WASHINGTON — It took Josh Norman until the end of his fourth week with Washington to snatch his first Redskins’ interception. He then celebrated by firing an imaginary bow and arrow, which is apparently against the rules.
This was a surprise to everyone, including Norman, the CBS broadcast commentators and nearly every fan in attendance:
Some of the 106.7 The Fan personalities had some fun with the revelation that this rule could possibly be in the rule book:
What constitutes an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty is one of the most evolving rules in the NFL playbook over the last 10 years. It’s hard to know if the NFL really is cracking down on all celebratory gestures, ones that could have anything to do with violence and weapons, or whether this was a judgment call by the officials.
For what it’s worth, former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira says this rule is on the books and Josh Norman should have been flagged before Sunday:
Regardless, it’s clear that the message was not sent by the NFL in a way that the players, fans or broadcasters could understand, considering that everyone was caught off guard.