From the moment it was revealed in August that the NFL instructed officials to strictly enforce taunting penalties, people hated it. When we got our first taste of how this call would be imposed during the preseason, people hated it even more. It only took until Week 2 of the 2021 campaign for the taunting flag to rear its ugly head in a game that mattered.
During the fourth quarter of a highly competitive game against the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback DJ Reed celebrated a huge pass breakup on a pass intended for A.J. Brown by jawing a bit in his direction. The interaction was flagged for taunting, giving the Titans an extra 15 yards, and an automatic first down. That was just one of many taunting calls that occurred on Sunday.