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The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:39 am
Edited on: September 28, 2011 10:38 am
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OPENING HIT: When I heard about the Cowboys complaining that Redskins defensive linemen were calling out fake snap counts, and the Titans complaining about the Broncos using the same illicit tactics, I thought of one guy: John Randle.

Randle was one of the most high-energy, successful pass rushers in the history of the sport. He was also a relentless trash talker and used every trash talking technique at his disposal to try and distract players. Randle was also brilliant at something else: learning an opponent's snap count. Or faking that he did.

Sometimes Randle would bark like dog -- literally, like a dog -- to distract offensive linemen. But sometimes he'd yell jibberish in anticipation of the snap count get the center to snap the ball prematurely. He was great at it. Teams complained about it but nothing happened in response because there was little the NFL could do about it.

Years later, here we are again, teams using the same stuff to cheat. The Cowboys have said they will complain to the NFL about the Redskins' tactics but like when Randle and many others did it some time ago there is little the NFL can do unless a game official hears it.

So expect more of this especially in extremely loud stadiums where it's very hard to catch the cheaters.
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Category: NFL
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:09 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:38 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

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Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:24 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

I guess we are heading towards a Youth Football mentality in the NFL.  Gotta be nice to the Quarterback.  (Hey Michael Vick, if you didn't run out of the pocket so much, you wouldn't get hit so much)  Defensive lineman can't trash talk.  BTW, it's not cheating, it is gamesmanship.  We have grown men playing a game and rules to limit their personalities is trivial.  The Cowgirls were lucky to get that win and they should focus on this week's game.  Can't even believe I am writing about this.
Not as disappointed as I am in myself for reading it.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:02 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

Or the 49ers who lost to them as well -- something less than "girls" I guess.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2011 3:01 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

Defensive lineman can't trash talk.  BTW, it's not cheating, it is gamesmanship.  We have grown men playing a game and rules to limit their personalities is trivial.  The Cowgirls were lucky to get that win and they should focus on this week's game.  Can't even believe I am writing about this.

First, the defensive linemen can "trash talk" all they want to...there is no rule against that.  There is, however, a rule against trying to simulate the offense's snap count...so no, they legally can not do that.  In my book, "trash talking" to try to get in someone's head, that is "gamesmanship".  Intentionally breaking a rule of the game to try to obtain an advantage, however, is not gamesmanship, that is cheating.  Second, if the Cowboys who won the game (gaining more yards as well) with a bevy of injured on the field and starters unable to play at all are "Cowgirls" what does that make the Redskins team that couldn't beat them--even while cheating?



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:38 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

I guess we are heading towards a Youth Football mentality in the NFL.  Gotta be nice to the Quarterback.  (Hey Michael Vick, if you didn't run out of the pocket so much, you wouldn't get hit so much)  Defensive lineman can't trash talk.  BTW, it's not cheating, it is gamesmanship.  We have grown men playing a game and rules to limit their personalities is trivial.  The Cowgirls were lucky to get that win and they should focus on this week's game.  Can't even believe I am writing about this.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:15 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Cadence cheating

Consider me corrected.


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