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League officially announces "do over" rule

The NFL formally has announced the rule that will apply to the Cowboys video board in 2009.

Here’s the official text of the new rule.

1. If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.

2. If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning. If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Assistant, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.

3. In the event the down is replayed:
(a) The game clock will be reset to the time remaining when the snap occurred.
(b) All penalties will be disregarded, except for personal fouls which will be administered prior to replaying the down.

So there you have it. The board won’t be moved during the 2009 season.

“We will continue to address the particular circumstances in Dallas, giving full consideration to the competitive, safety and fan experience issues involved,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the news release.  “The Cowboys have been fully cooperative as we have addressed this subject, and we will continue to work closely with the club on a longer term resolution.”

We’ll defer our opinions regarding this matter to the next set of PFTV segments, which we’ll be shooting later today.  In the interim, we invite PFT Planet to sound off.

Actually, you already have been.  We hope we haven’t interrupted your rhythm.

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64 Responses to “League officially announces "do over" rule”
  1. Zidane Valor says: Aug 28, 2009 10:45 AM

    By the way, for anyone who may suggest that this is a home field advantage for Dallas, the second leading punter in terms of average last year (before he got injured against Arizona) was…Mat McBriar, the punter for Dallas. So this may actually HURT Dallas.

  2. Buschman says: Aug 28, 2009 10:45 AM

    That’s ridiculous. I can’t wait until a do-over leads to a blocked punt or an injury.

  3. Catamount says: Aug 28, 2009 10:47 AM

    Leave it up to a self-absorbed slime ball like Jerry Jones to continue his quest to turn the NFL into a freakish sideshow. He knows he has ordered so many close-ups of him throughout the games–how else can the lowly masses worship him. Besides that, if he really fancied himself to be so alluring that people would want to look at his head magnified 2000 times, you’d think he’d drop a few coins on some dental work and plastic surgery. What a peice of rotted crap.

  4. Hugh says: Aug 28, 2009 10:49 AM

    Waits for Vox to tell everyone the game clock wont be reset. Way to screw up the game with your ego, Jerry.

  5. Eli says: Aug 28, 2009 10:49 AM

    QUESTION.
    What happens if say… Shane Lechler because of where he is punting from hits it 5, 6, 7 times in a row?
    He would not only be wearing his leg out but in fact RISKING INJURY by…
    A). being forced to punt repeatedly.
    B). being run into by the opposing team.
    ALSO, what happens to a team that goes to punt, it hit’s the board and the very next time they go to punt the opponents special teams blocks the punt and recovers the Ball!!?!!
    The NFL is run by MORONS.

  6. Yak says: Aug 28, 2009 10:52 AM

    “Actually, you already have been. We hope we haven’t interrupted your rhythm.”
    Thanks for screwing with our rhythm, Mike “Vick” Florio.
    Sincerely,
    D. McNabb

  7. DisplayName says: Aug 28, 2009 10:53 AM

    CAR!!!

  8. hayward giablommi says: Aug 28, 2009 10:54 AM

    This embarassing experiment will last one year and one year only.

  9. virtueandvice says: Aug 28, 2009 10:55 AM

    Bet you the first time the Cowboys lose a game because their punter has to hit a low, line drive kick that gets returned deep in Cowboy territory late in a game instead of a high hang time punt to pin an opponent deep it will get raised. JJ is such a f@#$%^& douchbag. Part of the gameday experience is watching the ACTUAL GAME as it is taking place on the field, not paying $250 to watch some large tv. I hope the above scenario happens over and over so the cameras will show Jerry’s face as his team goes down to defeat because they can’t execute a basic piece of strategy because his big tv is in the way.

  10. j0hnny63 says: Aug 28, 2009 10:58 AM

    No time left on the clock, Cowboys down by 6, heavy pressure on Romo, he’s backed into a corner. Barring any unforseen cirumstances, it looks like this one is over…
    But wait! Romo fires the ball into the video board!

  11. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 28, 2009 11:00 AM

    TOTALLY LAME ASS MOVE by the NFL.

  12. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:01 AM

    “By the way, for anyone who may suggest that this is a home field advantage for Dallas, the second leading punter in terms of average last year (before he got injured against Arizona) was…Mat McBriar, the punter for Dallas. So this may actually HURT Dallas.”
    McBriar has already had a pretty good night of punting (long punts of 47, 63, 55 and 46 yards, plus a couple of shorter types that pinned the Titans inside their own 20) in the stadium, and he’s said that the screens are not a problem for him and that if he ever hit it it would be because he didn’t kick it right.

