2013 rule changes will challenge officials

The NFL has announced the 2013 rule changes.  In most years, the rule changes are easy for the officials to adapt to and does not give extra headaches to the men in stripes.  All but one of the 2013 rule changes seem fairly benign.  Officiating-wise, I would say two rule

Is a wider field coming to NFL stadiums?

The NFL's Competition Committee last year briefly considered widening the field of play and some people think the NFL should consider the proposal again. According to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, the NFL briefly considered widening the field similar to the dimensions of the Canadian Football League.  The CFL

Pereira, Daopoulos grade refs for Week 15

The officiating experts have several pass plays to break down In this pass-happy league it seems like there are always several pass plays that shine the light on the officiating.  Former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox Sports officiating analyst Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and NBC Sports

Officiating experts grade Week 14 officials

Referee in Colts - Titans game never got replay shot to overturn Luck pick six The NFL's most prominent officiating experts had much to say about the officiating for Week 14.  Former NFL vice president for officiating and FOX Sports officiating analyst Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and NBC Sports

NFL should consider NCAA replay model

After Further Review: A look at the NFL replay review system Part 1 of a 4-part series After many confusing games this season where instant replay was the focal point, it might be time for the NFL to do away with coach's challenges and adopt the current NCAA instant replay system. Right now

Mike Pereira grades three Week 13 calls

Former officials' boss says the intentional grounding safety on 49ers a bad call Former NFL vice president for officiating and current FOX Sports football officiating analyst Mike Pereira broke down three very interesting plays from Week 13, including an intentional grounding call in the endzone that resulted in a safety on

Time to change NFL pass interference rule?

In officiating circles, there is a saying among the deep officials (back judge, side judge, and field judge) that the game for them is 58 minutes of boredom and two minutes of sheer terror.  For those officials, pass interference is one of those calls that contributes to that terror. When a

12 men in formation now stops play

2012 rule changes There's a new rule in the NFL this year, thanks in part to a play in the waning moments of last year's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. The Giants accidentally ran a play with 12 men on the field.  The penalty back