Officials used to use a gunshot to signal the end to a quarter or half

It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994. When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s,

What’s to come in the 2020 offseason?

Embed from Getty Images The confetti is cleared. The countdowns have reset. Tampa is already beginning their preparation to host Super Bowl LV. This means that the NFL offseason has begun, and there are several items on the agenda for the officiating department, both in terms of rules and personnel. The

6 officiating observations of Super Bowl LIV

The centennial NFL season is in the books. Wasn't the Hall of Fame game like a month ago? As we bring the curtain down on Super Bowl LIV, here are six officiating observations. 1. Bill Vinovich ran a good coin toss What is it this year with captains and coin tosses? San

Special rules in place for the 2020 Pro Bowl

The NFL has furnished Football Zebras with the rules modifications in place for the Pro Bowl. For player safety and exhibition purposes, there are restrictions on formations, pass coverage, and rushing the quarterback or kicker. In addition, there are some rules and procedures in place to test for a possible

NFL100: Why did officials use a pistol to signal the end of the quarter?

It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that was first used in 1924 and lasted until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994. In the 1920s, procedures were standardized that the referee was the only official that

Penalties for illegal use of the helmet have a predictable 2019 debut

In 2018, greater scrutiny than ever before was placed on hits that fell under the new changes for use of the helmet to initiate contact. Players, coaches, and officials were instructed over a period of weeks on what was considered legal and illegal hits involving the use of the players

Former NFL players Jones and Killens talk about being rookie zebras

The NFL officiating season has begun, the NFL Network interviewed former pro players and rookie officials Nate Jones and Terry Killens. They and Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating, joined the program Good Morning Football. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs8gJXxnMcg Jones and Killens are two of six new hires for 2019, and they join current