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All these teams that run hurry up offenses do the same thing. They rush to the line of scrimmage after the play so the defense can't substitute and then the whole offense get in their stance. Then they all stand back up and look to the sidelines to get the next play. How is the hell is that not a false start penalty? What would happen if the defensive line man start jumping into the zone when this happened? Do you think the refs would call offsides or a false start on the offense? I just cant understand how that is not a false start penalty.
As long as they never put their hand down, they aren't officially set.
"Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience"
Offensive tackles rarely put their hands on the ground during obvious passing plays and are called for a false start everytime they make any kind of a movement before the ball in snapped
It's either a hand down or set for 1 second prior to the snap.
Here is the answer and you're not going to like it. It's a "judgement call"
ARTICLE 4. a. If a snap is preceded by a huddle or shift, all players of the offensive team must come to an absolute stop and remain stationary in their positions, without movement of the feet, body, head or arms, for at least one full second before the ball is snapped (A.R. 7-1-4-I) [S20]. b. It is not intended that Rule 7-1-4-a should prohibit smooth, rhythmical shifts if properly executed. A smooth cadence shift or unhurried motion is not an infraction. However, it is the responsibility of an offensive player who moves before the snap to do so in a manner that in no way simulates the beginning of a play. After the ball is ready for play and all players are in scrimmage formation, no offensive player shall make a quick, jerky movement before the snap, including but not limited to (A.R. 7-1-4-II-IV): 1. A lineman moving his foot, shoulder, arm, body or head in a quick, jerky motion in any direction [S19].
The way it reads a receiver still in motion at the snap of the ball is illegal? Then it says it is not meant to prohibit smooth rhythmical shifts if properly executed...so that means they don't actually have to come set for a full second a long as they dont move towards the line of scrimmage?
The rule is confusing but leaves a lot of room for an official to just make a judgement call. An OL popping his head up to look at the sideline appears to be a "sudden"movement but the spread offense as a whole is intended to push the limits and force opposing teams and officials to make quick decisions.
Listened to 1st half of Oregon the other night on the Cal network and they were losing their minds because the officials were allowing Oregon to snap the ball before the chains were moved. Once again, just like holding and false starts, they are allowing spread teams to push the limits. I fully expect there to be major push from coaches this offseason for the spread teams to be watched more closely.
This post was edited by BuriedAlive14 20 months ago
So on the Neutral Zone infraction by Tyler Hayes, the refs would have been within the rules by calling the upback for a false start due to him jerking his head while making the hard count...
On the trick play just before their first touchdown, the right tackle and guard were both moving their arms when the ball was snapped. They were pointing and neither stopped moving. I couldn't believe that wasn't called or even mentioned by announcers.
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