Colts snap at illegal snaps

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

The Indianapolis Colts may have to rename their playbook “The Hurry Up — And Wait Offence”.

Quarterback Peyton Manning and general manager Bill Polian are still angry about the illegal snap penalties that were called in last week’s preseason game, saying that the league’s decision to move the umpires to the offensive side of the field could devastate their offence.

“I am dead-set against the penalty,’’ Polian told Peter King of SI.com. “It is insane. If I knew it would be this way, I’d have voted against it, and not only that, I’d have crusaded against it.’’

The new rule requires an offence to wait to snap the ball until the umpire is in position behind the running backs.

Manning has suggested that if the rule was in play last year the club never would’ve been able to mount their 21-point comeback against New England and that it will stifle any hurry-up offence.

The league instituted the rule to protect umpires from getting trampled by linebackers. Instead, they just get yelled at by quarterbacks and run over by speeding tailbacks and wildcat offences. Much (ouch!) better.


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