Oh the Indianapolis Colts. There are two things they are really good at doing. The first thing is choking in big games. They already choked on the biggest stage in football, so that has been done. The other thing that the Colts are really good is bitching and complaining about rules. The NFL recently changed the location of the umpire to behind the offense instead of in the middle of the defense. The biggest fear in doing this has been that teams who like to hurry the football to the line such as the Colts and the Patriots may have to wait a little longer before getting the snap off. God forbid they wait a little longer.
So far in the pre-season, the Patriots have dealt with it and have had zero on the field problems with it. Sure, I bet Tom Brady isn’t a fan of it, but at least he takes it like a man and deals with it. Peyton Manning and the Colts, on the other hand, have already begun complaining about the rule. After taking two illegal snap penalties against the Green Bay Packers in their last game, Peyton Manning went straight to the presses to cry about it.
“The one (illegal snap) on me I thought was ridiculous. Down there by the goal line when you’re snapping the ball to keep them from potentially getting a replay,” Manning said after the game. “Also, they’re unsettled. To throw a 5-yard penalty is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion. So I think that’s one thing that will be re-evaluated — at least a do-over of some sort, or a warning, but a 5-yard penalty, that’s ridiculous.”
So Peyton Manning would like to live in a world where refs can’t get the call right? I already see a benefit of the new rule. But of course, this takes away one of Peyton Manning’s best weapons which is being a rat. Odd coming from a team that likes to throw the “cheater” tag around as well. Also Peyton, why would it be ridiculous to throw a five yard penalty on something illegal? At what point in NFL history has there been a do-over? Let’s just go back and re-play every questionable game in NFL history while we’re at it.
As the late Billy Mays said, BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
“If we had this rule last year,” Manning said Saturday night, “there’s no way we catch up in that New England game. We were down, what, 21 points in the fourth quarter? We wouldn’t have had enough time to run enough plays to catch up. But forget about that game. Let’s chart all the comeback wins where a team runs the hurry-up in the fourth quarter. How many of those games would have ended up the same way — or would the quarterbacks have had enough time to run enough plays to come back and win?”
Right, because it takes 20 seconds for the ref to set up the ball. Is Peyton watching the same games that I am watching? At most it is taking like two extra seconds to set up the ball at the line of scrimmage. If I do my math correctly, they still win that game. Also, Peyton clearly doesn’t know the rules because in the final two minutes the umpire actually goes back to his old spot behind the defense. Essentially, if a team is trying to drive to win the game, NOTHING IS DIFFERENT.
Thank god we have a team like the Patriots who don’t bitch and moan about everything. Join us again next week for another installment of “Peyton and the Colts are pussies, Week 1 Edition”!