NFL Taunting

November 1, 2013 by  

NFL Taunting, In the future, taunting penalties may negate TDs like the one Golden Tate scored in Week 8. (USATSI) The Seahawks managed just 14 points against the Rams Monday night, both courtesy of Golden Tate touchdown receptions. The first was a garden-variety two-yard reception. The second was an 80-yarder that began with Tate out-jumping cornerback Janoris Jenkins for the ball and ended with the wide receiver pointing and gawking his way into the end zone with safety Rodney McLeod in pursuit.

This led Monday Night Football color commentator and former NFL coach Jon Gruden to observe, “I have no idea what Golden Tate is doing there.”

Tate was flagged for taunting, which was assessed on the kickoff. But in the future, such such penalties could negate touchdowns altogether.

NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said he’s “sure” the competition committee will look into instituting a rule similar to the NCAA’s. In college, a player flagged for taunting on a play that results in a touchdown nullifies the score — and it’s a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the foul.

“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,” Blandion said during an appearance one NFL Network (via

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