Rule change plugs the hole to drain the clock

At the 2017 NFL owners meeting this past spring, owners voted to approve a rule change proposed by the Competition Committee that disallows teams to intentionally commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the clock. Officially, the new rule (12-3-3) reads: A team may not commit multiple fouls

Referee Morelli with a pre-season chuckle on-mic

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'NEk5yZLUS8lxYVmcrZJncQ',sig:'-oRE3cA9Vsuzq_etUoeXFrXZQtchVFAjpeKxLOP5ShA=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'614681652',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   Sometimes a situation on the football field leaves everyone smiling--even the officials. Such a moment happened this weekend during the 49ers-Broncos pre-season game. There were a whopping five fouls on one punt play. As the officials reported to referee Pete Morelli, the absurdity of the

50 Super Bowl calls, Part 1: L to XLI

The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, attain the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for

When officials’ jobs are on the (goal) line

Officials, especially the line judge and head linesman, always work to get the forward progress spot. In order to do so, they are taught to trail the play by a few yards and then square up once the ball is dead. But, when a big progress spot is important, the

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