Walt Coleman joins officiating’s exclusive 30 Club

The league's own press materials refer to him as "the dean of NFL officials." Referee Walt Coleman will take the field for his 30th NFL season when he blows the whistle to start Thursday's Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. In doing so, he will have reached a milestone

39 officials are on the NFL Officiating Development Program roster

Football Zebras has learned most of the officials that will make up this year's development roster. The Officiating Development Program began in 2013 as a way to give certain college officials advanced training by working in NFL training camps and preseason games. Initially, the program had 21 officials, but has

NFL restores the 2-member replay crew

Football Zebras has learned that for the 2018 season, the NFL will once again have a replay official and a replay assistant assigned to each on-field officiating crew. This is a slight change in personnel which ends an assignment practice in place for 2 seasons. When replay was reintroduced in 1999,

Scorecard of the 2018 NFL Spring Meeting

Below are the actions passed by the owners at their 2018 Spring Meeting in Atlanta. Each item is shown with the disposition of each proposal.  The playing rules proposals begin with 12, the next number after the ones considered in March. *Items that were tabled at the Annual Meeting in March are

Helmet rule heads into 2018 without further revision

NFL owners have but two residual playing rules proposals on their agenda entering the spring meeting in Atlanta: major revisions to the formation and contact on kickoffs and to expand the ability for the chief staff at the replay nexus to review. What is absent is any revision to the helmet