The one new rule change that every defensive coach is thinking about in fall camp is the new targeting rule. The coaches we talk to are making sure to address it with their guys during fall camp to avoid ejections, and James Franklin says that he's taking things to the next level with his guys, part of which involves having referees at practice everyday. At the end of practice yesterday those officials went over the new targeting rule and Franklin explained how him and his staff will approach the new rule during camp.
"We want to make sure that we have officials around as much as we possibly can to clean up all the little things. At the end of practice they went over some of the new rules with targeting and we have a video that we'll reinforce tonight."
Franklin recalled this hit against South Carolina as a prime example of a hit that would result in an ejection this year.
"We want to make sure our guys understand that. The rules say from the shoulder up, but we're going to say chest because, if it's gray at all, the way that this is being taught, the officials are going to throw the flag and eject them every single time on the field and then send it to the booth to overturn it if they're wrong. They don't want this to every get to the commissioners around the league where now the commissioners have to suspend guys. They're taking that out of their hands."