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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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Deytreder,

Well said.

Henne had a knee injury and played his two worst games as a Pro.

It's put up or shut up time!

Me myself, I'm hoping he shuts up everyone and roasts the Buffalos.

Tell stories about pancakes

Amen Odin. Don't get me wrong, I like McNabb, good guy. Great leader, tough competitor. But let's face it, he's done.

With that said, the Shanahans have done something I thought was impossible, they've legitimated Jim Zorn. Everyone though Dan would come in and turn the Redskins around. He didn't, and hasn't. The team is just as dysfunctional as ever. Went from a Top 5 defense to worst in the league. Think our Oline is bad, watch the Deadskins. People talk about Ireland, but at least the guy doesn't sell the store on past-their-prime veterans who take the money and check out.

Our organization isn't good enough, but it's plenty more functional than a whole bunch of other teams around the league. We just need to stick with it another year or two, and I think we can be the new bullies on the block.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep........

doubtful odin, even if he plays effecient against buffalo, im not sure with the competition thats left including NE who might not have anything to play for week 17. We at the very least need another capable QB to push henne for the starting job next year!!!!

PATRICK COBBS REAL NAME............ STANLEY.lol

The sheep is lovely, dark and deep, and I'll give it miles more before I sleep.

DC...I'm looking forward to you eating those words about Mcnabb about this time next year

Aloco,

Have you gone loco,,,Manning will finish his career with the colts and Alex Smith.....WTF....he is 100 times worse then Henne.....100 times

DC, agree w/your post.sparano brought calm and peace to our team .

KRIS, AGREE I DON'T LIKE ALEX.I WAS JUST EXPLORING NAMES .AS FOR P.MANNING I THINK HIS TIME IS UP .NO WAY HE GETS 25-30 MILLION A YEAR AFTER ALL THESE INTERCEPTIONS .


IN GB ARON ROGERS IS OUT FOR THE YEAR TO DECIDE HIS FUTURE .

JHON BECK IN WAS WILL BE A STAR OR THAT WHAT I HOPE .

The sheep is lovely, dark and deep, and I'll give it miles more before I sleep.

Posted by: Billy Hill | December 17, 2010 at 05:14 PM


Billy Hill you sound more like BENNY Hill!

Here I am quoting the Great Robert Frost for Aloco and tou're talking about violating sheep!

The Humanity!!!!

Aloco,*lmao* manning to us????....They would literally Blow up indianoplis as a football team FOREVER if manning went anywhere else....AND that would be collossal!!!!

Odin, there was no violation, it was consensual.

Arf!!

I had a dream where Josef Stalin was in a pretty ballerina dress,

Aloco,

You hope to see John Beck on dancing with the stars?

Maybe a Broadway play?

I saw a special on the ID channel about Mormons and polygamy, it wasn't pretty.

SuperPhin,

In a perfect world we should ALWAYS have AT LEAST two competent QB's. I'm all for competetion and may the best man win.

I'm just hoping and praying that Henne turns out to be ONE of them and shows some promise the rest of the way.

We can't afford the setback of having to start over from scratch at the QB position.

SUPERPHIN, ANY THING CAN HAPPEN THIS YEAR .

P. NO ONE SHOULD WATCH THE(( BLACK SWAN MOVIE )) ,STAY AWAY .

ARON ROGERS OUT FOR THE YEAR AS A RESULT OF HIS SECOND CONCUSSION .RETIRMENT COULD BE IN RHE CARDS .

No free agent in their right mind would want to play for the redskins

KRIS, WOULD YOU SAY SEAN SMITH TURNED TO A GOOD PICK ? I SAY YES .

Calm and Peace?

This is football lambchops!!!!

I want to see anger, Violence, I want to see BLOOD and RAGE!!!!

Henne looks cool as cucumber because he's a vegetable. I want to see him scream at Ronnie Brown and kick Brandon Marshall in the nads the next time he drops a pass.

I want to see him get a helmet to helmet penalty for giving Davone Bess a concusion celebrating his next TD catch!!!