  13. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Aug 28, 2009 11:03 AM

    League officially announces “bend-over rule”
    /fixed

  14. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:03 AM

    “What happens if say… Shane Lechler because of where he is punting from hits it 5, 6, 7 times in a row?”
    Then the Raiders need to get themselves a real, NFL-quality punter that has better control than that.

  15. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:05 AM

    “ALSO, what happens to a team that goes to punt, it hit’s the board and the very next time they go to punt the opponents special teams blocks the punt and recovers the Ball!!?!!”
    Um uhhh gee anybody got a rulebook? You and that guy that didn’t know the fair catch rules need to get together and see if you can stumble upon the correct answer completely by accident.

  16. Zidane Valor says: Aug 28, 2009 11:05 AM

    Mat McBriar
    2008: 49.0 yds/punt
    2007: 47.1 yds/punt
    2006: 48.2 yds/punt
    Shane Lechler
    2008: 48.8 yds/punt
    2007: 49.1 yds/punt
    2006: 47.5 yds/punt
    Whatever problems Lechler will have are going to be the same problems that McBriar will have. It may be even worse for McBriar because he’s coming off of a season ending broken foot last year. And we know McBriar can still boom it, because he averaged 51.8 yds/punt in five punts @ Oakland.

  17. ragin40 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:05 AM

    This is bullshit, lechler will bring pieces of that tv down, get real thr so will the chargers punter….

  18. bloodystupidjohnson says: Aug 28, 2009 11:10 AM

    This is crazy. You spend $1.2 billion for this “palace”, you have Mort and the other “journalists” drooling over its magnificence, and you have to have special rules because of bloodystupid design. My namestake would have been proud.

  19. Murph says: Aug 28, 2009 11:11 AM

    This will sure beat spiking the ball or throwing the ball out of bounds. QB’s targeting that thing will be the new time out/escape from pressure.

  20. Big Stretch says: Aug 28, 2009 11:14 AM

    hopefully someone hits the video board and it explodes like when Roy Hobbs destroyed that scoreboard to beat the Pirates in the 9th inning.

  21. NAACPNOFRIENDOMINE says: Aug 28, 2009 11:16 AM

    Buulshit! Jones has way too much influence in comparison to the other owners.

  22. SoCalSean says: Aug 28, 2009 11:17 AM

    If you go to the game, watch the game! Not some small d*ck typical Texas sized TV in the middle of the field.

  23. nationscapital10 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:18 AM

    Why are all you morons allowing Florio to incite you? When someone hits the board, we will visit it at that time, for now..Mcbriar is the Cowboys punter and has not hit it in 2 games. The only loser to hit it, is a punk titans rookie who will not be in NFL when this new rule takes effect. So calm down, lets watch football and enjoy….
    Denver has mile high air..I think they should pump oxygen into stadium…its only fair.
    The dolphins should be forced to put grass on the baseball diamond in Dolphins stadium..the dirt makes it unfair
    Seattle pumps noise into their stadium and calls it the 12th man.
    Now the cowboys have a 12th man, and his name is video board.

  24. High Spyder says: Aug 28, 2009 11:21 AM

    Arrogance. Pure arrogance.

  25. kingart27 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:22 AM

    Umm Eli I think the punters themselves would just punt a line drive before it ever came to hitting the tvs that many times in a row. What you really have to worry about is the gunners being gassed aftert their first sprint and getting hurt cause they cant go full speed the next time or god forbid a third.

  26. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 28, 2009 11:24 AM

    If Jerry Jones can get a “do over” for his face–(and really, isn’t that what plastic surgery is?)–then why NOT for his phallic-compensating, enormous amazing sparkling bells & whistles-laden technoglorious Gizmotron 5000?
    Do-over.
    I just like to say that…
    Growing up, whenever a do-over was called for on the playground, the automatic response was:
    Do-over YOUR MOM.
    I think that’s what they should say whenever the rule is in effect this year. Platers, coaches, refs, announcers, whoever.
    P.S. “We hope we haven’t interrupted your rhythm.”
    That’s what she said.

