NEW YORK, NY – NFL games are best described as managed chaos. From the sidelines (which includes sitting front of the television set), the action on the field can be confusing and misinterpreted.
Since the players, coaches, media and fans alike are highly emotionally invested in a game, the NFL Caretakers have to take complete control of the chaos by simply calling what they see on the field.
“Don’t change what you do, simply call what you see,” stated NFL Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron when he was addressing the referees at the NFL Officiating Mini-Clinic. “You guys have been doing this (officiating) right forever. Go with your gut, you are in control.”
Riveron has been the Vice President of Officiating for the past two years, but he has been involved with officiating for years. He commands the respect of his officials.
The referees, in turn, command the respect of their crews. Collectively, the NFL Caretakers command the respect of the game, and to do so, they must continue to “go with their gut” and call what they see.
“What they (the players and coaches) do on the field, it is what it is and call it,” voiced Riveron. “We (NFL officials) are the best in the world because we are the best at what we do. So, continue to do it and call what you see.”
The NFL Spring League Meeting begins May 21st and runs through May 23rd in Atlanta, Georgia. At that meeting certain rules will officially be instituted for the 2018 NFL campaign, primarily the kickoff rule. However, the NFL Caretakers continue to make preparations and discuss their points of emphasis for the upcoming season.
Illegal Contact – Self-explanatory
Defensive Offsides – Unimpeded – Killing the play when defensive players fly off the edge.
Body Weight On Quarterbacks – Defenders can’t apply extra weight on the quarterbacks after they hit the ground.
Whistles – Piles – Keeping players from landing on top of each other.
Protection of Snapper – On field goal/extra points, defender can not touch snapper.
Despite personal feelings towards rule changes, the NFL officials are completely on the same page. The NFL Caretakers do not only have to game plan for outcomes, they also monitor coaches and players who scheme against them and whose only desire is to manipulate the rule book.
Chance has always been a part of the game, and the NFL officials understand that – and they welcome it.
While the coaches, players, media and the public continue to be on the edge wondering about how this and that is going to be called, Riveron and crew already have everything under control.
And they will simply call what they see.