Harbaugh’s Sideline Antics Could Lead To Fines Under New NFL Rule

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS Sports) – The NFL won’t call it the Jim Harbaugh Rule, but it might as well. The San Francisco head coach is one of those the league’s competition committee has in mind when it took action to keep coaches from wandering onto the field.

Harbaugh was on the field more than once during the playoffs, and the NFL wants that to stop — making sure coaches understand that’s where players, not coaches, belong. So it will make sideline discipline a point of emphasis this year, with coaches warned that they can and will be flagged if they don’t comply.

“Coaches can be flagged,” Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, “It’s about enforcement and point of emphasis. So coaches who, after appropriate warning, continue to venture out will pay the price with a penalty that potentially could hurt heir team.”

And if they’re repeat offenders?

“They can be fined,” said Anderson. “No question.”

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