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NFL reminds Fins, everyone else of sideline rules

The NFL has contacted all 32 NFL head coach -- yes, even the interim guys -- to remind them of the rules in place to keep the respective benches free of cheating creative ideas similar to the one employed by the New York Jets last week against the Dolphins.

Coach Tony Sparano received the heads up from the NFL Football Operations Department in the last 24 hours.

The memo from the NFL reminds all coaches of the following:

  • Each organization is responsible for appointing a “get-back” coach.  This individual must be aware of all sideline restrictions and will be responsible for insuring that your team and staff are in compliance. 
  • Violations could subject your team and/or individuals to both in-game penalties and other disciplinary action.  Flagrant violations after two warnings could result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  Discipline, including fines and suspensions, may be imposed by the League Office when appropriate.  
  • Pages A75-A76 of the Policy Manual for Member Clubs, Vol. II, Game Operations specifically state:

Team personnel in the bench area must observe the zone restrictions in the three areas — (1) the first border or white stripe; (2) the second border; and (3) the player area. Violations of the zone restrictions are subject to fine at the discretion of the Commissioner and game officials have been directed to call unsportsmanlike conduct penalties when warnings to clear the first border areas are not heeded. Safety and officiating access are the prime consideration… 

First Border — The only persons allowed in this solid white six-foot (minimum) area on a continuous basis during the game are the Game Officials and the chain crew; no coaches or players. 

Second Border — … [extends to solid yellow line within the bench area that is six feet from the solid white border.] Within the bench area, the only persons allowed within this second border on a continuous basis during the game are the head coach, assistant coaches involved in calling signals, assistant coaches in charge of substitutions, and small groups of situation substitution players ready to be sent into the game immediately. No other players are allowed in the second border. Each coaching staff should designate a “get-back” coach to ensure that the rules governing the borders are observed by all players and coaches during the game. 

Players & Bench Personnel — Except for those persons allowed in the first and second borders, all other persons with bench credentials and all players not in the game at the time shall remain in the bench area behind the second border. 

  • Additionally, on page A77, the policy states: 

While play is in progress, there will be no coaches or players within the white border, thus avoiding possible interference with officiating of the game. In the six-foot area between the back of the white border and the solid yellow line, only the following persons will be permitted: the Head Coach, Assistant Coaches involved in calling defensive or offensive signals, Assistant Coaches in charge of substitutions, and only those small groups of players ready to be sent into the game immediately (offensive or defensive packages). 

The game officials will issue warnings during the game regarding first and second border violations and work with the team’s “get-back” coach to prevent problems, and will call unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in cases of flagrant violations after two warnings…The League office may impose discipline on clubs for a first violation of the border rules, followed by increasing fines for subsequent violations. 

  • Rule 13, Section 1, Article 5 of the Official NFL Playing Rules provides as follows: 

“Coaches and other non-participating team personnel (including uniformed players not in the game at the time)     are prohibited from moving laterally along  the sidelines any further than the points that are 18 yards from the middle of the bench area (i.e., 32-yard lines to left and right of bench areas when benches are placed on opposite sides of the field). Lateral movement within the bench area must be behind the slid six foot white border.” 

To assist with the enforcement of this rule, effective immediately, all game officials are being instructed not to engage in any prolonged discussion with any coach outside of the permitted zone while play is in progress.

This rule is intended for safety and to avoid possible interference with officiating of the game. That means you will not see coaches arguing with officials for very long, either.

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Big deal?? First??

"Big deal?? First??"

If it is a source of pride, congrats on first. The big deal is that the Jets with there guantlet of toes to the white line where in absolute violation of the rules. They should have been three yards back.

Hard to believe that the "get back coach" didn't know that.

big deal

How long has this rule been in around? so now the league is enforcing it!! The NFL should stand for National Favoritism League,it sure seems like the Dolphins are always on the short end of the stick.

"Lateral movement within the bench area must be behind the slid six foot white border."

Yeah, well...Coach 'Get Back' is going to have a tough time enforcing THIS the next time Dan Carpenter kicks another 45 yard FG and Coach Tony celebrates like a rapid Ape. More than Coach BB winning a SB.

where can I apply for the assistant 'get-back' coaching position?

This is NFL speak for CYA

Ya, this blog entry sucks.

Dear Mr. Salguero

This article should have started out...From now on or These rules apply to all teams except the Jets and Patriots and Steelers when applical.

