Posted by Josh Katzowitz
There’s been quite a bit of talk the past week or so regarding the umpire’s new position about 10 yards behind the offensive line and how it affects hurry-up offenses because the ball will be spotted a little slower. Like, say, the Colts and QB Peyton Manning.
Andy wrote about it yesterday, so check that out for some background.
But you know who’s not worried about the new positioning? The Falcons. That’s what D. Orlando Ledbetter writes in today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Atlanta has run its no-huddle offense in all three of its preseason games, and so far, the team hasn’t had problems adjusting.
"Obviously it's different, the way they set the ball," Ryan said. "But we have not had any issues thus far with it."
The Chargers, though, can sympathize with the Colts. This, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune , which quotes QB Philip Rivers as saying, “It’s a problem. We’re down 11 with five minutes to go and we have to wait and look for people to snap? It’s an issue.”
Let me just put in my two cents. I can understand why the Colts would be frustrated with this, but the NFL says it made the move because of the umpire’s safety. More than 100 collisions and a handful of concussions suffered by those officials last year seemingly make this a pretty good idea.
And if the players’ major argument against an 18-game schedule is because they fear for their safety, they should sympathize for men who are older, slower and not in as good a shape but still share the same football field.
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