Last 15 seconds should be quiet time

The NFL has strict rules aimed at controlling coach-to-quarterback communication, but teams might be finding ways to beat the system, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: September 25, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

The NFL's 40-second play clock is ticking. The quarterback crouches under center and surveys the defense. Offensive coaches study the defensive signals sent in from the opposing team's sideline, sensing a blitz is coming. With only 15 seconds remaining, a problem arises.

The coach-to-quarterback radio shuts off. There's not enough time to give the quarterback a full accounting of the opponent's plans. The quarterback flies solo during those critical final seconds before the snap.

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