Daily Madden: Jamming Signals On The Line Of Scrimmage

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Cowboys suffered through four bad snaps to quarterback Tony Romo in Dallas’ loss to the Redskins Sunday. Cowboys center Phil Costa blamed the Redskins’ defense for shouting at him on the line of scrimmage and simulating the snap count, which is against the rules.

John Madden told the KCBS morning crew that a change in the position of the referees this year may lead to more signal jamming.

“When they took the umpire away from behind the defensive line, he used to kind of police those kinds of things… It looks like if it doesn’t get stopped that could get bigger and bigger in the game,” said the former coach.  

KCBS morning anchor Stan Bunger asked John if sideline microphones could be used to police the sounds on the line of scrimmage.

“They’re trying to get away from that,” John said. “The coaches think they’re picking up too much now. Once you get their cadence and their audibles and their switching at the line of scrimmage, you can watch the film and hear what they’re saying and get ready for them the next time.” (8:10)

(Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.)

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