PLANO, TX – The phrase heard often at the 2019 NFL Officiating Clinic is this, “Let’s get it right.”
“It’s all about getting it right,” voiced NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron. “Our officials are very, very good, however, we always need to get better, want to get better because we owe it to the game. And anything that helps us get there, we are very supportive of.”
The solidarity of the officiating staff was evident as the crews and NFL Football Operations team are in one accord. The outcome of “getting it right” falls on all parties.
Through the clinics and year-round preparation, the NFL Caretakers are preparing for their role.
Getting it right is not solely about making the correct calls. Getting it right encompasses every detail of overseeing the game.
The players must be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared to excel on the field. Coaches need to commit their duties to produce the right product on the field. And the NFL Caretakers charge themselves to be prepared at all times to manage the play on the field, sustain the actions from the sideline and keep the integrity of the game intact.
For the sake of the game, all the components from top to bottom, side to side, whistle to whistle, need to be aligned with the game because the culture demands the proper process of truly getting “it right.”
“Players, coaches, retired player, owners, officials, that’s a part of thinking outside the box to vet all these situations to come to the right process,” says Riveron.