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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: August 31, 2010 9:22 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Although I am not a Colts fan, I do believe this new rule will affect any team that runs any type of hurry up offense throughout the game.  Rules that change the flow of the game should not be implemented.  Most people like the way the game is now, especially with
the pace of games.  By the way, I find it funny that most of the posters on here that claim Manning is whining, or "whinning" for those that can't spell, appear to be Pats or Ravens fans.  That is typical of their whining nature and shows they hate how good Manning truly is.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:17 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.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:54 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

It's so weird to hear that Manning and Polian are crying about a rule! That NEVER happens!
I guess Manning needs that extra half a second to decide who the pick-six is going to. God forbid a ref isn't in danger of getting killed by a 295 lb Linenbacker. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:44 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

I read a large number, but not all of the comments.  Besides the "Manning's a crybaby" posts (which filters out about half of the postings) there's one suggestion I was looking for but didn't come across.  It's such a simple one, I'm surprised none of you have offered it up.

In addition to allowing the center to spot the ball (which they effectively do anyway when they move it forward and shift it around after the ref spots it), why not keep the clock from running until the ref in question is in place instead of when the ball is officially spotted?  It won't necessarily allow the offense to catch the defense out of position, but it will preserve the time on the clock which is what the 2-minute drill is all about-- keep time on the clock and the ball moving down the field.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:20 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Sounds like someone who's team has had their butt's kicked by Manning for 12 years!  Who's whining?

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:55 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

This rule stinks. It must be done away with. It takes alot away from the speed of the game. Which makes for good games and better comebacks for teams. Mark my words this will make or break a few teams this year and not just the colts!

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:40 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.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 7:05 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

To whom this may concern, I have been Playing watching observing football all my life, This move of the ref from the Defensive side of the ball to the offensive side of the ball is not the answer and will only slow up the game even more with unwarranted penalty calls on and offense just trying to use the hurry up Offense to their advantage! I suggest the league to put the ref back to his normal position and put a well fiting helmet on him with extra elbow and knee pads on him for his protection ! Please do not ruin the game any more than it has already been ruined with a bunch extra rules that should not be in the game!!! Like the sissy fumble rule or the taunting rule or the Celebration rule!!! Its just making the game sickning!  From:The Sc0ut

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:35 am

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

All these two do is bitch.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 6:28 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

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