I hate the “Quiet! Offense At Work.” sign on the scoreboard at FedExField. I’ve always found it slightly insulting — I assumed that all football fans knew to be quiet when their offense had the ball, and thought the sign was just to be cute.
Brian Murphy over at Homer McFanboy talked to Pete Kendall, and Kendall had some firm thoughts on the issue.
“Well, I’m sure I speak for everybody,” said the 13-year NFL veteran. “We appreciate their support, but not at that particular moment. Really, it makes our job harder than it needs to be. If they could contain their enthusiasm until after we score, that would help us out.”
I asked Jason Campbell about it, and he agreed. “The reason why it’s so important is for our offensive line to hear the calls, because of certain stunts. Our running back also has to hear the calls. It definitely makes a difference – you’re down inside the five yard line, you miss a call, you get tackled for a loss or give up a big play. All because someone didn’t hear a call.”
I mention this now because we’ve got a couple of weeks before the next home game, so this leaves plenty of time to get used to the idea of paying attention to that sign. So pass the word along.