Lets be honest

Soiled :)

ARMANDO,

WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBLITY OF SIGNING LOGAN MANKINS BY THE FINS OR THE COME BACK OF JHON BECK OF THE RED SKINS PASSING MACNABB TO BE THE BACK UP QB BEHIND GROSSMAN ,IT'S BETTER THAN WRITING THIS BORING POST .

I don't give a darn about where players stand...I don't give a darn where coaches stand....THE ISSUE is...Alosi;s actions could have seriously injured Carrol, and because of that he should be fired....

I doubt rex ryan told him to trip the kid....he just told them to stand there and make it difficult for him to manuever.....so fire Alosi and lets be done with this....

I hate to sound like Homes....but I have heard many coaches and former players say that the "wall" is common practice.....how come I haven't seen any footage of the jets doing this in previous games or any other teams doing it....seems strange

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) It's Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb. Again. And this time, it's from the opening kickoff.
The Redskins plan to start Grossman on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, benching a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback........


AND KEEP ROSS's CELEBRITIES OUTSIDE OF THESE AREAS !!!!!
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ANOTHER IDEA FOR A NEW POST... WHAT WILL FINS DRAFT IN THE FIRST ROUND , A RB OR A QB ?

SUNDAY THE RED SKINS QB'S;;;;;;

1-GROSSMAN
2-THE EX DOLPHIN JHON BECK
3-MACNABB

We could get Mcnabb for a late 7th round pick and a bag of potato chips, I hope we don't give more than a bag of potato chips.

THE MOVIE WAS GOOD KRIS ,I GAVE IT 3 STARS.

3 stars sounds about right Aloco....I think they went to the well to many times with Denzel going over the top....

Sal Alosi was an Inside Job!

0x08...I told you Mcnabb is heading this way....and Shannon will probably be fired...I wonder if he is just using this job to get his son in the door....2 conspiricy's...

Beck??? I never thought I would ever hear that name again. Little girl hands is back up in Washington.

So there were rules already in place. Hmmm. And they weren't enforced. How about fining the refs for missing a blatant rule violation. Do it once and there won't be anyone on the take.

Once again the Phins get screwed. But even with the zebra's help for the Jets, we won. The NFL is rolling in their graves.

Maybe those weren't dropped passes. The refs greased the balls when the phins had possession. And Ricky, Ronnie and Henne's fumbles the ball may have been the same thing. I smell a conspiracy a mile away.

Kris, yeah, he's headed to South Beach and maybe a few strip bars...don't foresee him wearing any aqua and orange unless its one of the cheerleaders on top of him.

Kris, you siad it right - Alosi didn't get in trouble for forming a wall, he got in trouble for tripping which led to this shady practivce being ucovered.

I wonder how it would have been received if Alosi just stood still and had Carrol run into him and fell?

KRIS, I THINK SHANNON WILL SURVIVE AND MACNABB WILL BE GONE ,NOT OUR WAY I HOPE .THEY CAN'T WAIT TO GET READY OF MACNABB.HE BECOMES TOXIC .

Funny 0x80...

MarkI think if Nolan just runs in to him none of us are any the wiser...Alosi made a stuiped movement and its gonna cost him alot.....If only I could be a fly on the wall in his apartment

THE WORDS OF SHANNON ON JHON BECK....... (( HE'S DOING EXCEPTIONAL ,I LOVE TO SEE HIM PLAYING ))))

Aloco,

In truth it is rare that a QB and a coach get fired...Shannahan probably gets 1 more year...The same as Sporano will get one more year with a vet QB....I know you don't like Mcnabb, but I think his experince is invauable...he can re-train Henne in how the game is played...show him how to go down feild...wash all this dink and dunk crap habits off of him

CAN SOMONE TELL ME WHAT TO INHALE,IAM OUT OF PAINT THINER.

WE NEED YOUNG PEOPLE TO GROW .WE DON'T NEED OLD WASHED OUT PEOPLE TO COME AND MESS THINGS UP .

NORTON
ALEX SMITH
P.MANNING
P.S ...................ROGERS OF THE GB WILL RETIRE ,HE SUFFERED HIS SECOND CONCUSION A WEEK AGO .

aloco try inhaling hennings underwear

Henne is Culpepper but without any running ability. Nothing SlabMcnabb can to do help Henne.

ALoco, Try sniffing ammonia and bleach.

We need a new mentor for our QB of the future.....he can make all of the throws...he can throw for 300 yards consistently...he just needs a kick start in the brain....and we don't have half-a-season to waste on him next year...bring in a vet...C. Palmer or Mcnabb...and thats all i got to say about that

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Sparano is disappointed with you Armando? Don't worry, millions of fans are disappointed with Sparano.

