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Coach Ron Rivera appointed to the Competition Committee

Embed from Getty Images Washington head coach Ron Rivera has recently been appointed to the NFL's Competition Committee. This will be the first time since 2017 that the Competition Committee will have at least three head coaches. The Committee began their first meetings of the 2020 offseason this week. ESPN rules analyst and former referee John Parry first confirmed the news. https://twitter.com/JohnParryESPN/status/1226986284251570177 Rivera was previously on the Coaches Subcommittee of the Competition Committee. There are now 9 members on the Committee, who are all chosen by commissioner Roger Goodell and headed by chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. Here are the other

John McDaid leaves the field to be SEC officiating boss

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced today that long-time referee John McDaid will leave the field and become the new coordinator of football officials for the SEC and Sun Belt Conference. https://twitter.com/SECOfficiating/status/1224416534363365384 McDaid replaces Steve Shaw, who left the SEC to become college football's national coordinator. In a news release, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey praised McDaid's qualifications. John is widely recognized as one of the finest football officials in the nation and we are fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and ability serving in this important leadership position for our conference. His educational background, successful officiating career and extensive management experience with Microsoft have

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NFL100: When John McDonough called The Longest Game on Christmas Day

It's always hard for officials to be away from home on a special holiday. So it was for referee John McDonough and his officiating crew, scheduled to work the Christmas Day divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the visiting Miami Dolphins. McDonough, who officiated Super Bowl IV, and was a AFL and NFL referee from 1960 to 1973, lead a veteran crew that included umpire Frank Sinkovitz, head linesman Leo Miles, line judge Bill Swanson, field judge Bob Baur and back judge Adrian Burk.  The NFL had never scheduled a postseason game on Christmas. A few years before the

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Working the official? Putting a bug in their ear? What exactly was Kyle Shanahan doing?

In this week's Inside the NFL on Showtime, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan can be seen and heard doing what's known as "working the official," that is, alerting the official to potential things an opposing team is doing or might do that is a violation of the rules. This can lead many fans and players alike to proclaim that a given official is in the tank for a given team or coach. That is not the case. Before each game at all levels, the officials will meet with the coaches of both teams. The purpose is to: Make sure all players are

Getting back on the horse: officials must focus on recovering from a bad game

Every official in every sport from the peanut league to the pros has had that moment. They come off the field to boos from the fans, glares from coaches, and dour faces from their supervisors. The official or crew has had a bad game. Whether it was one bad call in a big moment or the official or their crew didn't have it that night, it is an awful feeling. Officials are used to having fans, coaches and talking heads say they had a terrible game and made terrible calls -- that happens every week and game film almost always exonerates

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