More Referees on the Field?

29 Aug

I don’t know how many people actually care about the amount or positions of the officials on the field, but the NFL does. Recently the NFL officiating department has been experimenting with a number of changes. The newest change is adding an 8th official; due to the new change in the umpire position behind the offensive backfield.

The new experimental position is called a “deep judge”. He is positioned in the defensive backfield opposite the back judge. The “deep judge” primary responsibility is to watch for eligible receivers.

The NFL has been using the preseason to experiment with this new position. The final experiment game will take place Thursday (Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts). Before making any decision the competition committee will evaluate video. If they are satisfied they will add the position in the 2011 regular season.


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