NFL officials have several tools to try and maintain order and prevent the game from degenerating into a fight. The biggest tool, short of throwing a flag, is preventative officiating. Officials don't want to throw flags and throw people out a ball games, so they use their people skills to
The NFL officials had to issue too many ejections in Week 1. Of the three, two were for unsportsmanlike conduct and one was due to a flagrant helmet foul. One of the first games of the day features a disqualification The yellow laundry starting flying early in Jacksonville. Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack
Embed from Getty Images The NFL, in an attempt to protect its officials, sent a memo to all teams on Monday warning of "significant" punishment if players and coaches continue to physically and verbally abuse officials. According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, wrote, "In
NFL officials ejected five players in Week 9 for fighting. It should have been six. And the one who avoided the ejection ended up suspended. Ejection after several warnings It all started in the Bengals-Jaguars game. A.J. Green (pictured with umpire Fred Bryan above) and Jalen Ramsey had been going at it all
Embed from Getty Images The NFL Competition Committee is considering having officials eject players for flagrant hits, cracking down on celebrations and taking the next step in instant replay technology. The committee met last week to consider modifying rules to improve the game. If the Competition Committee recommends any rule changes, the owners
Embed from Getty Images Commentary by Mark Schultz A few weeks ago, Jon Solomon of CBS Sports opined that it is time for college football officials to eject head coaches for over-the-top sideline unsportsmanlike conduct. I completely agree. While an overwhelming number of coaches at the college level behave themselves, it is
Embed from Getty Images No iconic calls, but Blakeman's crew handles business The game wasn't a classic, but it was more competitive than the 24-10 score. While none of the calls from Super Bowl 50 will make our list of best all-time calls, the officiating crew can be satisfied with their efforts. Here
Embed from Getty Images John Parry's crew set the tone in the pregame warm-ups: There would not be a repeat of the Week 14 nonsense between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That game featured several altercations that later drew league fines.Parry's crew put on a visible display in the pregame.