Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday that the NFL would get a little more fun this season as touchdown celebrations for snow angels, group celebrations and celebrations involving using the ball as a prop will no longer be penalized.
NFL head coach Marvin Lewis did not love the decision, and he spoke out, per ESPN:
“I’m not for that at all,” Lewis, who is on the NFL Competition Committee, said of the change. “We had a good standard, and the whole standard has always been, you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way, and that’s not a very good example for young people.”
“The rules were changed for a reason, and I thought we had a good outcome,” he said. “Again, this is a team game, and … I don’t understand why we want to give in to individual celebrations.”
The head coach has every right to be frustrated after dealing with big personalities Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens in Cincinnati, but his argument here holds no weight.
After drafting Joe Mixon, who was caught on video punching a woman in the face, Lewis’s precedence for setting an example for young people has seemingly gone out the window.
Certainly celebrations for touchdowns should be the least of his concern.