NFL considers “Peyton Manning Rule” against falling down, getting up and throwing a pass

AP

Call it the Peyton Manning Rule.

The NFL is considering a rule that would make it illegal for quarterbacks to fall to the ground, get up, and throw a forward pass. That rule is obviously a reaction to the controversial play in this year’s playoffs, when Manning fell down in what appeared to be an attempt to give himself up to avoid a sack, then got up and completed a pass.

The victims in that case were the Steelers, but they’re not the ones who proposed the rules change. It was Kansas City that made the proposed rules change. The NFL’s 32 owners will vote on that rule proposal at next week’s league meeting.

All 19 proposed rules changes can be viewed right here.

67 responses to “NFL considers “Peyton Manning Rule” against falling down, getting up and throwing a pass

  1. Manning should have been ruled down. Period.

    But that wasn’t part of the script.

  2. That’s what we need.. make it even more confusing than it already is. Instead of just saying if you are not touched, you are not down. Maybe if your shoe laces are not tied on the opposite of your plant foot, you can throw, but only if it’s not a spiral. Then, it’s only a catch if your receiver goes takes 2 full steps but then juggles and drops the ball as they are standing up.

  3. This proposed rule change will officially take the place of the original “Peyton Manning Rule” which is: Do not sit on a female trainer’s face without permission, even if it seems really funny at the time.

  4. If a player willingly gives himself up he should be down… not sure why the NFL needs the rule when its already in place. What they need to do is make the call.

  5. Make a rule based on a smart play that a dumb defender should have known you need to touch him when he goes down in order for the play to be complete? Sounds like Goodell logic.

  6. NFL considers “Eddie Lacy Rule” against stumbling, falling down, getting up, and running again.

  7. don’t really understand this – so, even though it wasn’t really an illegitimate play to begin with, that the refs should have called him down immediately, now they are going to make it “illegal” if the qb pops up and throws what is essentially a dead ball. why? is it illegal to throw the ball after running out of bounds? No – I don’t think so anyway, just make the call, it’s not that difficult.

  8. I remember seeing this play, but correct me if I’m wrong : If he goes down behind the line of scrimmage – like he did & nobody on the defense bothered to touch him while down – why are we even talking about this as rule change ! It was a LIVE play…until the whistle blows or he’s down by contact – he could do whatever he wanted too with the football!!

  9. They need to “change” the rule, so it looks like they didn’t miss the call. That play and the Steelers fumble were the two biggest plays of that game that swung it in Denver’s favour.

  10. If the Steelers didn’t understand the rules, they shouldn’t have been on the field. Whining about it later is undignified and nothing more than sour grapes. Shame on them.

  11. Slipping or falling down is different than a QB giving themselves up. If a QB gives themselves up they should be ruled down touched or not, either that or take out the rule that allows them to give themselves up and be immune from a hit. An obvious slip shouldn’t kill a play

  12. Or just admit the refs got the existing rules wrong when they failed to call the play ended when Manning gave himself up. If you are going to protect a QB by allowing him to go down to avoid a tackle, you can’t then say he wasn’t down because he wasn’t tackled. He clearly went down in the process of avoiding a tackle, it wasn’t a mere stumble away from any tacklers. Refs screwed up and the league’s response to it is more dumbness.

  13. I thought that play was crap when it happened, and it will annoy the crap out of me of if they’ll make a rule based on it now when it’s too late. Remember when Washington’s Doug Williams gave himself up in the super bowl against the Broncos, ironically?! Same stupid thing, refs!

    You clowns who think the NFL panders to Pittsburgh are 100% wrong and 180 degrees in the wrong direction wrong. I think Goodell hates the Patriots and the Steelers more than anyone. When the Steelers were the only team to vote against the last collective bargaining agreement, the heavily fined James Harrison said he wouldn’t urinate on Goodell to put out a fire. Well, I’d do it, and he doesn’t even need to be on fire!

    If a genie ever gives me three wishes, it’ll be world peace, lifetime free chicken tacos, and to punch Roger Goodell in his noise hole lol

    Go Steelers!

  14. Notice all the new barnyard rules are the direct result of perceived wrongs for the Steelers? You can’t say Goodell is a Rooney toadie.

