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Polian doesn’t think new ump system will have an impact on Colts offense

NFL Fanhouse had a good piece about the Colts offense and the new umpire situation that will be in place for the 2010 season. President Bill Polian says he doesn’t think the new system will have any impact on the Colts offense in 2010 or beyond.

The new on-field positioning of NFL umpires isn’t concerning Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian as much as many would believe. Polian, one of the league’s more prominent voices and a member of the NFL’s Competition Committee, said while there were issues involving the umpire’s change in position in the Colts’ nationally televised game this past Thursay, he said he’s not overly concerned about the situation and he doesn’t believe it will hurt the Colts’ offensively. “If I thought that would be a bi-product of it, obviously I would not have voted for it,” Polian said Saturday. The situation caused issues for the Colts Thursday. Twice early during a 59-24 loss to Green Bay the Colts were penalized for snapping the ball too quickly — i.e., before the umpire had cleared the running back. It was no coincidence that the situation became a high-profile issue during the third preseason game, Polian said. “We recognized as a committee that the third preseason game was going to be a good test, because in virtually all cases your top-line players were playing and playing a long time,” Polian said. “In our case, we told the league office and the officiating department that we would do all we could to push the tempo and try to create situations where we could find out what kind of picture we were going to see. That’s what occurred. We’ll go back and talk about the postmortem. I’m sure there are some tweaks that they will make and we’ll move forward.”

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One Response to “Polian doesn’t think new ump system will have an impact on Colts offense”

  1. kinnickCOLT says:

    i knew they did this solely for the purpose of fixing it or at least bringing it to the attention of goodell. peyton doesnt usually get that steamed and completely out of sync over one play.

    if this what it takes to get it right then bravo peyton and polian

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