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NFL’s “Brice Butler Rule” Now Set To Come With Warning

RJ Ochoa

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You know people like to say "better late than never"? This isn't for those people. This is for those of us that have been harboring resentment at NFL officials pretty much since the beginning of time since January 15th, 2017.

You see it was on that day, with 5:55 left in the first quarter and the Cowboys trailing the Packers 3-7, that the NFL flexed their long arm of stupidity once again. Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler was inexcusably charged with an Unsportmanlike Conduct penalty, but don't worry... they've fixed it so that it won't happen to anyone else. Yay.

Charean Williams on Twitter

NFL clarifies "Brice Butler Rule," will now issue a warning https://t.co/ZBtpxjFeV4

The "Brice Butler Rule" is about as silly as the one that says you have to wait thirty minutes to swim after eating. I don't care what type of nutritional science backs that other one up, it's dumb alright? Dean Blandino, Worst Judge, Juror, and Executor of NFL rules, oh wait I mean Senior Vice President of Officiating, even went as far as saying that this is a penalty that you don't see very frequently when discussing the upcoming changes to this monstrosity. No kidding, Dean.

"So there's language in the book that allows for a change in a coaching decision where a player or a group of players may come on the field and there's a change in the decision and they go off the field without participating in a play. We want to maintain a team's ability to do that. So we did discuss it and looked at the language, and we feel comfortable with the referee giving a warning if he feels that the team is trying to manipulate the situation, allowing the defense to match up in that situation and only penalizing if it's a subsequent act after a warning." per Charean Williams of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram

Apparently now officials are going to be allowed to warn a team of a potential violation of the Brice Butler Rule and ultimately penalize the team after said warning is given. I have two big problems with this personally, one phrase in particular. The phrase "if he feels" was part of the jargon used when this was news was announced by Charean Williams of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

"If He Feels" Isn't Objective, Rules Are Meant To Be Objective

Why why why are we going with a referee's feelings now? This isn't a This Is Us marathon, this is a world of finite details and parameters. There shouldn't be a subjective line drawn to where the referee is trying to measure a coach and their intentions with substitutions. I know this is minority opinion around Cowboys Nation, but I have no qualms about the Brice Butler Rule... if it's enforced that exact same way all the time.

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Here's the exact exchange between @TroyAikman, @Buck, and @MikePereira on call and the furthest that Brice got into the huddle.

This whole mess is because Brice Butler supposedly "got into" the huddle, when you can see exactly how far he didn't go in. If there is any change that's necessary in my humble opinion, it needs to be the definition in terms of what's "in the huddle". If a player enters that the way Brice did, which I don't believe that Brice did (Confused? Read that again.), and is in violation of the set parameters... go ahead and throw your little flag. That's fair.

"If he feels" is opening a can of worms, and we're already trying to mop up the ones that spilled out when Dean Blandino's Dam of Non-Logic broke open once again, coincidentally during a Cowboys/Packers Divisional Playoff Game. Under the new intention of the rule it'll only be a matter of time before a referee throws a flag because he feels that a coach is trying to manipulate the situation via substitution, when he actually isn't.

This isn't hard, NFL. Just don't do dumb things.

Tell us what you think about "NFL’s “Brice Butler Rule” Now Set To Come With Warning" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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  • deal with it

    in the Dallas game it was an honest mistake but if the rule changes I’m sure Bill Belichik would use it to his advantage if a warning is the penalty.

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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup

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Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott? 1

Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.

Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman

Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.

In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.

Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.



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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

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Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Sean Martin

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Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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