  27. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:25 AM

    “No time left on the clock, Cowboys down by 6, heavy pressure on Romo, he’s backed into a corner. Barring any unforseen cirumstances, it looks like this one is over…
    But wait! Romo fires the ball into the video board!”
    “Intentional grounding will be called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage due to pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.”
    Why are you tards having problems with the rules?

  28. Orange Turtle says: Aug 28, 2009 11:25 AM

    Let the potato tossing continue….

  29. Silly Burrito says: Aug 28, 2009 11:26 AM

    So is this just for punting? What’s to stop a QB from rescuing a busted play by simply chunking it at the scoreboard? If they can reach, that beats throwing it out of bounds as you get to replay the down. And, who’s to say that it’s intentional? You could be simply throwing a reallllly high pass!

  30. superfan99 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:27 AM

    Florio should put a counter on the site that keeps track of how many times the scoreboard is hit.

  31. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:27 AM

    “And we know McBriar can still boom it, because he averaged 51.8 yds/punt in five punts @ Oakland.”
    Notice he didn’t hit the boards.

  32. bearsfan says: Aug 28, 2009 11:28 AM

    “hopefully someone hits the video board and it explodes like when Roy Hobbs destroyed that scoreboard to beat the Pirates in the 9th inning.”
    ——————–
    Pretty astute analogy for the PFT crowd. I hope it’s not lost on most of them.

  33. johnny96 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:28 AM

    Hmmm…
    Not a Jerry Jones fan, but just something to chew on.
    NFL height limit rule is 85 feet
    JJ puts board up at 90 feet.
    Looks like Jerry is above the limit set by the NFL.
    As for JJ not raising the board, that is another issue.

  34. wydok says: Aug 28, 2009 11:30 AM

    It’s a problem of foresight on the part of the NFL that they didn’t reset the height requirements in recent years.
    I bet it gets changed at the next annual meeting…

  35. Eli says: Aug 28, 2009 11:34 AM

    @Vox
    I was using Lechler as an example.
    Q: What happens if YOUR teams punter hits it repeatedly?
    A: (from Vox) Oh, I’m a moron.
    Also, you don’t comprehended very well do you?
    Slow down for a moment idiot.
    If the punter on YOUR team punts the ball and it hit’s the scoreboard here is what happens per the league rules that where, gee, just posted?!
    1. If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.
    Which means Vox (hopefully this time your paying attention), if it’s BLOCKED and recovered for a fumble on the ensuing play, that means YOUR team got screwed by a scoreboard that should have been moved in the first place, dummy.

  36. Florios_a_tool says: Aug 28, 2009 11:35 AM

    Dear Jerry,
    They will tell tales of your legendary f*ckwittery long after you die.

  37. leatherneck says: Aug 28, 2009 11:36 AM

    I wish punters were given a larger role in the game.

  38. sonvar says: Aug 28, 2009 11:37 AM

    All I have to say is really this hurts the cowboys more than anyone as their punter has to deal with this for 8 games at least. Any other team will deal with it one and possibly two times depending how playoffs work out. I feel sorry for Mat McBriar cause I think his punting average is about to hit a career low.
    On a whole the rule wasn’t well thought out and to me seems more like the NFL wasn’t willing to pony up the money to move Jerry’s HD screens. And I do believe if it is moved the NFL should pay for it since they approved the stadium plans which I agree with Jerry is not his fault.

  39. Jazzo says: Aug 28, 2009 11:44 AM

    Any moron that thinks a QB that is about to get sacked can hit the scoreboard 90 feet in the air is just that, a moron

  40. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 11:45 AM

    “Q: What happens if YOUR teams punter hits it repeatedly?”
    A: Then they need a new punter. Punting is not as random a process as you seem to think it is.
    Don’t try to answer for me. You don’t have the chops to pull it off.
    “If the punter on YOUR team punts the ball and…”
    The rules are the same for both teams, clodhopper.

  41. hrmlss says: Aug 28, 2009 11:48 AM

    Why in the hell didn’t this palace have some kind quick winch system built in, so when they have concerts or political conventions, etc they could set up for it, then get back to game height. Spend 1.2 billion and skimp on that.

