Peyton Manning Isn’t a Fan of the NFL’s Umpire Alignment

August 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After last week's illegal snap penalty against the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning has sounded off (sort of) against the new position of the umpire.
For those of you who don't know or haven't noticed yet, the umpire is no longer positioned in the middle of the defense.
For his protection, the league has moved him behind the offense.
This new positioning is a hindrance to the hurry-up style of offense that the Colts use. The offense has to wait until the umpire (who sets the ball) is in position before they can snap the ball.
Because the umpire has to go through the offensive line and line up behind and off-center of the quarterback, it takes a few more seconds than before, when he'd set the ball and jog back a few steps.
Last week the Colts snapped the ball in the midst of their hurry-up and were flagged.
Manning had this to say about the new rule:
"If we had this rule last year there's no way we catch up in that New England game. We we...

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