Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Will Parks unwittingly provided the first case study of a pervasive new rule governing low blocks.
It was an understated rules change, although teams were made aware of the intent of the new rule in March. A video was distributed to all the teams to get
A new point of emphasis this season aims to cut down on taunting and other actions that disrespect or demean an opponent.
The NFL is directing its officials to "strictly" call unsportsmanlike conduct on players who taunt opponents -- be it taunting through words, or posing in front of or over
This past week and in the coming few weeks, NFL teams will hold inter-squad scrimmages or scrimmage with another NFL team. It is not a formal game. It's a chance for players to get a semi-real feel of a game. The NFL assigns officials to these scrimmages to work the
Al Riveron, the senior vice president of officiating for the past 7 seasons has retired from the NFL, according to reporting from the NFL Network.
Riveron was elevated to senior vice president in 2017 after the departure of Dean Blandino in that role. In 2020, the league hired two other men
This offseason, the NFL approved a new rule change to low blocks that limit their use to a box two yards outside the tackle and five yards on either side of the line of scrimmage from which they can be initiated. Low blocks are illegal by any player everywhere else
As predictable as the cliff swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano and the wildebeest stampeding across the Serengeti, another annual migration is noted for bringing a long suffering end to the football offseason: the zebras converging on Dallas in July. In what could be described as the NFL officials' three-day
In a move most likely attributed to the closed border between the United States and Canada, the NFL–CFL officiating exchange will not happen in 2021.
Instituted in 2016, the NFL–CFL Officiating Development Program gives NFL and CFL officials more experience. Over the years, several NFL officials worked CFL games in late
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Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2021 NFL season. This season, there is one new official to replace 6 that retired; those hired in the second wave of hires during the 2020 offseason are being retained as permanent officials. There are also 2
Three more NFL officials have retired from the field, making a total of six officials that have retired in the 2021 off-season. Previously, Bart Longson, Tom Symonette and Ruben Fowler retired.
After this weekend's mini-clinic comes news that back judge Steve Freeman, back judge Tony Steratore, and line judge Gary Arthur
Pop the champagne and bust out the fireworks, as today, we ring in the new year. May 15 marks the first day of the NFL officials being “in season” following the offseason “dark period”, which begins after the Super Bowl. This period is provided to the officials as a way