  42. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:55 AM

    QUESTION.
    What happens if say… Shane Lechler because of where he is punting from hits it 5, 6, 7 times in a row?
    He would not only be wearing his leg out but in fact RISKING INJURY by…
    A). being forced to punt repeatedly.
    B). being run into by the opposing team.
    ALSO, what happens to a team that goes to punt, it hit’s the board and the very next time they go to punt the opponents special teams blocks the punt and recovers the Ball!!?!!
    The NFL is run by MORONS.
    ————————–
    I was thinking the exact same thing. That Thanksgiving night game could take 8 hours to play. With the Raiders’ luck I would be shocked if they don’t lose that game on getting a redo punt blocked and returned for a TD.
    Also, it’s not just the punter that risks injury but virtually every other player on the field. Ever watch the gunners get beat down by the two guys blocking them? How’d you like to do that 2, 3, 4 plays in a row.
    I did hear something about U2 doing a show there in early October and they’re going to pay to have the board raised to accomodate their huge stage. Anyone know if that’s true or know if the Cowboys will leave it raised after that?

  43. troll_aikman8 says: Aug 28, 2009 11:59 AM

    Jerry Jones not only has made the rest of the league owners far wealthier than they would’ve been without him, he’s also the head of NFL Network commission.
    If you think Jerry is just another owner and has to play by the same rules then you’re very stupid.
    Jerry Jones made the NFL what is today. You can begin thanking him in 3…2…1…

  44. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 28, 2009 12:04 PM

    # VoxVeritas says: August 28, 2009 11:27 AM
    “And we know McBriar can still boom it, because he averaged 51.8 yds/punt in five punts @ Oakland.”
    Notice he didn’t hit the boards.
    ————————-
    Of course he didn’t hit the boards. Would’ve been damn impressive if he hit the boards in Dallas while punting in Oakland.

  45. BRYAN_NELMS says: Aug 28, 2009 12:05 PM

    Vox Veritas,
    Do you work for the Cowboys or something? What employer would let you sit around and post on this site all morning.
    Maybe you don’t have a job since your mom doesn’t charge rent to live in her basement.

  46. Hugh says: Aug 28, 2009 12:08 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    August 28, 2009 11:25 AM
    “Why are you tards having problems with the rules?”
    I asked the same question when you said the clock wouldn’t be reset, oh official rule book retard boy.

  47. Chitown says: Aug 28, 2009 12:11 PM

    If the stories are true U2 is moving the thing later this year. This is just a way for the NFL to get out of paying for it. U2 is going to pay for it to be moved, but instead of just moving it they are going to make it adjustable so it can be moved up and down. By doing this the NFL and Jerry get out of paying for it. I still think the thing looks like a giant Dingle Berry as one reader posted a few days back.

  48. ONSLAUGHT says: Aug 28, 2009 12:15 PM

    Youve gotta be kidding me???? Just because its Jerry Jones!!! Any other owner would have to move the damn thing…. Cowboys Suck!

  49. riceburner says: Aug 28, 2009 12:16 PM

    HEY GOODELL OF COURSE THE COWBOYS ARE COOPERATING – YOU ARE DOING WHAT THEY WANT!!! GROW SOME BALLS ON THIS AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE GAME AND HAVE JONES MOVE THE EFFING BOARD UP, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. THIS IS THE STUPIDEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD. AND YES I AM YELLING.

  50. rmns828 says: Aug 28, 2009 12:25 PM

    Even though I’m a Cowboys fan, I’ll be the first to admit that the “do-over” rule is crap. There are too many issues involved for that to be and adequate resolution to the problem. If, however, the league did approve the design and the placement of the board, then the league should be the one to front the money that it will cost to raise the board. I would totally understand if that was Jerry’s stance. Now, if Jerry’s just being Jerry and keeping it there for the aesthetics, he should get over it. What’s another 10-15 feet? The thing is huge. It’s not going to make much difference.

  51. Patriot Fan says: Aug 28, 2009 12:29 PM

    unfrickinbelievable. NFL is about to lose me as a fan. Goodell is an asskisser…first with Vick and now with this bullshit decision. What’s next? It’s not football anymore, it’s arena league. I am totally flabbergasted by this decision..really,….don’t know what else to say.

  52. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 12:29 PM

    “Why in the hell didn’t this palace have some kind quick winch system built in, so when they have concerts or political conventions, etc they could set up for it, then get back to game height. Spend 1.2 billion and skimp on that.”
    It does have a winch system, it’s just not installed yet.

