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Old 10-18-2012   #1
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Calvin Pace says the Pats’ fast paced offense has always been a challenge, and now stopping it is even tougher.

“It’s borderline illegal because sometimes the guys aren’t always set when they snap the ball,” Pace said Wednesday. “But it’s smart. Why not hurry a team up? I wish we would do it. For a defense, it just puts pressure on you.”

The Patriot’s no-huddle tactic kicks the offense tempo up a notch, leaving some teams scrambling. The Patriots have run 473 plays, 39 more than the next.

“It’s very difficult,” linebacker David Harris said. “You’ll see defenses not even lined up and they’re already running a play. They get a lot of extra yardage because of it. It causes guys to lose their mind. You can see it on film.”
No huddle / hurry up offense has been around for decades.

Is this guy saying it's not "fair"? Kinda' sounds a little whiny for an NFL football player, if you ask me.
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No huddle / hurry up offense has been around for decades.

Is this guy saying it's not "fair"? Kinda' sounds a little whiny for an NFL football player, if you ask me.
The players are still supposed to set before they snap the ball. It's something that has definitely gotten worse over the years. I swear to God that Peyton Manning would never have gotten away with his BS in the '80s. Frankly, the QBs do the head bobbing, shoulder jerking false starts that used to be called but no longer really are.

So for Pace to say that they're not setting before they snap seems plausible to me. But I haven't watched much Pats ball, so just a general comment.
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Default Re: Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says Pats run “borderline illegal” offense

What is the rule? The offense has to wait for the defense to set? What is to stop a defense from taking their time in getting set, thus slowing down the offense?

Just curious about the rule, as I have always been under the impression that the offense could snap once the ball is set and the whistle is blown.
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I think he is saying that the offense isn't set when they hike the ball...
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I think he is saying that the offense isn't set when they hike the ball...
ahh, that would make more sense to me.

I'm not saying it's true, need to see video, but a hurry up offense waiting for a defense just seem to undermine the whole point.
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ahh, that would make more sense to me.

I'm not saying it's true, need to see video, but a hurry up offense waiting for a defense just seem to undermine the whole point.
I would need to see it too...

But I don't believe there is any time frame that an offense has to be set for. Basically, the nano second everyone on the offense is legally lined up and set I believe they can hike the ball.

Maybe he feels like they are doing the Cali stop at a stop sign instead of doing a full stop...
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ahh, that would make more sense to me.

I'm not saying it's true, need to see video, but a hurry up offense waiting for a defense just seem to undermine the whole point.
The posters below me summed it up pretty well. I was just saying that in decades past, the offense wasn't set if the QB was waving his arms around, snapping his head to and fro, motioning this way and that, and the OL was moving around. The closest thing to crazy back then was the Cowboys OL standing up in unison and then setting, but even that had a clear stopping point at the bottom before they snapped the ball.

I couldn't care less if the defense is ready. They need to be quicker.
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What is the rule? The offense has to wait for the defense to set? What is to stop a defense from taking their time in getting set, thus slowing down the offense?

Just curious about the rule, as I have always been under the impression that the offense could snap once the ball is set and the whistle is blown.
To my knowledge once the officials tell the clock to start the offense can snap the ball as long as they are set regardless of what the defense is doing.
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Default Re: Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says Pats run “borderline illegal” offense

I think its legal, but I also think its cheap.
Trying to catch a defense in the middle of a substitution is a little bush league to me

Its fair by the rules, but its taking advantage of the purpose of the rule
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To my knowledge once the officials tell the clock to start the offense can snap the ball as long as they are set regardless of what the defense is doing.
My thoughts, as well.

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I think its legal, but I also think its cheap.
Trying to catch a defense in the middle of a substitution is a little bush league to me

Its fair by the rules, but its taking advantage of the purpose of the rule
I completely disagree. If it's legal, then it's just another strategy to employ in a game full of strategies. Bush league to me is what Tampa Bay was doing at the end of games during victory formations. JMO

The thing is that the opposing team can do it, too (Calvin Pace even wishes his own team would use this tactic).

I wish the Texans would pull this out sometimes. It's a good way to disrupt any rhythm that the defense might be finding, and winning the game is all that really matters at the end of the day. There are no asterisks besides wins and championships.
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[b]What is the rule? The offense has to wait for the defense to set? What is to stop a defense from taking their time in getting set, thus slowing down the offense?

Just curious about the rule, as I have always been under the impression that the offense could snap once the ball is set and the whistle is blown.
The offense has to be "set" for 1 second. It's been that way for ever and Peyton with the Colts, Brady now, and I'm sure a few others are blatantly ignoring it and getting away with.

But then, as I've read here before, this ain't the game your Daddy/Grandpa knew. And me for that matter.

The rules are now out the window and IMO bsht. A rule is a rule.

The play the Panthers ran at the goal line last season is a prime example. Every lineman standing up, moving around, swinging arms, moving feet and then Cam hands the ball to another guy who wasn't set. We all saw it. Illegal as hell but a score. YouTube it and see if you think it follows the rules. Let me save you some time. It DIDN'T. Absolutely an illegal play. The score stood and I was and still am livid.

Same thing with Peyton and others as well.

Total BS!

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The posters below me summed it up pretty well. I was just saying that in decades past, the offense wasn't set if the QB was waving his arms around, snapping his head to and fro, motioning this way and that, and the OL was moving around. The closest thing to crazy back then was the Cowboys OL standing up in unison and then setting, but even that had a clear stopping point at the bottom before they snapped the ball.
The Texans sent video of Manning and the Colts asking why they were not being flagged. The league basically said Manning gets to do what he wants. Total BS.

They also used to have multiple WR, TE or RB moving in to hear Manning at the same time which should have drawn flags as well.
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I dont get why more offenses dont hurry up all the time. Once the defense has the wrong personnel in its clearly an advantage. It's almost like taking the defensive coordinator out of the equation to. I think some offensive coordinators either have no faith in their qb or they have such egos they choose not to take advantage.
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I swear to God that Peyton Manning would never have gotten away with his BS in the '80s. Frankly, the QBs do the head bobbing, shoulder jerking false starts that used to be called but no longer really are.
IIRC, Rivers got a couple penalties last Monday for throwing his hands out during a hard count before the ball was snapped. However I don't remember seeing Mr. Manning getting the same treatment for his hard count moves.
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IIRC, Rivers got a couple penalties last Monday for throwing his hands out during a hard count before the ball was snapped. However I don't remember seeing Mr. Manning getting the same treatment for his hard count moves.
The BS thing is that on the first call, he barely moved his head. On the second call, he hadn't moved at all. That official was a jacknape and should've been punched until his vision cleared up.

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The players are still supposed to set before they snap the ball. It's something that has definitely gotten worse over the years. I swear to God that Peyton Manning would never have gotten away with his BS in the '80s. Frankly, the QBs do the head bobbing, shoulder jerking false starts that used to be called but no longer really are.

So for Pace to say that they're not setting before they snap seems plausible to me. But I haven't watched much Pats ball, so just a general comment.
The No-Huddle attack also has the same effect on the refs as it does the defense. The refs have a small window to call any penalties so of course most are going to be missed... That what makes the No-Huddle attack so special, its based on other peoples mistakes. The jets put that out there so they can remind the officials to watch out for it and hopefully it slows them down. It didnt work because the refs have turned gun shy for all the bad calls in the past. They won't call these because no other officials have been calling it. Easy way out.... or they are just incompetent....
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