Bears HC Matt Nagy Defends Taunting Rule Because “Kids Are Watching”

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Apparently, Matt Nagy is a fan of the taunting rule.

The Chicago Bears head coach said he’s in favor of the NFL’s controversial decision to emphasize enforcement of taunting penalties during the 2021 season.

Nagy explained his belief, saying there’s a difference between having fun or showing emotion after a big play and crossing a line toward showing up an opponent, and it’s important to send the right message to kids watching the game:

His full answer on why the league is emphasizing taunting calls:


“It’s an exciting game. It’s a game that’s very emotional. But there are times that some people are egregious with celebrating and it can be over the top. And I think probably the biggest message is, let’s calm this down a little bit because people watch and people want to see a little bit of respect. A little bit of doing things the right way.

“It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but there’s young kids right now that are watching games, and what happens is you go to one of these sporting events and you might see some imitation going on that’s taking it over the top. I’m a firm believer in respect and just kids growing and watching and we have a huge platform as leaders. I’m talking players and coaches.

The Bears were victims of the bogus penalty after linebacker Cassius Marsh received a 15-yard penalty for looking at the Steelers sidelines after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 9.

The Bears are coming off a bye week and will host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10.