Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The NFL isn’t finished tinkering with its new umpire-stands-way-behind-the-offens
According to the NY Times’ Judy Battista, the umpire, beginning with the final slate of preseason contests, will return to the defensive backfield for the final two minutes of the first half and the final FIVE minutes of the game (before it was only the last two minutes of the second half).
Then, the league will evaluate the results.
This, of course, does very little for the Colts – who have complained the most about the umpire’s new position – because they run the no-huddle so much throughout regulation.
Will this change anybody’s minds about the decision to move the umpire across the line of scrimmage and out of harm’s way ? Probably not. But will it help a team who’s making a late-game comeback and who needs to run its offense as quickly as possible? Quite possibly.
At this point, I don’t see how the NFL would rescind the idea entirely and put the umpires back on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe this isn't a bad compromise.
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