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Splat
09-07-2010, 01:31 PM
NFL tweaks umpire positioning again (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/07/nfl-tweaks-umpire-positioning-again/)

The NFL's decision to move the umpires from the defensive side of the field to the offensive side of the field is looking more and more like a decision made in haste, without thinking through all the ramifications. And so today -- two days before the start of the regular season -- comes word that the league has tweaked the rule again.

Today the league office sent all 32 teams a memo explaining that the umpire will now be 12 yards from the line of scrimmage (http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/39040877/ns/sports-nfl/), not 15 yards. In theory, that means it shouldn't take the umpire quite as long to spot the ball before each play, get back into position during the play, and then go spot the ball again as soon as the play ends.

The league also said the head linesman or line judge will signal when a snap can occur, and the quarterback can then call for the snap as soon as he sees that signal. And now umpires will move back to the old position on the defensive side of the field during the last two minutes of the first half, the last five minutes of the second half and any time a team is at or inside the defense's 5-yard line. So if you are on D and a team is running the hurry up just watch for the sign and come a 100 MPH.

yourfavestoner
09-07-2010, 01:33 PM
Bill Polian, you scurvy dog, you.

vidae
09-07-2010, 01:47 PM
It says a QB CAN call for the snap after he sees the signal, not that he has to.

Splat
09-07-2010, 01:55 PM
It says a QB CAN call for the snap after he sees the signal, not that he has to.

If you losing late in the game and trying to come back to save time you would have to snap as soon as you get the signal.

vidae
09-07-2010, 03:37 PM
Or you could not snap and hope the defense jumps offsides.

Sportsfan486
09-07-2010, 03:40 PM
If you losing late in the game and trying to come back to save time you would have to snap as soon as you get the signal.

How is this different from now? As soon as the offense is set, you snap. It's the same thing. And if you don't think smart QBs will do a quick fake to draw defense offside than snap it, losing maybe half a second for a free play, I don't know what to tell you.

I think this rule is fine now. I doubt it impacts any games at all, even Manning in his hurry-up shouldn't have a problem (he was obviously testing it in that preseason game and barely managed to screw with it, this tweak should eliminate that.)