Home is back.

As soon as Carroll got up and was ok (no injury), I lost interest in the Tripgate story. AND we won, move on, nothing to see here.

On McNabb, kris, you should listen to ALoco. He can't teach a system he doesn't know (and I doubt we're going to install the West Coast offense). He WAS a great player. But all players have their "time". This year's "MOVE ON" recipients are Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb. Sure, Redskins have NO oline, but McNabb is still very, very inadequate. Can't even get the ball to their best weapon, Chris Cooley.

I urge you guys to watch ONE Redskins game before you get your hearts set on McNabb. I'd rather have Pennington as a QB Coach to teach Henne. Or someone like a Todd Collins as a 3rd string QB. I'm not sure McNabb's can teach Henne anything since they play 2 different styles. Actually, he could teach him how to throw the long bomb, that's about it.

P.MANNING IS GOING TO TEST THE FREE AGENCY MARKET ,IND WILL NOT SIGN HIM FOR ANY MONEY MORE THAN 20 MILL FOR 3 YEARS .

THE DOLPHINS MUST DRAFT A QB IN THE FIRST ROUND UNLESS MARK IGRAM DB'S GUY IS THERE .THEN WE CAN SIN FREE AGENT ALEX SMITH OR NORTON OR P.MANNING .

Alosi WAS the "get back" coach.

That's what Rex Ryan gets for demanding that all of his assistant coaches to have lower wonderlic scores than his.

Alosi: Come on guys, GET BACK up here in line with ME!

JHON BECK WILL TURN INTO A STAR SOME HOW .

Who the hell is "Shannon?"

You guys trying to say "Shanahan?"

And, no, he definitely isn't going to be fired after ONE season with the Redskins. Even Dan Snyder, who behaves like a fan in running that team, isn't that hairbrained.

Aloco, Are you now tripping on Glue?,You think Indy's gonna let Manning go,And did you see last nights game?,Just say no to drugs.

Peyton Manning is not going to be a free agent and will finish his career with the Colts.

Where do you guys come up with some of this nonsense?

Sparano will definitely not be fired. The coaching change will be at OC, where Henning is simply going to retire at the end of the season. There won't be any dramatic firing, sorry.

Aloco, I guess you've gone from glue to Crystal Meth., Seek help for your addiction.

JIM,

THE COLOR OF MONEY,IND WILL NOT PAY HIM ,THEY R TIRED OF SEEING ALL HIS INTERCEPTIONS THEN BLAMES HIS WR'S .

Aloco,Put down the pipe and reach for the phone.1-800-get-help



If Cam Newton is still available in the 4th rd when it's turn to draft him, and I know that's an astronimical if. It's a no-brainer to take him.

Then if he looks like a huge project at qb start looking at developing him to a lesser project at TE. He has the size(6'6 250lbs.) and speed(reported between 4.5 and 4.7 forty) to beat linebackers and consistently get deep on defenses.

That's absolutely something we dont presently have at the TE position

DC,

On the last blog someone had mentioned getting McNabb.

Two minuites later I saw it announced that Grossman would start Sunday.

I was just making a joke on my post that maybe McNabb would be available.

I want us to draft a QB and sign a vet, but NOT McNabb. He played in one offense his entire career and has struggled to learn Shanahan's. I'm hoping for a new offense next season, but not the Eagles system.

Just Say No To MaNabb!


As a TE, Newton would be a nightmare cover for lb's because of speed and nightmare cover for safeties because of 6'6 250lbs size.

I see the offseason is already in full force with this article Armando....GOOD ON YOU!!!!!

Still premature to decide anything...let's just see how this team plays for the next 3 games. Maybe a light bulb will go on somewhere in the vicinity of Hennes brain, then we can focus first off on either a top RB, or TE (and I sure hope a center afterwards).

Regardless of what anyone thinks of Henning or the oline, Henne has just had two atrocious games, and I can't imagine anyone keeping faith in him if he doesn't at least show a little something better in the home stretch.

DB,

My gut reaction to talk about converting Newton to TE was: POPPYCOCK!

OK, actually it was more like: Nonsense.

However then I thought his knowledge from playing QB would translate well.

Then I thought: How Intriguing-LOL!

Then I thought: Heroin is much better than Meth of Huffing.

THEN I THOUGHT: I FORGOT MY ADHD MEDS!!!!

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