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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: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:34 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

How about this idea.  Don't get 21 points behind.  Maybe the slow officials will prevent you from getting so far behind thus making it unnecessary for you to have to come back so far. Or how about just call the game at half?  Really?  Get back on your meds, you are a danger to us and yourself.

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:33 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Here's a thought.  Give the Ump a helmet and pads.  Make the helmet some insanely safety-looking color like construction Orange or Bright Lime-Yellow so that way the players know he's the ref.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:32 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Let me remind you that we have the best QB to ever play the game.  One more AFC title to go along with many others. Yet you want to congratulate us on a pointless season. We have more wins than any team in the past 10 years. Put congrats where its deserved. I really hope your not whinning becasue your a Ravens fan.
For the last time, Drew Brees is not on the Colts.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:31 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

sound like your either:

1: A bandwagon saints fan like half of the rest of America, and have nothing better to do than sit around and hate on arguably the best QB to ever play the game of football.

2: Jealous that your team doesnt boast as many stats/ records as the Colts have over the past decade. so what they only have 1 superbowl, they got it didnt they? (dont come back at me with these "if's and but's"... If if's and but's were candy and nuts it'd christmas all year long and I dont have time to listen to listen to one more person rant and rave about Manning's stats, if you wanna talk about his stats so much go be an analyst on ESPN. Ohh and I still wont G.A.F.)

or 3: a fag

No one is hating on Drew Brees (the best quarterback, at least statistically and in terms of results).  Saints fans, like all football fans, hate this rule.  I don't know who you were ersponding to but it makes no sense.  I think your 3rd point was simply wishful thinking on your point.  Shouldn't you be watching dancing with the stars?

A Colts fan calling other fans bandwagon is priceless however.  Ahh irony...

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:25 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Its only the Saints and the Colts crying about it they mad because luck won't be on their side I like the new rule? NO! but hey true champs adapt and overcome this affects every team offensively but hey the real good teams won't pout they will just adapt and move on we don't hear Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick whining, nor do we hear Brett Favre and Brad Childress whining we don't hear Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy whining and Tony Romo and Wade Phillips...well they are whining but not for that reason they whining because they will lose their jobs after next season...LOL...but anyway man up ya bunch of babies and play some football damnit!! But we sure hear you whining!

Again, to support this rule is to hate offense and football and to love procedure penalties.  Period.  I can't wait until every one of your team's gets a delay of game or proc edure penalty because even more power has been given to the incompetent zebras.

So if you like the rule, ask yourself why you:

1) want officials to have a bigger impact
2) want less plays therefore less football
3) hate comeback attempts
4) want to decrease excitement
5) want to reward slow, slogging play
6) want more procedure penalties
7) want more delay of game penalties
8) and last, why you hate football.

If you want a very slow sport with lots of flags, go play golf, but leave football alone!

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:19 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

When you say "two rings", are you refering to handcuffs?

No, I'm referring to Superbowl Rings - those things that your Saints as an Organization only have 1 of in 43 years to Roethlisberger's 2 in 5 years.

Speaking of handcuffs, isn't dealing Vicoden illegal?
It sure is, thats why our equipment guy was fired.  Of course a Steelers fan complaining about dealing drugs is like Sarah palin starting a Book of the Month club.  But let us be clear, dealing vicodin is nothing compared to rape.  How big of a douche does one have to be to rape a girl, especially when you are an NFL quarterback?  Someone either has the world's smallest member or smallest brain, or maybe both.  Not only that, he required the help of off-duty state troopers to pull it off.  What a sleaze.  Maybe you shoukld refresh yourself as to the term "glass houses".

How long till Little Ben gets arrested again and has to sell one (or both) of those rings to pay for his latest douchebagness.  I can't believe you guys are apologizing for a felon - this sicko shouldn't be suspended, he should be in prison!

Michael Vick goes to prison for a long time for fighting dogs.  Big Ben rapes innocent women and gets pats on the back from Steeler fans - stay classy Pittsburgh.  I need a shower just writing about Big Douche that long.

If an organization is only to have one ring, it may as well be the current one - New Orleans Saints, superbowl champions!  Want a fun comparison on character - how about Brees versus Douche.  Exact opposites...Man of the Year versus common criminal thug boy.  Leave it to Pittsburgh to advocate rape, I guess you gotta have sex some how.

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:16 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

So why did Polian  vote for the rule change? Now  that he understands the implications he starts to whine. There is always  an excuse for the Colts.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:09 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

You agree that it should be switched back, yet Manning is "crying" for voicing the same opinion...? Some of you people are so blinded by your own vitriole that you can't see how stupid you are.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:57 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Come on get real, we all know Indy slacks in pre season. But its probabley a good thing we dont play the packers when it counts. We would hate to put a beat down in Green Bay when games truely count.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:49 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

The idiots who are saying 'It's only going to effect the Colts' and 'It's just whining...ADJUST!' obviously haven't ever watched John Elway or Joe Montana or even Brett Favre in their lifetimes.   The majority of QBs in the NFL use it at one time or another! The hurry up offense is for when you're down 2 scores or more in the 4th quarter OR to change the pace of the game and catch less athletic defenses out of breath.
This stupid rule isn't about safety at's about changing the game towards Goodell's stupid idea of football.  If you want safety get the geriatrics OFF OF THE FIELD and get some younger, faster, athletic guys who have an understanding of the rules.  If you want safety put helmets on them like in HOCKEY where they know to wear protection.  If you want safety you can easily have it without screwing up the game.  Heck, you can even put the ref in the backfield if you want...but get rid of the stupid penalty because they're too slow to get back.  Once the ball is spotted it should only be about 1 or 2 seconds until the whistle is blown for the clock to start and for the QB to snap the ball.  There are plenty of refs on the field that can watch the ball be snapped.  The back ref can just flip around after the ball is snapped and watch the action when he gets to a safe distance.
It simply amazes me how a freaking billion dollar sport can't even do something that makes THIS much sense.  Maybe they're wanting to throw more games using this what they did with the Tom Brady 'tuck' rule or the Tom Brady 'panties around the knee rule'.

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