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Author: Marcus Griep

New rules are the focus of weekly media tape

NFL 2016 Preseason Officiating Video

The NFL’s vice-president of officiating, Dean Blandino, has returned with his first officiating video of the year. The NFL’s preseason video focuses on rule changes and points of emphasis related to player safety. Points mentioned in the video include: All two-man high-low blocks are now illegal. See our earlier post on the high-low block rule…

Wild Card referees: Torbert, Parry, Coleman, Steratore

Football Zebras has confirmed the referees for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation. All times are Eastern. Three alternates are assigned to each game: generally,…

Intended receivers get defenseless player protections on interceptions

Defenseless player protections are being extended to the intended receiver on a pass after an interception or potential interception under a new provision this year. This provision closes a hole in the safety of receivers who already are considered defenseless while attempting to catch a pass or while completing the process of a catch. In…