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.
"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
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.
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
Down judge Dana McKenzie made good use of his bean bag in the Week 1 Monday Night Football game.
Fans normally see officials drop the bean bag to indicate a fumble, interception or another change of possession.
McKenzie used the bag for a more rare purpose (at least at the NFL level).
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.
Over the years, we've chronicled the evolution of the referee microphone, from it's humble beginnings to it being used as a valuable teaching and explaining tool.
While some people might have snickered or rolled their eyes at long-winded announcements, they could not deny they knew what happened and why the officials
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
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
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