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.
Football officials have mechanics for everything. Believe it or not, they even have mechanics for a pile up and fumble scrum.
It is critical for the officials to get to the bottom of the pile and determine possession as soon as possible. First of all, possession can change hands under the
When I wrote a recap of the 2020 season, I closed my column by saying "may we never again have another like it."
This season, covid-19 is still with us, but for the officials, it will not be a repeat of 2020.
The NFL reported that 99% of its employees have been
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers loves to move his offense to the line of scrimmage quickly and snap the ball in an attempt to catch the defense off-guard, and perhaps with too many men on the field. Even the late great Alex Trebek knew this. However,
This year, Walt Anderson, senior vice president of officiating training and development, trained the officials to get in position and be stationary at the apex of a play. The philosophy is that a stationary official's eyes will be still and he'll be able to zero in and focus on the
NFL teams have no more bye weeks for the rest of the 2020 season.
That means only one crew will be on a bye week in Week 17 (16 games, 17 crews).
With covid-19 a constant threat, the NFL has to be crossing its fingers that full crews of seven will be
A scramble at the end of the first half of the Monday evening game has the NFL officiating department focusing on their procedures when there is a running clock at the end of the half.
With seconds to go in the second quarter without timeouts on 3rd & 16 from
The final, thrilling, frantic seconds of a football game is always stressful. For the officials, the pressure builds. One of their prime responsibilities is to get the ball ready for play and not cause an unfair delay to the offense.
Over the years, the officials have developed ball relays down to
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
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In two different games from the Week 2 slate of NFL games, the challenge flag became a point of conversation. In the Sunday night game in Seattle, the crew failed to notice a challenge flag thrown by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick before the start of the