Before making a decision on how NFL officials should handle celebration penalties moving forward, Roger Goodell plans to pump the league's players for information.
Only two pumps, please, commissioner.
While NFL owners approved a slew of rule changes for 2017 on Tuesday, Goodell said he asked the competition committee to table discussion of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties being handed out for celebrations.
"I'd like to meet with a group of players to try to get more input from them," Goodell told reporters, via ESPN. "We also wanted to do a little more work on just bringing clarity to the rule while allowing players more ability to express themselves and celebrate. We want to see that. We obviously want to put [in] any reasonable safeguards against taunting and acts that we think reflect poorly on all of us."
Officials threw the flag on celebration penalties 30 times in 2016, ESPN notes, 10 more than the previous season. The onslaught brought back the age-old "No Fun League" moniker, but the most important aspect of the debate from the players' perspective is knowing where the line is.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has been one of the more vocal proponents of clarity on the issue, particularly after he was flagged multiple times early last season for celebratory pelvic thrusts.
Brown said that if he minimized his pumps to two that he wouldn't get fined. My goodness, I just typed that— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) October 7, 2016
Whatever Goodell comes up with after his discussions, celebration penalties figure to remain a judgment call for game officials on a case-by-case basis. But who knows — maybe the two-pump rule will actually become a thing.