October 20, 2010 by staff
James Harrison, The new emphasis on increased discipline was the subject of severe criticism from players around the league who said the NFL is handcuffing their aggressiveness. After the league finds three players (James Harrison, Brandon Meriweather and Dunt Robinson) and a total of 175,000 on Tuesday for illegal visits last weekend, many players have claimed the league was unfairly punishing players. (Although there were few complaints about the fine levied Meriweather and 50,000.)
Goodell sent a video he instructed players to show teams what he said illustrates illegal hits and hits legal techniques that rely on players embrace.
“You can play a tough, physical game in the rules,” Goodell said players.
Harrison was released from the Steelers practice on Wednesday after asking if he might retire because he was so angry against what he sees as an injustice and 75,000 fine imposed on him.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell warned Wednesday that the teams would hold coaches responsible for ensuring their players comply with rules prohibiting illegal hits to the head and neck of the players.
Goodell sent a memo to all 32 clubs describing strengthening discipline in the league for players who violate these rules, which include the possibility of suspension, even for first offenders.
“Coaches are expected to teach to play in the rules,” Goodell said in a note teams. “Do not do it will be subject to both the coach and the club-employer discipline.”
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