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8th official, full-time zebras, and expanded replay are still on the table

Embed from Getty Images   Roughing the passer could be subject to review It may still be a long-shot for 2017, but the NFL continues to consider adding an eighth official. Dean Blandino, senior vice president of officiating, says the league is considering adding an eighth official and that addition might free up the referee…

Blandino at officiating clinic: catch is the same rule, same outcome

NFL Referees at their pre season "Officiating Clinic" here in Texas pic.twitter.com/shaDSpAPbh — Ben Murphy (@benmurphytv) July 15, 2016 As officials settled into their annual clinic in Dallas, senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed the topic we’re both sick of and engrossed with: the process of the catch. The goal for fans and officials alike remains simply…

We’ve seen this before: Lack of experience part of the problem in 2015

View image | gettyimages.com   Too many new(er) officials can make for a rocky season The 1990s were a time of upheaval for NFL officiating. Art McNally retired after a long career as the NFL officiating boss. Jerry Seeman succeeded McNally. Seeman was ready build on McNally’s work and that work included making an imprint…

Punishments for a ‘fast public-relations fix’ do not improve officiating

Commentary by Mark Schultz I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind as the football season nears the halfway point. Fan reaction to tough judgement calls or admitted errors on various message boards — including our forum, Behind the Football Stripes — have summoned overheated calls for the termination of individual officials…