The first act of the actual Super Bowl game is the coin toss to see who gets the ball first. Believe it or not, there are set mechanics for regular season coin tosses. But in the Super Bowl, the NFL layers extra features with honorary captains, former players, former presidents
Mark Schultz goes beyond the rules to examine officiating mechanics and procedures.
Officials told to watch for illegal foreign objects used for FG and XP attempts
How does the NFL handle a suspended game?
An unimaginable, but always really possible, situation has confronted the league for the first time when Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced a medical emergency and collapsed in the first quarter of the Bills-Bengals game. The game was suspended in the first quarter and not resumed. Obviously all of the concern
Good whistle discipline is vital to good officiating
Referee Scott Novak and umpire Ramon George faced a difficult and potentially dangerous play in Week 14: a fumble scramble turned into a surprising touchdown run for the Miami Dolphins. https://streamable.com/gshb65 There a few mechanics things to unpack here. See leather! When there's a fumble and the ball disappears under a pile of several
After review, a reversal. NFL won't allow a holder to elevate a teed kickoff ball
The Raiders sought clarification on an unusual tactic for kickoffs. After initially granting approval, the league has reversed course on the rule interpretation it issued. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson found a way to get a little extra elevation by having a teammate hold the ball while it was on the tee.
2 generations of officials are at polar opposites when signaling the big call
A few weeks ago, our own Cam Filipe posted his Call of the Week, and he noted the calm, under-control signal by the covering official. https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1572626534661341184 "This isn't the 1980s," Cam noted. I resemble that remark! But it did cause me to reflect on how officials signal a call and how the
Football officials free to leave the field when the game is over
The end of this week's Monday Night Football game featured some angry moments as both teams came together to shake hands at the end of a hard-fought game. https://streamable.com/6a966d While plenty of media reported the incident, you'll notice the officials were nowhere to be found. That's because the officials' responsibility ends the moment
When the bean bag does more than mark change of possession
Look for the umpire and back judge to spot the ball during 2-minute drill
There was a ton of consternation this playoff season about the officials spotting the ball during the frantic final seconds of the football game. If there is a two-minute drill this weekend, here is what should happen. First of all, look for players to assist the officials in getting the ball spotted. https://streamable.com/cppnc6 The