  53. Eli says: Aug 28, 2009 12:35 PM

    @Vox
    Uh, yeah dipstick.
    I have watched a game or two in my time, I know what the rules are.
    No one else is having a hard time comprehending my posts with the lone of exception of YOU.
    Do me a favor here.
    Go get you and all your friends and pool your I.Q.’s together, THEN, come at me as one GIGANTIC moron.

  54. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 12:38 PM

    “Do you work for the Cowboys or something? What employer would let you sit around and post on this site all morning.”
    The Department of Defense. I know, it’s terrible. I sit here and I wait and I wait. Then I go do something that you couldn’t begin to wrap your head around and I wait some more. I was base beer pong champ before I found PFT and I’m not even in the military.

  55. SoCalSean says: Aug 28, 2009 12:54 PM

    this VoxVeritas lady is pretty temperamental

  56. StillMadAtSlobber says: Aug 28, 2009 1:23 PM

    # j0hnny63 says: August 28, 2009 10:58 AM
    No time left on the clock, Cowboys down by 6, heavy pressure on Romo, he’s backed into a corner. Barring any unforseen cirumstances, it looks like this one is over…
    But wait! Romo fires the ball into the video board!
    ___________________________________
    Lol. I would be surprised if Romo could throw a ball that high.

  57. Brownswin09 says: Aug 28, 2009 1:43 PM

    So since the rule isn’t to specific and just states that if the ball hits the scoreboard everything is reset and “done over”….. what happens if at the end of the game there is going to be a hail mary and when the QB sees that there is nobody open he just turns and throws the ball as hard as he can and hits the scoreboard???????

  58. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 28, 2009 1:48 PM

    I repeat:
    I can easily see them putting in a “Delay of Game” or “Unsportsmanlike” clause for those dumb goofy punters from Eastern Jackoffslavia or wherever they’re from who might think it’d be *neat* to hit the thing intentionally 20 times in a row…
    Listen:
    As far as I’m concerned, the Cowboys, JJ, Rom-oh-no and anyone or anything even remotely related to the Boys can all go suck each other’s brown stars dry
    (except, of course, when they play the BiQueens, Packers or Peegulls–then I love ‘em).
    But I take my hat off to Vox for holding his ground against all you clowns and your onslaught of nit-picking bitchery.
    Only dead fish swim with the current, Vox.
    So you do your thing, brother.

  59. VoxVeritas says: Aug 28, 2009 1:48 PM

    Sure, “SoCalSean”. Gayest PFT name ever.

  60. dogboy says: Aug 28, 2009 2:11 PM

    The hail mary issue is a good point. I suppose that is possible, but there’s little chance that a QB would hit that thing with a normal pass. Also, you’d probably have to be relatively deep in your own zone in order for the board to be close to the path of the football.
    Wonder if a high kickoff would be in danger of hitting it. That could be more dangerous IMO.

  61. BigMike60 says: Aug 28, 2009 2:25 PM

    I have another scenario and don’t know if it would be covered by the text above. Let’s say McNabb goes back to pass and after being chased around by the Cowboys defense he has no clear receiver and nowhere to run. Instead, he plants his foot and tosses the ball upward hitting the scoreboard. This would get him the down over to try again if it fits the rule. I could see several strong armed QBs being able to do this, exclude Pennington and Brady probably. Just wondering if that would apply?

  62. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 28, 2009 3:23 PM

    why do guys like jim johnson get cancer? jerry jones IS a cancer to football.
    keep killing the sport, jerruh

  63. Jackal138 says: Aug 28, 2009 3:25 PM

    rmns828 says: August 28, 2009 12:25 PM
    Even though I’m a Cowboys fan, I’ll be the first to admit that the “do-over” rule is crap.
    —————–
    A rational Cowboys fan? You, sir, need to stick around. We have too much Vox and killachap, dropping to their knees any time the names “Jones” or “Romo” get posted here.

  64. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 28, 2009 4:40 PM

    # BigMike60 says: August 28, 2009 2:25 PM
    I have another scenario and don’t know if it would be covered by the text above. Let’s say McNabb goes back to pass and after being chased around by the Cowboys defense he has no clear receiver and nowhere to run. Instead, he plants his foot and tosses the ball upward hitting the scoreboard. This would get him the down over to try again if it fits the rule. I could see several strong armed QBs being able to do this, exclude Pennington and Brady probably. Just wondering if that would apply?
    ——————–
    Brady? Tom Brady? He’s probably got one of the better arms in the NFL.

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