NFL tells teams to stop faking the funk

 

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons defensive end John Abraham (not pictured) as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) hits Vick. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) fumbles the ball, stripped by Falcons defensive end John Abraham (not pictured) as linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) hits Vick. Jason Getz / jgetz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The NFL has sent a memo to all 32 teams to advise them not to fake injuries when teams are running their no-huddle offenses.

“The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries, with subsequent withdrawal, to obtain a timeout without penalty,” the memo stated. “Coaches are urged to cooperate in discouraging this practice.”

During the Falcons’ two 80-yard touchdown drives late in their 35-31 victory over  the Eagles, they did not fake any injuries to slow them down.

On Monday, the Giants had some questionable and timely injuries to slow down St. Louis.

As a result, Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday the team will file a complaint with the NFL office.

The Falcons are not anticipating that teams will try to slow them down by faking injuries.

“We can’t control that,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. “We can just control what we do and that will remain our focus.”

Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris addressed the “strategy.”

“I don’t coach the Giants,” Morris said. “I coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but [it was] great coaching technique by whomever. We are just trying to win football games.”

The league noted in the memo that teams will be subjected to disciplinary action for “conduct detrimental to the game” for faking injuries.

“Discipline could include fines of coaches, players, and clubs, suspensions or forfeiture of draft choices,” the memo read.

Defenses are feeling desperate around the league because they feel the rules have been tilted in favor of offenses under of the guise of player safety. There have been 172 touchdowns scored, the most ever in the first two weeks of an NFL season.

“I believe that there are going to be a lot of points scored in the league,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “So far, through the first two weeks, it sure seems like that’s the trend. Defenses are going to have to try to figure out ways to slow people down.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Sausage King of Chicago

September 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

Ouch, just got a paper cut…

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Sausage King of Chicago

September 21st, 2011
3:34 pm

Those two NY Giants players looked like extras in a James Bond film who get hit with sleeping gas.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
3:39 pm

Will the NFL look at medical records to determine if the injuries in question are real or fake. Seems like this will be difficult, if not impossible, to enforce.

Michael M.

September 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

Just goes to show you what Teams will do and hey this has been going on awhile. This is not something new. All a player has to do is act like they got the wind knocked out of them or something to that nature and how can that be placed as a injury in a medical log?

waynester

September 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

This is actually VERY relevant for teams like the Falcons who use the “no-huddle” strategically to wear out opposing defenses. The comments by Raheem Morris that such CHEATING BEHAVIOUR is “great coaching” is yet more BS from the TB coach’s mouth. Mike Smith should make copies of that quote and hand it out to every official working the game this weekend to be alert for “great coaching” by the Bucs…..

Dee

September 21st, 2011
3:46 pm

I would enforce fake injuries by making the player who is “injured” sit out the rest of the half, you know, kinda how they treat concussions.

Jay Cool 4daBirds

September 21st, 2011
3:48 pm

The Rams need to stop crying, every year a brilliant coaching staff finds a way around a loop hole in the rules. Ex. The intentional grounding rule -QB purposely throw it out of bounds as long as they are out the pocket and a the running backs feet. But look how many QB’s are rolling out of the pocket now just to get away from their sorry O-Line.

Nobis, Noter and Kenn should be HOFers

September 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

The refs should be issued .44 mags and if any player NOT wearing a Falcon uniform is even suspected of faking injury, said player should be shot, repeatedly, in the groin area, until such time as the player is unable to continue.
Falcons players participating in the ruse would be, under my rules, given a gentle warning by the official.

Nobis, Noter and Kenn should be HOFers

September 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

Okay, I’ll clean up my post, already!
The refs should be given tazers, and anyone other than a Falcon player who is suspected of cheating should be tazed repeatedly. Any Falcon player, however, would be gently reprimanded, after the game, by a cheerleader.

Michael M.

September 21st, 2011
3:54 pm

Good Idea Dee ! Maybe not that Drastic, but more like that series would be a good idea.

Nobis, Noter and Kenn should be HOFers

September 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

Okay, two brilliant posts deleted due to content indicating that the Falcons should be allowed to fake injury, while other teams should not.
Forgive me, I’m a Falcon fan.

Michael M.

September 21st, 2011
4:10 pm

Those sure were real injuries in that Philly Game the other night . Thats the kind of Football I like. In your Face, Smashmouth, Fast-paced Style. Those Eagles were like Where did this Team come from ? This wasn’t the Team we played last year !
You gotta love it !

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:30 pm

Here’s a possibility, if you are injured on a play and don’t use a time out, you have to stay off the field for the rest of the possession rather than just the next play. Of course, just like hockey has those enforcers sitting in the box, the NFL will have their professional injury-fakers to come in.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:33 pm

Here’s a possibility, if you are injured on a play and don’t use a time out, you have to stay off the field for the rest of the possession rather than just the next play. Of course, just like hockey has those enforcers sitting in the box, the NFL will have their professional injury-fakers to come in.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:33 pm

Here’s a possibility, if you are injured on a play and don’t use a time out, you have to stay off the field for the rest of the possession rather than just the next play.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:34 pm

D Led, my posts are being blocked…Nothing offensive being said.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:36 pm

Idea: If an injury occurs, the injured player must stay off the field for the remainder of the possession unless one of the teams takes a time out.

SawThat1nce

September 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

More like, make them sit out at least, the next 3 series.

ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:40 pm

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ATL Fan

September 21st, 2011
4:41 pm

Sorry for the spacing, that was the only way to get it to post.

SawThat1nce

September 21st, 2011
4:42 pm

I think that the NFL should have strecher bearers on the sidelines, to come on the field and haul the injured players off of the playing field.
They should be trained to move as fast as the NASCAR pit crews do.
haha.

Great Falconi

September 21st, 2011
4:51 pm

Ow, we need the funk. We gotta have that funk.

jim

September 21st, 2011
5:22 pm

The video of the Giants players “falling down” is really really bad acting.

Michael M.

September 21st, 2011
5:54 pm

too funny the Giants players dropping, you have to be a idiot not to know it wasnt faking when two just fall

Michael M.

September 21st, 2011
5:55 pm

Matt Ryan >>>>>limited Practice/Today/Knee

nateslice

September 21st, 2011
8:20 pm

last yes!!!!!

Cowboy1

September 21st, 2011
11:50 pm

didn’t see the Giant game, but I did question the abnormal amount of injured Eagles falling, then playing on the next snap. Coincidence???