From the Combine
With Jasons Reid and LaCanfora getting a rest this week, Mark Maske is at the Combine trolling for Redskins news. There's not much yet, other than this tidbit he just filed about a rule Redskins fans wish never existed:
INDIANAPOLIS--Redskins fans probably still have painful memories of Joe Gibbs calling consecutive timeouts to try to ice the kicker in the closing seconds of this past season's loss to the Buffalo Bills.
That was one of the many episodes from around the NFL during the season in which a coach attempted--in Gibbs's case, unsuccessfully--to get into the head of the opposing kicker by calling a timeout just before the ball was snapped for an important field goal attempt. The practice led to calls for a rule change this offseason prohibiting coaches from calling such timeouts.
But it apparently won't happen.
Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, the co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee, said today that the committee doesn't intend to recommend such a rule change. Fisher said he thought all that had to happen for coaches to discontinue the maneuver was for it to backfire once or twice, which happened late in the season after some early-season successes.
"We can't legislate when you can call timeouts and when you can't call timeouts," Fisher said at the league's scouting combine.
February 21, 2008; 2:36 PM ET
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