Tuesday, August 23, 2011

No more "Dan Marino Play"?

The NFL adopted quite a few rules this off-season. Here's a list.

A lot of people have been talking about kickoffs from the 35 instead of the 30, challenges on all scoring plays coming from the replay official instead of the coaches, and the "Boise State Rule" outlawing playing surfaces that aren't green. But I was intrigued by this rule:

Rule 7-2-1-C: An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended ... when a quarterback immediately drops to his knee (or simulates dropping to his knee) behind the line of scrimmage.

Does that mean the Dan Marino Play would now be considered illegal?

Sadly, no... as you can see, Marino doesn't do any shennanigans after the snap. Makes the "I'm going to spike it" motion before, but doesn't bend his knee or do anything that could be considered "simulating" a kneel down.

So I guess it's still Aaron Glenn's fault.

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