View Full Version : Well this could help with lack of holding calls against Silverback

03-23-2010, 06:59 PM
From "Roethlisberger's lifestyle affects career"
by John Clayton
(Note Clayton doesn't really say anything new about Big Ben but included in the article was the following. - mesa)

1. The least touched-upon story that could most impact the season could be the decision to move umpires to the offensive backfield. Umpires have positioned themselves a few yards behind the defensive line to get a good view of holding and offside calls. Last season, five umpires suffered injuries: two concussions, two knee injuries and one shoulder injury. NFL players have gotten bigger and stronger, while umpires have gotten older and slower.

Starting this season, umpires will align themselves on the offensive side about 12 to 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Don't underestimate the impact. For the past three seasons, offensive holding calls have been down. When holding calls are minimized, scoring goes up because quarterbacks aren't faced with as many first-and-20s and the game is played quicker. Last season, there were 1.84 holding calls per game. In 2010, umpires will be able to see holding better because they won't have to worry about dodging players coming at them. If they call more holding penalties, scoring could drop.

One thing umpires won't be able to do as well is spot defensive holding. That could force the back judge or another official to be on the lookout for that. A television issue also is involved: Networks use a sound mike on the umpire to pick up the quarterback's cadence. But with the umpire far behind the line of scrimmage, the mike won't be able to pick up as much of the call.

Finally, there could be long-term ramifications. The NFL has used bigger officials as umpires because they were in danger of collisions. The new positioning will force umpires to run more and may lead to a change in hiring procedures, as more mobile officials could be hired as umpires and then eventually become referees because they will share similar visions behind the offense.

03-23-2010, 07:51 PM
I like this rule, now the defense can gain a little advantage

03-23-2010, 08:14 PM
i like this one. It's fair.

03-24-2010, 11:49 AM
The thing that irritates me is how they that the cadence won't be picked up. Who gives a crap? Integrity of the game is more important than the dumb cadence being heard.

Also, scoring will drop. Well duh, if you're holding why would you NOT call it because the score will drop? If you hold, do you "deserver" to score?

God I can't stand that crap.

03-24-2010, 03:44 PM
With this rule chnage and the way the refs work Steeler Games... Harrison is more likely to get called for hands to the face and personal fouls and crap instaed oh holding on Olineman......

03-24-2010, 11:40 PM
Only time will tell to see how this new way will show.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-25-2010, 12:50 AM
Yeah, this should result in more calls. Then there will be more Steeler fans complaining about Starks, Kemo and Colon holding penalties.

Starks and Kemo just dont move their feet well, while Colon's short arms get outside the frame a lot and should get called more. So Harrison might get some calls, while our O line will not. This might be a good time to consider drafting an OT with some decent footwork.