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Question: How does anyone call false-start penalties anymore? When things are calm and the offensive line gets set, I understand. But now, with the quarterbacks calling audibles, there seems to be no end to linemen bobbing up and down, pointing out defenders to block, the guards tapping the centers to signal the snap, there is often no stoppage of movement before the snap.
Farmer: Some NFL defensive linemen wonder the same thing. I asked
More measured was Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, who said the NFL is moving in the direction of college football, which allows more latitude for pre-snap movement at the line of scrimmage. "It used to be stricter in the NFL," Harbaugh said. "Once you put that hand down, you couldn't move at all. We talked about going back to that strict standard and it was decided not to do that. That's fine. We just feel like there's so much communication that needs to be done to handle all the pressures and the blitzes and protect the quarterbacks."
Question: As the clock winds down at the end of each half, the quarterback will often hurry to the line and spike the ball. Since this is within the tackles, why is it not considered intentional grounding and penalized?
Farmer: NFL rules say that a player under center "is permitted to stop the game clock legally to save time if, immediately upon receiving the snap, he begins a continuous throwing motion and throws the ball directly into the ground."