through with a tweaking of the rules.