Offenses can run no-huddle offenses with a little more ease in the final preseason games Thursday. The NFL announced it will move umpires back to their old spots during the final five minutes of the games.
A new rule for 2010 calls for a new position for the umpires — from the middle of the defense to behind the deepest running back for safety reasons. Previously this preseason, they were in the old spot for only the final two minutes of each half.
Peyton Manning complained about the new positioning of the umpires last week after he was called twice for illegal snaps. With the new rule, quarterbacks have to wait until the umpires are in position to snap the ball, a deterrent to teams like the Colts that like to run no-huddle offenses outside the final two minutes of each half.
The NFL will re-evaluate the new policy following the preseason finales and possibly make the change permanent for the start of the regular season.
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