The NFL Adjusts the Umpire’s Position Again

September 2, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL had moved the umpire for safety's sake to behind the deepest running back on the offensive side of the ball, instead of his old position which was in the middle of the defense.
All was going well in this new transition until last weeks Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts game where the Colts were flagged for an illegal snap because they had not waited until the umpire was in position.
Usually quite Peyton Manning sounded off about the rule, commenting that the Colts comeback against the New England Patriots would not have happened if this rule was in place last season due to the extra time it takes for the umpire to get into position.
With the new rule the umpire does move to his old position in the middle of the defense during the last two-minutes of each half.
However, after complaints from Manning and Colts' general manager Bill Polian the league met on the new rule.
In tonight's preseason finalies the umpires will move to their old positions ...

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