Colts notebook: Manning, Caldwell say they will adjust to NFL's positioning of the umpire
Peyton Manning took a "let's play" approach to the NFL's latest tweaks to its repositioning of the umpire.
"They finally made it official, and those are the rules so cheap nfl jerseys
we'll just play ball with the rules as they are," the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said Wednesday.
The high incidence of collisions and injuries to umpires prompted the NFL to shift them during the offseason from their traditional location in the middle of the defense to a position 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the offensive backfield.
The time required for the umpire to get into position caused problems for teams in hurry-up mode or trying to go with a quick snap during the preseason. It was an issue for the Colts' no-huddle offense at Green Bay. They were delayed at times and twice penalized for illegal snaps.
A Tuesday memo informed teams the umpire now must only get behind the deepest offensive player -- closer to 12 yards -- and he need not be established in his position before the head linesman or field judge signals the football can be snapped. The umpire also will return to his traditional spot behind the linebackers for the final two minutes of the first half, the final five minutes of the game and any time the offense is at or inside the opponent's 5-yard line.
"I anticipate that it will probably be more Indianapolis Colts jersey
like the first two games that we had in terms of preseason, where the mechanics were such that it did not slow us down in terms of how we typically operate our offense," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said.
That is not to say, the coach emphasized, it will prove to be much ado about nothing over the long haul.
"I'm not certain about that," he said. "All I know is we have to play with it this fall, and our job is to win games so we have to make adjustments sometimes."
The Tuesday memo said officials have the discretion of issuing a warning rather than imposing a 5-yard penalty. Manning emphasized that's only an option.
"They can give a warning, I think out of the goodness of the referee's heart, but they don't have to give you a warning," he said. "It's like they'll tell the left tackle, 'Hey, you've got to scoot up a little bit.' They don't have to tell you; they'll just flag you."
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And the winner is?
No one is saying.
"I guess we'll get an answer Sunday," wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez said of the identity of the Colts' punt returner when they open the season at Houston.
"Not sure yet," Devin Moore shrugged. "I think I'll be returning kickoffs."