NFL to look at video reviews for targeting
NEW YORK — The NFL will look into adding targeting as a specific category for video review.
Troy Vincent, the league’s football operations chief, says it is on the agenda to discuss with the competition committee and the players’ union after the season.
In responding to questions about helmet-to-helmet hits and players launching to make tackles, Vincent said Wednesday that the NFL has seen targeting reviews “work to a degree” in the college game.
“I think it is something that we have to consider,” Vincent said. “We’ve seen that it has worked to a certain degree, it’s clean. … We think there have been some positives and we have talked to some of the conferences and the officials there, as well as with some student-athletes. It is a deterrent and something that we will consider; it is one of our agenda items to discuss during the offseason as we speak to the coaches and the competition committee.
“It needs to be discussed because there are a lot of other ramifications that come along with that. It is on our agenda to be discussed beginning in February.”
Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap wants no part of the college’s targeting ejection system.
“I don’t want to do all that. I think they go overboard in college with the ejections,” he said. “You know some of them are football plays. If a kid gets ejected for that, I don’t think that’s right. But they don’t have fines in college, so I don’t know how you handle that one.”
Vincent also noted that coaches, general managers, owners and players are adamant about not wanting players ejected from games unless there is no other option.
“We don’t want to be in the business of ejecting players,” Vincent said. “There are only 17 weeks and the philosophy is, if it gets out of control, we ask the referees to maintain control of the game, give them that flexibility. They have that flexibility, but we really emphasize let the players play, but if things begin to get out of control, you must maintain control of the game during that window.”