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“Do Over” Rule in Dallas

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 28, 2009 – 9:10 AM


Commissioner Roger Goodell notified NFL clubs of a change in rules for the 2009 season relating to the video board over the field at the new Cowboys Stadium but that will also potentially apply in other situations.

Goodell consulted with the Competition Committee and NFL staff, coming up with the following set of rules which will be in effect starting this weekend when the 49ers travel to Dallas.

1.    If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.

2.    If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning.  If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Assistant, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.

3.    In the event the down is replayed:

(a)  The game clock will be reset to the time remaining when the snap occurred.
(b)  All penalties will be disregarded, except for personal fouls which will be administered prior to replaying the down.

“We will continue to address the particular circumstances in Dallas, giving full consideration to the competitive, safety and fan experience issues involved,” Commissioner Goodell said.

49ers punter Andy Lee will be the first kicker affected by the new rule change, but it shouldn’t have much of an impact on the way he approaches Saturday’s game.

“I’m not going to change anything,” Lee said.  “I’m going to put my best punt out there.  If it hits it, it hits it.  I’ll apologize to my guys and do it again.  We’re not going to have to play there again the rest of the year; it’s not something we’re going to have to worry about the rest of the year.  I’m going to go in there and try to hit my best ball and get ready for the season.”

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4 Responses to ““Do Over” Rule in Dallas”

  1. By Carlson on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    ….need to change “effected” to “affected”……

  2. By Daddio on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    need some time to regroup? maybe let your defense rest an extra minute or two? just keep aiming for that scoreboard. punters now have something to do during practice. special rules for one stadium can’t work even in seemingly trivial situations. bite the bullet, fix the problem. with all the money jones likes to throw around impressing everyone he should want perfection not a do-over clause.

  3. By JohnF on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    If a pro-basketball team builds a facility with 14 foot ceilings, it alters the game. Period. So does a giant tv that hangs to low on a pro football field.

  4. By JulieD on Aug 28, 2009 | Reply

    I’m a huge Cowboys fan, but find Jerry Jones an embarrassment to our organization. Please, please, please, kick a hole right through his $40 million baby. That man and his ego is out of control. I was at the game last week and, sure Godzillatron was actually hit only once, but Tennesse came close numerous times. It was only a matter of time…….

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