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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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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:31 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

And. before anyone mentions it again, you can run the hurry-up at times other than the last two minutes, you know (if you're down a substantial amount).



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:29 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

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.''
And this is why Bill Polian is more and more becoming one of my least favorite people in the NFL.  Good job doing your homework there, buddy.  Maybe you (and the rest of the NFL policy makers) should stop being so short-sighted.

I do agree, however, that the penalty is stupid, and has enough of an impact on the hurry-up to be a huge issue.  Granted, I wouldn't have moved the ump in the first place: I'd have put 'em in pads/made them pass a physical requirement first.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 7:12 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

No it won't.

The rules revert back to the old placement during the last 2 minutes.

And, Peter King actually checked the Pat versus indy game of last season, and it isn't even close that it would have stopped the Colt's offense in the fourth.  He wrote it at the end of his MMQB article.

Anything that the Colts and Polian hates, is good with me.  The biggest effect I see is that Manning can no longer get the cheap five yard quick snap they like to get in.



Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

If the issue is truly about safety, why does the umpire go back to his old postion in the last 2 minutes of a half? Is it significantly "safer" in that time span than the other 13 minutes in the quarter? No. Quite the opposite in fact. If you happened to see the play in the Green Bay game where the Colts were penalized the second time, the umpire was literally less than a yard in front of Addai and 2-3 yards to the side of him. Thats not exactly in the line of fire. This rule will ultimately take away so much from what makes the NFL such an exciting game and the best TV sport there is.



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:36 pm
 

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 anymore....do 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!!



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Sounds like a pitiful Pitt fan with nothing better to do than bash the best quarterback in history.  Who has Big Ben raped this week?



Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 6:25 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

I have to agree, This is a classic example of Peyton Manning doing what he does best whinning.  Everytime the colts have something go wrong Manning finds every excuse in the bus as to why it is not his fault. Just like he did several years back in the playoffs against the Steelers when Manning threw his offensive line under the bus rather than take responsibility for a poor game. If I was his O-lineman. I would of let some linebacker come free in the first game the following year and when Manning was being carried off on a stretcher I would of told him thats what happens when I dont block. I am sure that the league will go out of its way to cater to their precious baby Manning. Just like they did for Brady with the tuck rule, and even touching the QB... BOO HOO Manning



Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules



The only difference is a quick glance to the linesman for the signal that the umpire is in place -- an extra 2 seconds or so on most plays.  I understand why the Colts do not like it, but it is just a couple seconds which will not make that much difference in their game



If that is the case then I think in the interest of safety, from now on when Tiger addresses the ball and is about to begin his swing, he needs to glance all the way to the gree nand get the OK that noone is in the way and could cath a golf ball to the head.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

The problem in particular with last Thursdays Colts' game was the inconsistency with how quickly the ref spotted the ball and got out of the way.  Sometimes he would be fairly quick and other times he would be as slow as molasses (and other times he would forget what side of the ball to line up on).  If you are going to change the rules like this, you need ball spotters that are quick and don't stick around.  I would imagine that this would get ironed out, but the rythym for both teams in the Packers-Colts game was disrupted b/c of this issue.

Additionally, why should the QB have to look at the side ref to get the "OK" to snap the ball in addition to all the other things he needs to watch for?  It just seems like a situation of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!".  I don't recall any refs getting seriously injured in the defensive backfield last season. 



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:51 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Hahahahahahahaha!!! Get over Peyton! Stop crying like the whiny little girl we all know that you are. Hmmmm.... Didn't hear much about you complaining when the league changed the contact limits on receivers, did we? Hahahahahahahahaha!!! Go back to Pee Wee, Peyton! And take Bill Polian with you!


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