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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 16, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:24 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

I'm not a Colts fan, but this rule is just stupid... I don't see why they should put it in or why things should change. If it isn't broke don't fix it!!! OT Rules should stay the same, it should be 16 games not 18, and let the rule just stay... the new rules are more bothersome then enjoyable. When I see a QB/WR get touched and a flag fly... that gets annoying. Not that I wanna see the QB get his knees taken out... but there has to be a middle ground here... NFL will turn to the NBA soon if it doesn't get fixed with all these new rules.... and players will take advanatage of them.

Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:12 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

While I agree that Manning is a cry baby I can't go along with the new rule. I understand what it's intent is but if it favors one team over another because of thier offense than another solution needs to be found. Maybe change it to allow a snap as soon as the ump is out of the way. Why not provide the ump with pads?

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:10 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Why does anyone care about the safety of the referees??? Maybe if half of them weren't 70 years old they'd be able to get out of the way faster.  And be able to see the play.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:10 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

     It's unusual to see a post with glaring differences.  Your so right on one issure but so wrong on another.  I agree, since when does much of anything happen 10 yards back of the QB.  I agree with you on this point 110%  Now, as far as saying that this new rule won't effect 4th quarter comebacks because they go back to the original positions in the last two minutes is just dumb.  Well, maybe not dumb but certainly not completely thought out.  True it goes back to the original way in the last two minutes, but aren't the quarters 15 minutes long.  That's 13 minutes of play that it's the new way and if your down 20+ points your going to be running that hurry up more often than not in the fourth quarter.  Sure if your down 3 or 7 and need one final drive in the closing minutes of a game to seal it up but what if you need two or three quick strikes to seal it up.  The last two minutes doesn't help much.  You need to have started making a difference long before that.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:08 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

I live in Indiana but I am not a Colts fan,I am and always will be a Bears fan and trust  me that's not easy to say or be.It was bad enough when they changed the rules to start the clock on out of bounds plays,but their asking 45 to 65 year old men to set the ball and get out of the way,Goodall has become the Obama of the Nfl.Ones destroying our country and the other our most popular sport.If your worried about the Ref's lining up behind the DL put a helmnt on their sorry butt's and put them where trhey belong.

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:07 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

I agree 100%, however, it does not seem to be the referees on the field complainig. Thier UNION and TV announcers are all I have heard anything from. Another case of misrepresentation by elected officials?? It is happening in a state near you I gaurantee it.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 2:03 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Only team it will effect is Indy, looks like they won't be able to get free yards catching teams with to many men welcome to real football Manning stop crying didnt see it effect Rodgers or the other Packers QBs and Green Bay ran 78 plays on offence in that game and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:54 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Football games should never be negatively impacted by the lack of athleticism that their referess possess.  Like John Gruden said the other night, if you're a ref and you can't take even a slight knock then you shouldn't be out there in the first place.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:53 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Yeah and you will be the first one on here complaining that your team lost becuase of the time lost on the ref.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:51 pm

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Great post.  Everything I would have said... Nice job. 

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