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Quarterbacks need to watch their gestures

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With Peyton Manning hitting the road for the first time as a member of the Broncos and venturing into a domed stadium, he may be tempted to deal with the noise by flailing his arms and stomping his feet and otherwise gesticulating in the way he typically does when shouting words like “Omaha!”

However, he needs to dial it back this year.

As explained by Falcons president Rich McKay to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, quarterbacks will draw flags if they make sudden movements that simulate the snap of the ball.

“This wasn’t a rule change, this was a point of emphasis this year,” McKay said. “[Simulating a snap] could include a tight end, a running back and, in this case, the point of emphasis was on quarterbacks and their use of thrusting their hands and making quick and sudden movements.

“The reason was they drew some offsides penalties last year that defensive players and defensive coaches, rightly, said crossed the line.  We emphasized that you are not allowed to have a sudden movement, and you are not allowed to simulate the start of a play.”

Though it’s informally been dubbed the “Peyton Manning Rule,” McKay’s quarterback, Matt Ryan, was flagged for the infraction last week, at Kansas City.  Ryan and Manning will square off Monday night in the Superdome.

“We were very focused as a league in allowing quarterbacks to execute the silent count,” McKay said. “What you saw people doing was raising their leg once, then raising their leg twice, and ways to communicate so defenses couldn’t just tee off on the offense. But what happened, you started seeing quarterbacks move their hands forward, and a lot of different things that we sudden movements that were not allowed under our rules.”

So the best advice for quarterbacks?  Act like there’s a cougar in your car.

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12 Responses to “Quarterbacks need to watch their gestures”
  1. tdk24 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    Why are the broncos vs falcons in the superdome?

  2. bengalsredgreenshow says: Sep 16, 2012 11:02 AM

    They cant be calm, theres a damn cougar in the car!

  3. robf2010 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:07 AM

    “Ryan and Manning will square off Monday night in the Superdome.”

    Georgia Dome perhaps?

  4. redskinsrt says: Sep 16, 2012 11:13 AM

    Georgia Dome maybe?

  5. FinFan68 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:13 AM

    Marino used to get flagged for this because his shoulders/head dropped or moved forward suddenly while barking out stuff while in shotgun. This is not anything new.

    Question: Ever seen a QB in shotgun run up behind the center to change the protection? How is it that moving one’s entire body suddenly forward is fine but twitch the hands or leg and it is a foul?

  6. rascalmanny says: Sep 16, 2012 11:15 AM

    Really? This is a rule? Unreal.

    “Peyton made me jump, ref.”

    wow…….

  7. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 16, 2012 11:26 AM

    Peyton Manning – that bombastic egomaniac – is always looking for ways to violate the rules and gain an unfair advantage!

  8. ghjjf says: Sep 16, 2012 11:27 AM

    “Ryan and Manning will square off Monday night in the Superdome.”

    Did the megalomaniac Manning request that the game be played there instead of Atlanta?

  9. mjkelly77 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:58 AM

    With no more histrionics allowed and no arm left, I think manning is done for sure.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Sep 16, 2012 11:59 AM

    tdk24 says:Sep 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    Why are the broncos vs falcons in the superdome?
    ________________

    Because manning can’t play outdoors. He gets too chilly.

  11. jlb10 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    GOOD! they should be flagged for this. waaay too much of this bs goes on. about time it became a point of emphasis

  12. seabronco says: Sep 16, 2012 12:53 PM

    @mjkelly77
    Because manning can’t play outdoors. He gets too chilly.

    Last time I saw him wasn’t he shredding the steelers outdoors??

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