It may be tougher than ever to be a head coach in the NFL these days. Now, it appears these fearless team leaders will have one less outlet for their stress. The NFL is planning to crack down on their tantrums. As YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans have noticed, the league is generally fairly tolerant when coaches get excited and want to yell at officials. It is possible to get a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, but it doesn’t happen with the frequency that sportsbook bettors see in other sports, like the NBA, or Major League Baseball, where a manager can be thrown out of a game.
However, all of this going to change. Ray Anderson, executive V.P. of football operations for the NFL, told a YouWager news source that the National Football League is ready to lay down the law. Too many upset NFL head coaches have been leading the sidelines and coming out on the field to scream at the refs. If this doesn’t stop, Anderson says, rather than just contesting calls and penalties, they may get their own penalty flags.
Anderson told YouWager’s source, “We need to be much more disciplined about where our coaches go in terms of the box, 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.”
The NFL, Anderson said, has given the coaches some room to display their anxieties, but that’s not going to happen anymore. There will be limits.“There are borders, but, very frankly, they’re loosely enforced. But they will be more aggressively enforced going forward because we need to rein it in.”
What kind of penalty can an upset coach count on for coming out on the field for a god rant? The standard will likely be a 15-yard penalty.
While no one in the NFL will call this the ‘Jim Harbaugh Rule,’ as YouWager’s serious NFL bettors will attest, the man frightens people with his outbursts. Fans are concerned. The man has a heart condition. It’s obvious to the online betting community that the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers could be the poster child for type of the bad boy behavior the NFL wishes to curtail.
YouWager bettors will remember seeing Jim Harbaugh getting in someone’s face a few times in the 2012 NFL football betting season, especially in the playoffs. In the upcoming season, apparently, the NFL will attempt to put a stop to such displays of emotion. “Discipline” is the key word that league officials are using to sell the message.
NFL VP Anderson told YouWager’s source, “Coaches can be flagged. 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 their team.”
Repeat offenders, Anderson said, can expect tougher treatment. “They can be fined. No question,” he said.