NFL Warns Teams About Trash Talk

CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL has warned players to cut out the trash talk, specifically when it threatens other players.

“Ray Anderson reminded players that comments of a physically threatening nature are always taken into account in evaluating discipline for any illegal physical contact on the field,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said Saturday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Anderson is the league’s chief disciplinarian. He told teams, including all eight remaining in the playoffs, to basically watch it.

Since October, the NFL has ratcheted up its enforcement of hits to defenseless players with a series of fines — and the threat of suspension. No suspensions have been handed out, but the recent rash of trash talk before playoff games prompted Anderson to further emphasize the need to respect the game and opponents.

Earlier this week, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie described Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with a derogatory term. New York is at New England on Sunday in the final divisional round game this weekend.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs wore a T-shirt with a Raven on it extending a middle finger. Suggs said he was “representing” Baltimore as it headed to Saturday’s playoff game at Pittsburgh.

In the second meeting of the regular season between the AFC North rivals, the Ravens broke Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s nose — accidentally — on a hit by nose tackle Haloti Ngata.

“I was glad we broke his nose,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said with a wry grin this week, “and I was very impressed he played through it. Obviously, you can throw very effectively with a broken nose. He proved that.”

Although Harbaugh was kidding, the comment did rankle some people in Pittsburgh, and perhaps elsewhere around the league.

Jets coach Rex Ryan mentioned this week that players need to dislike their opponents at this time of year.

“You shouldn’t like who you are going up against right now,” he said. “This is the playoffs. I can tell you our whole team respects Brady and the Patriots. But hey, we don’t like any of them right now. You shouldn’t. (Former Jets running back) Danny Woodhead is a great kid, but I can’t stand Danny Woodhead right now.

“I think that’s just part of it, and trust me, the feeling is mutual.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. april says:

    You can’t hit a certain way… Now taking out the trash talking? Come on ppl this is FOOTBALL not ballet! This is what football is and has been all about for years! The hard hits and trash talk is what we fans LOVE about the game. If they can’t do that they might as well wrestle with the WWE, but then again even they are allowed to run their mouths!

  2. Tina Mcclintic Gordon says:

    no one means any harm, it’s all fun, and its adults doing all the trash talk< may the best team ( ravens ) win

  3. pigeon says:

    Hey Anderson and Aiello – sit back, shut up and watch the games!
    Sure would like to see touchdown dances again!

  4. GEORGE says:

    COACH HARBAUGH AND SUGGS YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE FOTTBALL WORLD, COACH HARBAUGH FOR MAKING THE REMARK ABOUT ROTHENBERGERS BROKEN NOSE AND YOU FOR WEARING THAT SHIRT THAT HAS THE MIDDLE FINGER ON IT. IS THAT HOW YOU WANT THE CHILDREN TO VIEW HOW YOU OR YOUR TEAM FEELS ABOUT ANOTHER TEAM. YOU BOTH ARE A DISGRACE TO FOOTBALL . COACH HARBAUGH SHOULD BE FINED FOR THE REMARK THAT HE HAS MADE ABOUT THE BROKEN NOSE,HE SHOULD BE NO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN FINED. AS FAR A COACH YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE OTHER COACHES. AS FAR AS THE GAME TODAY, I HOPE PITTS KNOCK YOUR LIGHTS OUT TODAY, YOU DON’T DESERVE TO WIN AFTER THAT REMARK AND THAT T-SHIRT

    1. baltimore resident says:

      love it a win for the Steelers is what this team needs, they think they are all that in reality they are nothing but a group of high paid babies

      1. GEORGE says:

        all the football players are a a bunch of high paid babies, even the ravens!i

    2. Zac says:

      Obviously you are a steelers fan. If you don’t like the comments don’t watch football. Besides, look at what kids see on tv, the internet and in school. Joking about a broken nose that was muched deserved is nothing. You are a disgrace to anyone who watches football so find something else to cry about.

  5. Zac says:

    my comment is to GEORGE

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