(Via Indianapolis Star)
When the NFL placed a new emphasis on calling false starts on quarterbacks before the 2012 season began, the media called it “the Manning Rule”.
Basically, it was decided that certain signal callers, Manning chief among them, were getting a little too fancy pre-snap, making various motions that could cause a defense to jump off side. The league instructed its officials to be extra vigilant in penalizing such errant behaviors as hand motions, gyrations, leg lifts, head bobs and the like.
The rule reads like this: “Any quick movement by a single offensive player which simulates the start of the snap is a false start.”
In last nights game against the Chargers it was Philip Rivers, not Peyton Manning who got tripped up by “the Manning Rule”. He was called for false starts twice after having never been called for one before – not once – in his entire career.
So, it looks like Rivers will have yet another adjustment to make in his game in addition to the “not throwing four interceptions” one.
Peyton Manning has yet to be flagged under the Peyton Manning rule.