Officials are back: Clinic begins for 2015 season

With ten new officials and several new rules, NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino will be busy over the next 2½ days. The NFL officials are meeting today in Dallas for their annual clinic weekend, a chance for Blandino to have his entire staff in the same room two weeks prior

R Bill Leavy retires after 20 seasons

Football Zebras exclusive View image | gettyimages.com Football Zebras has learned from two sources that Bill Leavy, an official in the NFL since 1995, wearing number 127, is stepping aside after 20 years to take the northeastern regional supervisor position for the officiating department, where he will observe other officials and grade

Officiating video: Replay reverses on unusual calls

NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino released his video highlighting several noteworthy rules and penalty enforcement from Week 15 games. Instant replay, hits on the quarterback, and a handful of rules that we don’t see too often were highlighted (download the video here). As expected, Blandino spoke on the call

Week 10 officiating video: Player safety always a focus

#458705712 / gettyimages.com This week, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino spent considerable time discussing player safety, and helping us understand when that safety might be in jeopardy. Also discussed in the Week 10 officiating video were officiating mechanics, instant replay and what constitutes unsportsmanlike conduct (download video here). Fouls on

Week 9 Officiating Video: Special Teams Plays a Focus This Week

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released the network and media video covering rules and calls of interest from Week 9. Blandino focused on special teams, injured player timeouts (again, but quickly) and forward progress determinations (video download). Special teams plays were of particular interest in this week’s video. Several

Week 8 officiating video: crackback blocks, official timeouts

#457964914 / gettyimages.com NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino today released the Week 8 media video. Topics this week included interception/touchback rules, crackback blocks, and timing rules (video download). Low blocks and crackback blocks were a topic of discussion during the Cardinals-Eagles game. The rule is that any player that is

Week 7 Officiating Video: Timing and Instant Replay

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino released his weekly video focusing on rules clarifications and instant replay (video download) Here’s a wrap up of his comments: As we covered on Sunday, during the game between St. Louis and Seattle last Sunday, St. Louis very clearly fumbled the ball at midfield.