In order to prevent the spread of covid-19 through the air, the NFL and the NCAA wants its officials to wear a mask as much as possible. This means the officials have to modify their whistle technique.
So, this year many officials are using electronic whistles (you can see the whistle
Rookie NFL umpire Terry Killens, easily won the "most photographed official" award last week, but one of those photos gave us a glimpse of a newer way some officials keep track of the downs.
NFL officials traditionally use a simple piece of equipment to keep track of downs. They use an
In trying to keep ball carriers from being blown up this year, the NFL has directed officials to blow an early whistle to help prevent injuries.
The NFL wants officials to sound the whistle and shut down a play when the runner or quarterback is wrapped up. Usually the officials wait