Saints coach Payton explains defensive delay of game penalty

Saints coach Payton explains defensive delay of game penalty

Saints coach Payton explains defensive delay of game penalty

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Posted on November 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
bhandwerger@wwltv.com

METAIRIE, La. – Saints defensive back Patrick Robinson wasn’t exactly delaying the game when his second-quarter, fourth-down penalty kept a Tampa Bay drive alive in New Orleans’ 27-16 win.

But he was responsible for an action that is against the rules, if not a poorly named one.

Saints coach Sean Payton said it’s a rule that has been on the books for only a few years.

“It used to be defensively, you guys might remember, defensive players would try to move to draw a lineman offsides,” Payton said. “It happened a lot in the kicking game ten years ago when teams lined up to punt or kick field goals where periodically a defensive lineman would line up to try to jump.”

Robinson - lined up against the Buccaneers gunner - flinched, trying to draw the player offside.

Instead, the Bucs retained possession, eventually moving to the Saints’ 42 before being forced to punt.

“The call is a little unique in that it’s called a delay of game, but that’s the penalty,” Payton said. “You’re not allowed defensively to try to do that.”

 

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