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
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
According to a report from John Kryk in The Telegram, the NFL will not add an eighth official for the 2020 season.
The proposal is for the eighth official to be the sky judge (the position name bandied about at the moment).
The idea is for the sky judge to intervene and
It is a simple procedure. The game can’t begin without it. Before any football game starts the referee has to decide who gets the ball first. That question has been decided by the coin toss for the past 100 years. The coin toss determines who gets the first choice of
Today, it is rare to see officials spot the same football for two straight downs. Watch the next game and you'll see the wing officials tossing a new football to the referee or umpire after every play. For a regular game, the NFL prepares 48 game footballs and 6 special