Football Zebras™

Category: Mechanics

Mark Schultz goes beyond the rules to examine officiating mechanics and procedures.

Concentration is key to avoiding wrong-way flags and other errors

Detroit Lions fans were aghast and pundits hooted at Jeff Triplette’s crew during Week 14 as umpire Shawn Smith called an illegal hands to the face foul. The foul was there, but Smith called it on the wrong team. The Bears were guilty of the infraction, but Smith called it on the Lions. How could…

‘5 will get you 1’: the effective method to measure a first down without measuring

  View image | gettyimages.com It’s 3rd-and-5. The quarterback is under center. The crowd is roaring. The quarterback barks hard and someone on the defensive line jumps. Flags fly and the wing officials come running to the referee to report an infraction. The referee intones, “Offside. Defense. Five yards. First down!” When the line to…