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League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

Posted on: August 28, 2009 2:26 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2009 4:36 pm

Somebody tell me when Jerry Jones started running the NFL. The league's decision today to do nothing with the Cowboys' video board is dumb, dumb, dumb. OK, so the league's guidelines stated the board must be at least 85 feet above the field, and it's 90 feet in Dallas. Then change the rule. Obviously, this one was made to be broken, and if you don't believe me wait until Mike Scifres and Shane Lechler roll into town. They'll be playing volleyball with the screen, wrecking the game just so Jerry Jones can save a couple mil. The Raiders are there on Thanksgiving, which is good because that means you don't have to worry about missing the game. There will be so many mulligans it could go all evening. I'm serious. You know the Raiders will punt. And punt alot. Now Jones and the league basically have dared punters to aim for the board by saying they really shouldn't do so. Oh yeah? Since when? Since Jerry Jones decided that his board would stay, that's when. I love the AP story where it said that Jones "has been staunchly against changes. He insists the boards aren't in the way when punters kick toward the sideline as they're supposed to do." As they're supposed to do? I didn't realize Jerry was a special teams coordinator. Tell Scifres he's supposed to kick toward the sideline. Tell the Cowboys' Mat McBriar, too. You know darn well that Dallas will be told to aim for the sidelines, and that changes how their special teams might approach games. But Jones is trying to change the game for everyone, too, and, I'm sorry, but Scifres won't kick toward the sideline as Jones thinks he's supposed to do. Jerry Jones just changed the game in Dallas, and the league went along with it. Why? I'm not sure. But I can tell you this: The thrill is back in the punt, and the game has been changed for one year in one city. "You can anticipate the ball hitting the board from time to time,"Jones said. "There's no reason why this can't be something (for punters) to deal with, similar to way you'd deal with wind in your face or with elements; rain, sleet and snow." Actually, there is, Jerry. THE BOARDS DON'T HAVE TO BE THAT LOW! You screwed up, pal. Admit it. Spend some money, make the change and let's get back to football. 

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:21 am

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

I doubt any punter can hit the scoreboard 6 times in a row...let alone 13 times in a row.

It is possible to hit the board...but the idea that hitting the board will become a strategy is laughable.  Judge is insane.  The NFL mandated 85 feet.  The board is 90 feet and Judge says Jones is "running the NFL."  What?  That is pure stupidity.  Judge says "change the rule."  Hey Judge, there is a process for changing rules.  The process takes place in the off-season through meetings and recommendations of the competition committee and then are approved or rejected by the teams in the league.  The process for this year is done.  They can change the rule for the 2010-2011 season.  Until then, calm down.  Your spewing anti-Jerry Jones venom says more about you and your jealosy than it does about Jones.  Go Cowboys!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2009 12:31 am

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

No team's going to do it, but this does cause a potential loophole to try to take advantage of. Let's say it's fourth and four. You send your punter out. You wait the clock down to a few seconds trying to get the defense to jump. They don't jump. So you kick the ball into the scoreboard. Do-over. You line up, and you wait, trying to get the defense to jump. Again, they don't jump. So you kick the ball into the scoreboard. You just keep doing this until hopefully, the defense jumps and you get the first down.

Or on fourth and short, you could send your QB out there with the punter in the backfield. You could line your QB up and have him hard count, trying to draw the defense offiside. When it doesn't work, shift your punter back and have him punt it into the scoreboard. You can keep doing this. After 10-12 times, the defense is bored of the gag. Then you actually snap it to the QB and try to catch the defense unaware as they're expecting a 13th punt into the scoreboard.

As far as I can tell, there's nothing illegal about this. You can kick the ball into the scoreboard and get a do-over with no repercussions. So you can, conceivably, keep doing it until you get the offsides penalty. I know, it likely won't work. A defense has to realize this after one or two attempts. But the fact remains that you can technically try this if you need the ball back.

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2009 11:17 pm

that is as idiotic a post as i've seen in a while

Jerry didn't screw up, the NFL did.  and that's being really generous calling it a screwup in the first place.  There was copious testing and input to determine the minimum height of 85 feet.  and then Jerry went ahead and put it at 90 feet to be safer.  and you're still bitching? 

the NFL signed off on this after all this testing hand-in-hand with Jerreh!  how the heck is any of this his fault?  12 or 13 ongoing years without a playoff win with him as GM, hell yeah that's his fault.  Building JerryWorld better than NFL specs and hearing afterward the board is too low?  what crackpipe you smoking? 

here's a clue.  it also ain't as simple as just moving the board.  did it ever occur to you the sight-lines of various seats across the stadium including some pricier suites will be impacted by this?  i can't say I speak to Jerreh on a daily basis, but I'd be willing to bet a screen that big was designed with the setup of the stadium seating in mind to have a proper view of the field AND the board.  move the board, permanent seats have a different or no view. 

perhaps you or the NFL wants to start funding the people in their pricey seats at JerryWorld who get screwed as well by this mistake?  i didn't think so.  at the very least the NFL is gonna have to fund the entirety of their "mistake" if you want to call it that since they approved the height and it's insane to think otherwise.  or perhaps next week we can retroactively state all stadiums must have 50 yards between the field of play and the stands instead of whatever the standard is today.  oh you don't have room?  build a new stadium on your own dime!  don't see that happening either.  clueless.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2009 6:57 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

Actually, you might. Let's say your team gets off a bad snap. You might try to aim for the board, knowing that if you hit it, the down is replayed. Or what if you see a flag thrown before you kick, one of your lineman getting called for holding. Bang it off the board, no foul. There are strategies where hitting the board will be ideal.

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2009 5:52 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

They'll be playing volleyball with the screen, wrecking the game just so Jerry Jones can save a couple mil. LOL!  Ol' Jerry may end up spending the two million on repairs to the screen by the time the season comes to a close.  As a Cowboys fan I side with Mr. Judge on this one.  I anticipate that if the Raiders game goes as Mr. Judge expects that the league will be under a lot of pressure to force the scoreboard to be moved.  We'll see, but at any rate it gives us something else to look foward to this season.  I just wonder what Buck and Aikman will have to say about it.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2009 5:46 pm

Both are to blame

Both the NFL and Jerry Jones have screwed up with this one.  Both of them should have been asking themselves if the 85 foot guideline made sense and if not talked about changing it before the thing was even built.  Just because the NFL set the guideline at that, doesn't mean it was the right number and this year we'll find out just how wrong or not it was. 

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2009 5:05 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

Take it easy, Mr. Judge.  Nice conspiracy theory, though.  The bottom line is that the NFL signed off on the design of the video board so, they are the ones that screwed up.  Why should Jerry pay to move the scoreboard that meets the 85 ft. mandate and the NFL approved?  Jerry is clearly holding his ground because he knows he is right.  I would expect that he would welcome a reasonable increase in the elevation of the board if the NFL paid for it.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2009 4:56 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

The ball will hit the scoreboard less than 5 times overall.  If you're utilizing proper punting strategy, you're not going to kick it to the middle of the field.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: August 28, 2009 4:51 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

My God, is there nothing else for you to write about. Where's Vick when you need him?

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2009 4:19 pm

League fumbles Dallas "do-over"

What's the competitive advantage to be gained by deliberately hitting the scoreboard?  Sure, you could infinitely prolong the game by constantly punting the ball into it, but what benefit would that give the kicking team?  I agree that forcing kickers to aim for the sidelines helps the receiving team, but all these people claiming that punters will go nuts trying to hit it on purpose don't make a lot of sense.

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