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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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TP, just caught part of that. Heard Dolphins mentioned as #1 of 3 choices. But was this Cowher's choices? Didn't quite hear it like that.

Nice Dolphins articles today by the herald. I liked the "Rocky Road To Playoffs". I know we've already had plenty draft discussions but is a "little premature"?.

If our guys play the final 3 games like it was a 3 game round robin elimination tournament. We do have a chance. Do we control our own destiny? No, but we do have a chance and that's the least we can ask.

I am cowering at the thought that probability

Bill Cowher is no Don Shula. Bet on that.

We lead lives of quiet desperation and are soon forgotten.

Yeah, I'm sure the fans would patiently wait 14 YEARS for Cowher to win a title, which is how long it took in Pittsburgh.

Suuuuure.

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Run!!

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(PROVEN "LOMBARDI TROPHY" WINNERS MR. ROSS)...

MR. ROSS, JUST IMAGINE YOUR MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMING AT A HIGH LEVEL EACH AND EVERY WEEK AND EVERY GAME OVER AND ABOVE THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SKILLS CAPABILITIES AND "WINNING" -- EVERYONE IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL BE TRYING TO GET INTO SUNLIFE STADIUM TO WITNESS THAT KIND OF AWSOME MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMANCE, JUST BY THE WORD OF MOUTH ALONE...

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THERE IS ABS0LUTELY NOTHING JEKYLL AND "HIDE" AB0UT YOU -- JUST KEEP ON TRUCKIN' MY MAN....ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS AND ALL 0F THE BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAYS THAT BRINGS IN THIS NEW YEAR....

MRjavinbur

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I GUESS INEPTITUDE IS REWARDED IN THIS FINS REGIME :(

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