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Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 11:05 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

Not surprisingly, Peyton Manning and Bill Polian are displeased -- perhaps even downright angry -- with the NFL’s new ball-spotting rule. Because umpires are now lining up in the backfield, it’s taking longer for them to spot the ball. And, after they spot the ball, they must run back to their spot some 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Consequently, the quarterback must look to the line judge to get a go-ahead to snap the ball. As we saw at Lambeau Field last Thursday night, this slows Indy’s hurry-up offense. B. Polian (US Presswire)

As usual, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback Column, got great insight on the mess. Manning told King, "If we had this rule last year there's no way we catch up in that New England game. We were down, what, 21 points in the fourth quarter? We wouldn't have had enough time to run enough plays to catch up. But forget about that game. Let's chart all the comeback wins where a team runs the hurry-up in the fourth quarter. How many of those games would have ended up the same way -- or would the quarterbacks have had enough time to run enough plays to come back and win?''

Indy’s gripe also pertains to the snap infringement penalty (which they were flagged for twice against Green Bay). "I am dead-set against the penalty,'' Polian, who is on the Competition Committee, said. "It is insane. If I knew it would be this way, I'd have voted against it, and not only that, I'd have crusaded against it.''

It is believed that the NFL will try to fix the timing issues, though VP of officiating, Carl Johnson, doesn’t seem too creative at this point.

"The way the new mechanic of the umpire positioning is, I don't have a resolution to that,'' Johnson told King. "It's going to take a couple extra seconds to spot the ball. There's no way around that. But this is a work in progress. We're aggressively seeking ways to improve the mechanics.''

King bounces around several ideas for what the league can do to remedy the problem. A major obstacle is that the league has already acknowledged that the umpire was moved because of safety concerns. This significantly limits the possibility of simply moving the umpires back to his original spot. After all, if that were to happen, then not only would the league be saying it doesn’t care about the umpire’s safety, but it could also be liable if an umpire were to get seriously injured.

It’s safe to assume that when the apparently hasty decision to relocate the umpire was made, the NFL did not foresee having to deal with so many issues this close to the start of the regular season.

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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:41 am
 

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Hate Much?




Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 1:46 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Its an issue b/c it's new but I think in time the teams will learn how to work around this and everything will be fine. Time is the best cure.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Is safety not important in the last two minutes of a half?  They spot the old way in the last two minutes.  Would the NFL not be liable if an umpire gets injured in the last two minutes after acknowledging lining up behind the linebackers is more dangerous?  What a stupid rule!  Imagine if holding or facemask were allowed in the final two minutes of each half.  Why the arbitrary final two minutes?  If teams need to work at a faster tempo, why can't they?
The ump in Indy's last preseason game seemed to be taking his sweet time placing the ball and didn't hustle back to his position.  What's going to happen when someone gets whistled for that stupid penalty during a key drive in the Super Bowl?
Poorly executed NFL.
Well said, I couldn't agree more.  So the stated motive, safety, is really the motive at all.  It makes you wonder what is.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:58 am
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

King bounces around several ideas for what the league can do to remedy the problem. A major obstacle is that the league has already acknowledged that the umpire was moved because of safety concerns. This significantly limits the possibility of simply moving the umpires back to his original spot. After all, if that were to happen, then not only would the league be saying it doesn’t care about the umpire’s safety, but it could also be liable if an umpire were to get seriously injured.Is safety not important in the last two minutes of a half?  They spot the old way in the last two minutes.  Would the NFL not be liable if an umpire gets injured in the last two minutes after acknowledging lining up behind the linebackers is more dangerous?  What a stupid rule!  Imagine if holding or facemask were allowed in the final two minutes of each half.  Why the arbitrary final two minutes?  If teams need to work at a faster tempo, why can't they?
The ump in Indy's last preseason game seemed to be taking his sweet time placing the ball and didn't hustle back to his position.  What's going to happen when someone gets whistled for that stupid penalty during a key drive in the Super Bowl?
Poorly executed NFL.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:47 am
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

The Bigger Injustice with regard to ball-spotting and Time-keeping is the whole forward progess at the sideline issue.

It is ridiculous that an offensive player can catch a ball, receive minimal (if any) contact, then voluntary step out-of-bounds laterally and the official continues to wind the game clock.

It is a certainty that teams lose more plays (and scoring opportunities) over the course of a game than the issue with the umpire's spotting of the ball.

And Why ... so that the NFL can guarantee the networks that the game will fit into a window of time ???

As fans, we pay more for less football than ever before.


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