Jeff Darlington reports from the Officials Clinic in Dallas for NFL Network.
Brad Allen: ‘a double rookie’ at clinic
AP reporter Stephen Hawkins speaks to first-year NFL official Brad Allen, who is the first official in 50 years to work the referee position in his first NFL season.
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The league announced that Mark Pellis has been hired to fill the vacancy left by the surprise retirement of Mike Carey, who left the field to become an officiating analyst for CBS Sports. He is the 13th college official hired by the NFL this offseason. Pellis comes to the NFL from the American Athletic Conference…
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2014 rule changes The 2014 replay process is going to be much the same as the process from 2013; the changes being made to the system probably will barely register with most fans. There were too many hurdles to implementing a true centralized replay system, so a simple change will allow the senior officiating staff…
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Replaces Ray Anderson as Goodell’s “number two” Troy Vincent, the All-Pro cornerback who transitioned into an executive role in football after leaving the field, is the new NFL executive vice president of football operations. He will be the second highest ranked executive in the league after commissioner Roger Goodell. Vincent played for 15 seasons which…
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The NFL could soon see more former players become officials. The league is sending 14 former players and one active player to a pair of officiating clinics over the next three days. The first clinic is tomorrow, March 13. It is the league’s Fast Track Clinic, run by the Football Officiating Academy and NFL Player…