  15. He didn’t as smith writes “Manning fell down in what appeared to be an attempt to give himself up to avoid a sack”. He wasn’t touched. He ran forward to avoid the rusher and in the process fell down. He immediately got back up. Defenders should’ve kept going for him. I don’t see how you can say this was a play that should have been whistled dead.

    It’s almost the same as saying well there’s 6 guys on the RB, but he’s still moving, so we’ll whistle the play dead even though he could get 3 or more yards.

  16. As the Panthers found out, Peyton is allowed to fall down, get touched, and then still get back up and throw passes. If he hadn’t retired, next year the refs probably would have been instructed to call dropped passes completions anyway, because that’s what he intended to do.

  17. I don’t think an accidental slip, contact with a RB should make you down, but anyone who saw the play knew what Peyton was doing.

    Unfortunately for the Steelers they forgot the minor detail of PLAYING TO THE WHISTLE.

  18. Yes, because changing the rules in a knee jerk reaction to a single event has been working out so well for the NFL thus far; might as well keep on doing it.

  19. Probably needed, though it is a simple matter of a QB being consistently called down by the officials whenever his knee touches the ground. See also: Kirk Cousins and his brain cramp last season. With aged, decrepit QBs like Manning it is necessary to protect their brittle bodies.

  20. 1. This doesn’t happen enough to warrant a rule change.
    2. Touch any player with the ball that goes to the ground (surely the coaches go over that in practice?)

  21. Shouldn’t be able to just ‘give up’ and lay on the ground. Team should’ve been able take a shot to ‘down’ him.

  22. Not a Steeler fan, but that was a poor call by the officials. Manning folded like a cheap suitcase, then got up and made a play. Play should’ve been called as he gave himself up.

  23. No. As in “Hail NO!!”
    If your defensive players aren’t smart enough to figure it out then get smarter players.

    next thing ya know they’ll try ta outlaw the Fumlberooski…..

  24. He didn’t “fall down,” he gave himself up.

    At which point he should have been ruled down.

    There is no new rule needed, just officials to properly call the rule as it is currently.

  25. ………….is it me or has everyone involved in the NFL FORGOTTEN the basic rules of football? A play is LIVE until a defensive player TOUCHs or tackles the offensive player. This nonsense has to STOP. If you want too keep changing the BASIC rules of the game STOP calling it football. Call it something else, touchball, semi-handball, outdoor arenaball……anything BUT FOOTBALL. ALL football fans KNOW the rules and how it’s suppose to played.

  26. He gave himself up – the whistle should have blown – Blah Blah….It didn’t & he did what a good player does – HE KEPT PLAYING….end of story !

  27. ……and while I’m on a rant…that includes what a catch is….it was pretty obvious until that ref ruled Calvin Johnson didn’t catch the winning TD several years back. That’s what started the whole “what-is-a-catch?” mess. It’s simple. Two feet down, and player has the ball in his hands. Pretty simple.

  28. Watched Russell Wilson do that in a game. He fell down, defense let up a little, he got back up and threw for a first down. I think it was 4th down and Seattle was behind in that game. If I remember correctly, it was the playoff game against the Vikings. Had a rule like that been in place, the Vikings would have won the playoff game.

  29. Then, tripping and falling down or giving your self up will become a judgement call and the kickers and quarterbacks can practice their acting lessons together.

  30. Now I suppose somebody will call for the Marino “Fake Spike” Rule… where if you motion to the offensive players like your gonna spike it & you don’t – you get a 15 Yard Unsportsman Like Penalty !

  31. If he had been touched after going down there would have been a flag and Denver would have gotten the 1st down anyway.

    Grow up people, this was the same BS as the Ray Lewis sendoff year. Did anyone actually think that Manning wouldn’t get his second ring?

  32. Falling down, buckets of HGH, doesn’t mean anything if you’re the right player for the right team.

    Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is VILE

    Goodell must go

  33. I 100% agree. If a QB hits the deck and gives himself up, he should not then be allowed to get up and throw a pass. What a joke it is that they allowed Manning to throw that pass. I remember Manning laying down like 4 times against the Chiefs last year.

