May 18, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – NFL officials are gathering together for the first time since Super Bowl LIII during the 2019 NFL Officiating Mini-Clinic. While new faces transition into the NFL Caretakers, the mission remains the same – Call what is seen and protect the integrity of the game.
The 2018 NFL campaign was successful despite the microscopic eye of HD replay cameras and commentators critiquing every play from every angle. While not perfect, NFL officiating strives for excellence after each snap of the ball until the final whistle.
With well over half a century of veteran officiating experience and leadership now eyeing the game from the outside looking in, there may be concern in the hearts of those who love the game. Nevertheless, despite the situations, good and bad, that happened last season, the transition towards this season will be better.
During the upcoming 2019 NFL Officiating Mini-Clinic, officials will collectively exchange their thoughts to help strengthen their disciplines and duties to be better than ever.
With both promotions and a line of new officials who are expected to join the list of candidates in their Officiating Development Program (ODP), the unit of NFL Caretakers will be just as talented as the previous legends as they journey on the path of excellence themselves.
NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron will instruct the ODPs on what is expected from them, what the job entails, and reiterate to the veterans what is needed from them to have another celebrated campaign.
The new rules changes will be discussed and the preparation of how to officiate them will be addressed. As the NFL Spring Meeting approaches, a list of more potential rule changes are on the table. Those targeted infractions will be highlighted as well and game plans for any yay’s or nay’s will be developed.
Transition can be difficult only if it is made to be and not appreciated. Transitions happen constantly and progression is a part of any grouping that does not settle for complacency.
NFL officiating is no different, and clearly, their transition will only make the NFL Caretakers better.