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NFLRA boss says crews calling what the league wants called

The NFL Referees Association, the officials' union, says people criticizing the officials have misplaced their ire. Scott Green, executive director of the NFLRA and a 23-year officiating veteran, says the league's officials are simply calling what the NFL wants called. Green spoke to NFL.com, the league's in-house news outlet.  The issue from our standpoint is: We call what we're told to call. It's how well is that being interpreted? And how well is that being presented to us? To the extent that they're trying to get video out, when you start making changes in the season -- obviously, I'm not saying that

NCAA issues clear replay protocols after Pac-12 VP usurps replay official

http://gty.im/1038230134 In light of a Pac-12 senior vice president stepping in to over-rule the centralized replay center in a game earlier this year, Steve Shaw, NCAA football rules committee secretary-editor, and Rogers Redding, national coordinator of football officials, have notified game officials that the replay official is the final authority in upholding or overruling a call on the field. This comes after Woodie Dixon, Pac-12 general counsel and senior vice president for business affairs, called the Pac-12 centralized replay center in San Francisco and overruled a targeting foul on a USC player. That news shocked the college football officiating world and damaged the Pac-12's officiating credibility. Yahoo Sports reports that

NFL Competition Committee: No changes to roughing the passer rule

Back judge Steve Freeman leaves Week 3 game in Atlanta

Browns sideline radio reporter Nathan Zegura removed from broadcasts for arguing with official

League will use Matthews’ tackle to re-educate defenses how to tackle

Corrente roughly describes roughing the passer call. It was rough

Riveron: 12 of 14 roughing-the-passer calls correct through Sunday

Progression of hits with the helmet in one word: plastics

NFL hires 24 full-time officials in second year of the program

Ed Hochuli joins judging panel for new NFL Way to Play Award

Hall of Fame Contributors Committee rejects McNally as finalist, no official will be in the Hall in NFL’s 100th season

Officiating video: What falls under new ‘use of the helmet’ rule

NFL trying out two new kicking game mechanics this preseason

After unprecedented referee turnover, 4 officials will try out to get the next promotion

Corrente: Tweak to fumble rule would change TD by AS-J to be A-OK in 2018

2018 rule changes

The replay timing rule change that’s not in the rulebook

In the process of updating the rulebook, there are the major rule changes approved by the owners and additional language updates to other parts of the rules related to those changes. Occasionally, there are other wording changes that clear up an ambiguity or use different language that better describes the current enforcement of the rule. Very infrequently, there will be other changes in the rules that are minor, but still substantive, without owner approval. This rule change, however, is in a category never seen before. It is a rule change that doesn't even appear in the rulebook, and it could affect

Mechanics

First-down spots limit the necessity for too many measurements

We have published stories over the years concerning the first down chains and how the chain crews work the equipment. While the chain gang is very competent, officials want to avoid bringing the chains in for a measurement whenever possible. They want to keep the game moving and sometimes measurements cause controversy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcKxA1tLsR4 In the NFL, all fields, both grass and turf, are well marked and have a hash stripe for each yard line. Officiating crews at every level start a series of downs on a yard marker, even though there may be a margin of several inches. Why? Simple. If a new series

Listen when crew mates want to talk about a call

Embed from Getty Images Pete Morelli's crew appeared to break down during a call in Week 4, as side judge Boris Cheek threw a flag for a horse collar tackle, that simply wasn't there. After a lengthy and sometimes animated discussion with his crew mates, Morelli announced the 15-yard penalty. First of all, down judge Steve Stelljes (pictured above) and referee Pete Morelli had a better view of the play than Cheek. Stelljes even shook his head "no" when the Saints were asking for a flag. Then Cheek threw his flag.  There was still a chance for the crew to get the call

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