With just one more game left this season, here are five officiating observations I noticed in the last six months of football. Too many ejections This year, NFL officials gave the hook to 20 playersÂ for fighting, a flagrant personal foul or for contact against an official. This is not because officials are
Crew followed standard procedure to prepare footballs for the game The past 24 hours have featured a media frenzy where the New England Patriots are accused of deflating the game balls to better suit quarterback Tom Brady in the wet weather.Â The NFL is investigating the matter. By rule, footballs need to
This weekâ€™s officiating video for the media from officiating vice president Dean Blandino covers what appears to be this seasonâ€™s most difficult calls (video download). As we broke down on Sunday, the fourth-quarter punt return by the Lions was negated by a replay of a Cardinals possession at the goal line.
#457964914 / gettyimages.com NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino today released the Week 8 media video. Topics this week included interception/touchback rules, crackback blocks, and timing rules (video download). Low blocks and crackback blocks were a topic of discussion during the Cardinals-Eagles game. The rule is that any player that is
2014 rule changes The Competition Committee offered up a proposal that received little discussion, and was explained by committee member Jeff Fisher in a fairly obscure manner: Basically, this Proposal Number 13 is going to simplify everything; clean it all up, make sure we donâ€™t have any issues. [The officials] have a