Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Roseman: Eagles 'understand' tempo rules

Roseman wonders where WSJ piece came from.
It's flattering, to say the least, that there is much ado about the Chip Kelly no-huddle offense yet to play a down in the NFL.

The Wall Street Journal quoted NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino as saying the referees - not the coaches or the players - control the speed of the game.

"We have to make sure teams understand that they don't control the tempo, our officials do," Blandino said.

The officials sure did a good job slowing down the Patriots last year. The no-huddle Patriots fell just eight plays short of setting the league record for snaps in the season.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman seems amused by the matter. And he hadn't read the WSJ piece.

Calling the pace at which the Patriots ran plays "pretty impressive," Roseman said "it didn't seem like they were hampered too much by" the rules or the officials.

"I think we understand the rules, Coach understands the rules," Roseman said. "The officials have been great when they came here and I don't see it as much of an issue at all."

Kelly will take questions after practice. If there is any concern, well, the officials are coming in later this week on their annual visit to speak with the players.

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