At least Tony has some passion for the game! The poor guy, it's been so bad around here, he's see's a field goal and looks like he just escaped from a STRAIGHT JACKET!!!!

Calm and Peace My A S S!

ANY ONE CALLS FOR VIOLENCE IN FOOTBALL IS JUST BLOODY IDIOT ,WATCH THE MASTER BRADY WHEN HE DELIVERS A TD W/EASE AND CALM .HIS COACH IS COOL ,AND HIS MIDGETS ARE WONDERFUL .


P.S...WE GOT TO LOOK AT FOOTBALL IN A DIFFERENT WAY,NOT THE DUMB WAY .

PS: Benny Hill,

As long as it was consenual I guess it's ok?

At least you haven't stooped to doing pancakes.

Aloco,

Did you just call me a DUMB IDIOT!!!!

Say it to my face buddy, just name the time and place!

I will beat you like a meatball sub!!!!

-NJ Odinseye-

PLACE.... NH WOODS
TIME...... MIDNIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE .
WEAPON....... SPATULA

Brady Schmady!

I remember when Marino grabbed Greg Lloyd by the facemask and took a shot at him as he was being sacked!!!!

That my friend is what you call football!!!!

WHAT YOU CALL FOOTBALL DIDN'T BRING YOU ANY RINGS BUT BRADY DID .

Even the mellow QB's like Penne, Peyton and Brady get in their players faces when necessary. Henne's reaction is always 'oh well'. That's good sometimes, but its not good all the time. It's good to be cool as a cucumber, Henne is too often just a cucumber.

I think this is ALOCO singing Lady Gaga's song, "Telephone Ring"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J6JfNeVbgc

Is this how you get the ladies?

Aloco....Sdean Smith has played very well the last cople of games...even his tackling has improved....the bigger question is how will he be after the off-season...we don't have a half-a-season to wait for the guys to get it together...otherwise you find yourself 7-6

Aloco,

Dueling with Spatulas? Absurd!

Banjos will be the weapon of choice.

Dueling Banjos!

Looks like we goy us a Ho Down!

YeeeeeeHaaaaaaWWWW!!!!

Odin, Your on fire... or maybe it's my meds. It's been awhile since I had a bottle with MY name on it. Whattya gonna do coppers it's mine!!!Lol.

About McNabb. Does anyone know if a team would have to eat that contract? Or is it a wait for the Skins to release him sort of delio? I wouldn't be oppossed to McNabb as a Phin next year if it was as a backup. I doubt he would want to take on such a role so this is a mute point. Again I think that there is a lot of pressure on Henne to play well these last three games. This game should be inviting to our slumping running game to get going. We all know that if we can rush for over 150 total yards we haven't lost. I don't know if this is the magic number, but it sounds good. Phins break out, and put the whoopin' on the Bills 27-13

Life is futile and pointless. Our existence will be little noted and soon forgotten.

I think you meant "moot point" a "mute" point would be silent, presumably.

WHAT YOU CALL FOOTBALL DIDN'T BRING YOU ANY RINGS BUT BRADY DID .

Posted by: ALoco | December 17, 2010 at 06:06 PM


Brady and Belicheat both got a ring. It's a little tarnished though, and gots this funny looking little asterik engraved in it.

Funny how they haven't won ANYTHING since!

Bady-Belicheat

Sancheezebag-Fat Rex

Aint none of em got nothing on Shula and Marino-Class acts all the way baby!

My lifestyle harms nobody and my attraction to pancakes is MY business alone.

Yes, society frowns upon my marriage to a buttermilk pancake but our union is one built on trust and love. Nobody can deny us our happiness.

Darryl,

Those bottles with the correct name on them keeps the analog charges away.

I think 100 yards rushing will be the magic number.

We can't get away with a repeat of last week. If we give Fitzpatrick that many 3 and outs, he'll make us pay!

Fitzpatrick will be available next year.....

Next year will only serve to put the nail in the coffin of both Henne and Sparano. 2012 we'll see if Ross knows how to pick a HC.

Fitzpatrick has some downside but I don't think Buffalo will let him get away. They completely AXED Edwards and who do they have behind him?