  34. It’s simple.

    If you slide/give yourself up, you’re down.

    If you get back up and attempt to make a football move, it’s a penalty from the spot where you gave yourself up.

    It’s the same as if you call a fair catch and then attempt to return the ball. 5 yard penalty for delay of game.

  35. I realize that a team that orders its coaches to pull hair and pick fights out on the field doesn’t really understand how the game is played but come on — the guy fell down and he got up. Happens all the time. Quit crying about it already.

  36. It has to be a judgment call of the ref. Some times a QB stumbles while dropping back. I’ve seen Guards step on a QBs foot, for example.

  37. He always just flopped — it was how he avoided big hits his entire career.

    For everyone else, according to the NFL, they were giving themselves up immediately. For Peyton Manning, it depended on the situation..

  38. If he did the same motion past the line of scrimmage he would of been ruled down. He slid legs first. I don’t understand the people saying he has to be touched no he doesn’t.

  39. Steeler fans are so funny. They have about the same I.Q. as their players and coaches. I was taught in Pop Warner football to touch a gut when he goes down or he is still live. They need better coaching and smarter players!

  40. HOLY CRAP NFL!!! I watched that game and I remember that play vividly. Manning didn’t “slide” or appear to be “giving up” on the play at any point. He ducked an edge rusher that was coming at him high and in doing so, his old ass knees couldn’t take it and he went to the ground untouched.

    I don’t know what version of football you want, but if this is seriously something people are complaining about, then we need to just put pink jersey’s on all QB’s and make it so they are down whenever a defender breaths on them.

  41. If Manning had gotten up and was leveled by a big linebacker, everyone would have been screaming that he was down. Lets be real, he gave himself up to avoid the hit. He should have been down, touched or not.

  42. Please. You all KNOW Manning went down to AVOID GETTING HIT. He was old, slow and washed up and didn’t want to take another hit. Anyone with a brain could see that.

    That being said there is no need for a confusing rule change. Just enforce the rule that if a someone gives themselves up they are DOWN.

  43. He never gave himself up. The writer says he did so everyone just assumes he must have. When a quarterback gives himself up its feet first. That play was far from feet first. He was making a (non)athletic move to get out of the pocket and stumbled. Nobody touched him and the DB’s gave up on the play. One of the first things you learn in football is to keep playing till you hear a whistle. Peyton did!! Steelers didn’t!!

  44. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 17, 2016 2:39 PM
    If the Steelers didn’t understand the rules, they shouldn’t have been on the field. Whining about it later is undignified and nothing more than sour grapes. Shame on them.

    Read the article numbnuts. The CHIEFS are the ones asking for the rule change, NOT the Steelers.

  45. Why is it necessary to completely idiot-proof the league? He falls down and he should have been touched by the defender. Peyton actually made a heads up play in a playoff game. That’s like banning a fake spike because Dan Marino faked out the defense on a fake spike and touchdown.

    Seriously? Why not coach up the players better? Play till the whistle.

  46. Everyone saying to “play through the whistle” — that’s also extremely subjective, and a large percentage of personal fouls happen to guys who were playing until the whistle sounded. In a sport like football, where officials have an extreme impact on the game, you still can’t know.

  47. Peyton Clearly Slipped and got up and Completed the Pass! Great Play By a Great Quarterback and Clearly the RIGHT CALL!!!

    We have enough STUPID Football rules. Kind of like Big Government and the Stupid Democrats!!! Keep it a Judgement Call!!!

    By the Way Peyton Will Make a Comback in July and Play Two More Years! He will be the First Three Peat Superbowl Winner in NFL History! 600+ TD’s and 80,000 + Yards Passing! The GOAT!!!

  48. Peyton Clearly Slipped and got up and Completed the Pass! Great Play By a Great Quarterback and Clearly the RIGHT CALL!!!

    We have enough STUPID Football rules. Kind of like Big Government and the Stupid Democrats!!! Keep it a Judgement Call!!!

    By the Way Peyton Will Make a Comback in July and Play Two More Years! He will be the First Three Peat Superbowl Winner in NFL History! 600+ TD’s and 80,000 + Yards Passing! The GOAT!!!.

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