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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: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

My goodness, can we just get the regular season started so we don't have to read this meaningless crap anymore??? 

I'm tired of hearing about every damn thing Favre does, and now how P.Manning is whining because the "couple extra seconds" it takes to spot the ball is going to ruin Indy's season!  If you weren't behind and had to resort to the hurry up offense, this wouldn't even be an issue.  Is this what Peyton needs, a quick spot of the ball, to beat his opponents?  Gimmie a break....

Week 1 can't get here fast enough.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:42 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Simple solution - use the college rule, clock stops on first downs.  That would actually give offenses even a better shot at comebacks.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

ur golden boy troy will break like glas again with that long b*tch hair


Speaking of Peyton Manning playoff choke jobs and memorable interceptions....



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:32 pm
 

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?



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

damn ur a hater....they won one and at least they made it there last year....steelers will miss the playoffs again because cinncinati will beat them (pathetic) the rapist is missing four games and ur golden boy troy will break like glas again with that long b*tch hair.....i know they have won two recently but guess what buddy? they are not gonna do anything for awhile especially after they let woodley walk....at least indy fans have a resaon to get excited this year...good luck with flozell adams at right tackle too...whens hockey start??




Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Why does Peyton Manning want to run the hurry-up all game anyway? Being the Regular Season Champion that he is, you'd think he would want to savor every second of every regular season game he could. I understand wanting to hurry up in the playoffs - you know, to get the inevitable over with as quick as possible.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Another tidbit: during the Packer-Colt game there was a stat thrown out there that last year there were 5 SURGERIES for refs that either got hit in inexcusable croosing routes or from the QB zinging in a 65 mph ball to the head/chest

Nice imaginary stat.  They refs don't even get hit 5 times a year each.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Yes, and unlike PEyton, Ben also has TWO SUPERBOWL RINGS and better career playoff numbersWhen you say "two rings", are you refering to handcuffs?



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

@ SteelerDad62; apparently you don’t understand how spell check works because even if I did use it, it wouldn’t have fixed a thing due to the fact that it is spelt correctly, just the wrong wording. Excuse me for being human.

Second; Your right it didn’t have anything to do with Ben but since the reply to the blog came from a Steelers fan and it had almost had nothing to do with the post, but an opportunity to rag on Payton, I figured why not give him a taste of his own medicine and take the opportunity to rag on the Steelers...




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Manning, Polian detest new ball-spotting rules

Ben has one more ring then Peyton but at least Peyton can go in public and not be looked at as a rapist. 


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