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Direct snap between QB legs under Center
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:54:47 PM »
 Would that play be legal in NFL? Some people cited 2007 case Bears-Eagles game where official blew a whistle after Center had made direct snap on RB between QB's legs. It counted as false start there. As far as I know some rules have changed since there


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I checked NFL 2020 rulebook and didnt find rule that prohibits directional snap between QB's legs under center, including "False start" article

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ARTICLE 2. FALSE START. It is a False Start if the ball has been placed ready for play, and, prior to the snap, an offensive player who has assumed a set position charges or moves in such a way as to simulate the start of a play, or if an offensive player who is in motion makes a sudden movement toward the line of scrimmage. Any quick abrupt movement by a single offensive player, or by several offensive players in unison, which simulates the start of the snap, is a false start.
Exception: This does not apply to an offensive player under the center who turns his head or shoulders, unless the movement is an obvious attempt to draw an opponent offside.
Note: See 4-6-5-d, for actions by a defensive player who attempts to cause an offensive player to commit a false start.
Item 1. Interior Lineman. It is a False Start if an interior lineman (tackle to tackle) takes or simulates a three-point stance, and then changes his position or moves the hand that is on the ground.
An interior lineman who is in a two-point stance is permitted to reset in a three-point stance or change his position, provided that he comes to a complete stop prior to the snap. If he does not come to a complete stop prior to the snap, it is a False Start.
Item 2. Eligible Receiver. If all 11 offensive players have been set for at least one full second, and an eligible receiver who is on the line of scrimmage moves forward, it is a False Start, regardless of whether the action is quick and abrupt or slow and
deliberate. If an eligible receiver who is on the line of scrimmage moves backward immediately prior to the snap and does not come to a
complete stop before the snap, it is a False Start.
Any eligible receiver is permitted to change from a two-point stance to a three-point stance, or from a three-point stance to a twopoint
stance, provided he comes to a complete stop prior to the snap. If he does not come to a complete stop, it is a False Start.
Item 3. Player Under Center. It is legal for a player who has taken a position under or behind the center to go in motion, whether
he has placed his hands under center, on his knees, or on the body of the center. However, it is a False Start, if the action is quick
and abrupt. If the player fails to come to a complete stop for at least one full second prior to the ball being snapped, it is Illegal
Motion.
Item 4. Shotgun Formation. A player who is in position to receive the snap in shotgun formation is permitted to shift his feet prior
to the snap, but any quick and abrupt movement is a False Start. This includes thrusting his hands forward when there is not a
simultaneous snap.
Item 5. Attempt to Draw Offside. Any obvious attempt by the quarterback or other player in position to receive the snap to draw
an opponent offside is a False Start.
Item 6. Offense Not Set. With the game clock running after the two-minute warning of either half, if all 11 offensive players are
not set simultaneously for one full second prior to the snap, it is a False Start.