NFL posts vacancy for senior vice president of officiating

The NFL has posted the job description and application for the vacant position of senior vice president of officiating. SVP, Officiating The SVP -- Officiating will oversee all aspects of the Officiating Department inclusive of crew selection, training, performance assessment, communications and policy development with the primary goal being consistency and accuracy. Responsibilities Manage

Replay successes are inching back up toward 50%

Embed from Getty Images   2016 final replay statistics For the second year in a row, the replay reversal rate among head coaches has climbed following a steep drop coinciding with the introduction of connecting the referee to the New York command center in 2014. The success of the red flag has not

Success rate of coach’s challenges up slightly

Embed from Getty Images   Replay statistics through Week 14 Following last year's spike in replay challenges, NFL head coaches were able to maintain a similar success rate when tossing the red flag through the first 14 weeks of the regular season. At the conclusion of last season, reversals following a coach's challenge

NFL schedule of fines for 2016 season

The NFL fines for the 2016 season are subject to an automatic 5% increase from the previous season, according to the provision of the collective bargaining agreement with the players union and the league. Offenses against game officials Violation First Offense Second Offense Physical contact with official $30,387 $60,775 Verbal or other non-physical offense against official $24,309 $48,620 Player safety rules

Officiating crews for the 2016 season

Embed from Getty Images   Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2016 NFL season. This season, three new officials have been hired and only one retired. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, up from three last season, who will move between crews through the season.

Playoff coaches threw many red flags this season

Embed from Getty Images   2015 replay statistics After a precipitous drop in replay challenges last year, coaches were able to improve their reversal rate in 2015. The success of the red flag cratered at 39.4% last year, after being over 50% the year before -- the difference between those two seasons being

Replay reversals up sharply

 View image | The percentage of reversals on coach's challenges has risen about 5 percentage points from 39.4% at the end of the 2014 season to 43.4% after week 4, while the reversal percentage including booth reviews has increased 10 percentage points from 36.6% to 46.2%.Jim Caldwell leads the pack

Game ball procedure revised in wake of Deflategate

The controversy surrounding underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game known as "Deflategate" has spurred the NFL to enact new procedures for the handling of game balls. According to the league's independent investigation, the Patriots game ball supply disappeared from the officials locker room and was found in the custody

Officiating crews for the 2015 season

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2015 NFL season. This season, 10 new officials have been hired, with one additional hire after the NFL announcement in April. There are three veteran officials are designated as swing officials, who will move between crews through the season.