I love his ability to extend plays and he has a super quick release. Other than that though, I'm not sold on the guy.

I'm predicting a huge day for Wake against their tackles. He should get some sacks or at least force some errant throws.

Funny, we are worried about.... Mark Fitzpatrick ????? Who would have thunk? One of my very best friends is a die hard Bills fan. His opinion of Fiztpatrick is that he has moved the team, put up some points. But has turned the ball over at critical times. The
Bills have found a little bit of a running game the last month. This has taken some of the pressure of him.(sound familiar) I don't know why I think we win going away. But I do.

Well, it's just about time to mosey over to the Northern Michigan Hillbilly Enclave.

I got to get my Good Ole Boy Persona going tonight. Straight up Michigan Militia Hillbilly types up here boy!

I'm gonna try to sing and play some David Allan Cole for em tonight. They can't get enough of that stuff.

-I've been to the Grand Ole Opry and I've met Johnny Caaaaaaaash!

If that ain't country, I'll kiss your A S S!

DARRYL, skins on the hook for only 770,000 dollars not million ,the contract was filled w/ifs and buts .

mark fitz who? armando gives too much credit for ok players and never give credit to henne for any thing .LETS SEE ON SUNDAY WHO'S GOING TO WIN ?


Kris, i am with YOU on sean smith ,it's a wait and see thing .

ALoco..What is your opinion of McNabb? I making Tacos El Pastor for dinner..

ODIN IS a funny boy .to comapre the great bilichick to fat ryan is the same as blaming the mexican journalist for not taking her cloth off for platboy.


P.S....ROMO JUT GOT ENGAGED TO A SPORT JOURNALIST FROM TX.NOT JESSICA SIMSON

Ha! That's what I thought. Aloco was hiding out until he thought I was gone!

PSYCHE!!!!

Afraid of Me and My Banjo ain't cha?

I'm too busy tonight, but I'll be keeping my eye on you Aloco. Odinseye is always WATCHING YOU!

ValHalla and a Bottoms Up To All!!!!

ODIN, TELL US WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MACNABB AND IF THE FUUTRE WILL BE BRIGHT FOR JHON BECK IN WAS ...

I remember how Jim Kelly would dominate using the no huddle offense.

Couldn't Henne be more effective using it?

Will we see Thigpen in any of the remaining games?

Aloco,

McNabb will probably end up with the Cardinals next year. I think he has a little left, very little. He'll try and stick around too long ala Farve.

I don't think Beck will ever unseat Grossman. Grossman has shown flashes in the past. Shanahan will rejuvenate his career. Look for Grossman to have his beat season as a Pro next year.

Got to go SANG for them Hillbilly's ya'll. But I'll be back.......about 3:00 am drunk and belligerent!!!!

Bottoms Up!!!!

thigpen won't play unless henne gets hurt. they don't see him as a potential starter.

look for them to pick a qb in the draft and bring on a veteran for back up.

CARD WILL SURE DRAFT A QB EARLY IN THE DRAFT .A FOR GROSMAN ,I REMEMBER WHEN HE WA IN CHI HE PLAYED REAL WELL SOME OF THE TIME .THE HC OF THE KIN I VERY HAPPY W/JHON BECK ,WE WILL SEE .


THE HEAT LOOKS BAD VS THE KNICKS TONIGHT .

ODIN, I TRUST YOU WILL READ MY LAST POST CORRECTLY W/THE MISTAKES .

10 questions for MIAMI "management"

1. Why dud it take u so long to figure it would not work with pat white?
2. How did u not see Henne lacks the moxy?
3. How can an offensive lune coach botch the ol so bad?
4. Why is parcels so smug and arrogant!?
5. Why can't Sparano stand up to Henn ing?
6. Let go Roth and Sperry?
7. Can't cover tight ends??
8. Sparano and clock management
9. Special teams???????
10. Kick returner???


I do like AmayA and Dansby and vontae picks!

THIGGY WILL BE GONE AT THE END OF THE YEAR .

THIS SUNDAY P.RAMSY WILL START FOR THE VIKINGS AND IT'S WORTH WATCHING HIM .

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