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NFL cracking down on sideline discipline

02/21/2013 12:13 AM ET
By Matt Hughes

The NFL is cracking down on coaches that leave the sidelines. Coaches venturing onto the playing field will be assessed a penalty or fine. 

According to a CBS Sports report, the NFL Competition Committee is making sideline discipline a point of emphasis. The league wants to ensure coaches remain on the sidelines.

"We need to be much more disciplined about where our coaches go in terms of the box," said Ray Anderson, the league's executive vice president of football operations, "and venturing out on the field beyond traditional markers is something that is just not appropriate. It can interfere and it can be viewed as intimidating, and we really are going to rein that in."

Anderson added coaches will be given a warning but failure to comply will result in a penalty or fine. Coaches leaving the sidelines in the NFL has always been discouraged but up until now enforcement has been loose. 

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh's presence on the field was conspicuous throughout this year's playoffs.

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