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NFL appeases Peyton Manning regarding umpires

09.07.10 at 5:13 pm ET
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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t happy with the placement and duties of umpires in the preseason, as they made it difficult for teams to utilize no-huddle offenses, something Manning has mastered in his career. With quarterbacks having to check with umpires before being able to snap the ball, Manning was flagged in an August 26 game in which he took the ball illegally.

“The one [illegal snap] on me I thought was ridiculous, down there by the goal line when you’re snapping the ball to keep them from potentially getting a replay,” Manning said after the game, a loss to the Packers. “Also, they are unsettled. To throw a 5-yard penalty is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. So I think that’s one thing that will be re-evaluated — at least a do-over of some sort, or a warning. But a 5-yard penalty? That’s ridiculous.”

The NFL corrected the rules by making it so the quarterback can snap the ball once the umpire is behind the deepest running back, according to the Associated Press. Also, after being positioned 15 yards from the line of scrimmage once the ball was snapped in preseason, umps will now work from 12 yards away.

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