Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

“FOOTBALL IS LIFE OR DEATH ... AND THAT’S HOW I COACH IT.”  

Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker and former NFL coach, delivers on of the keynote addresses at the 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.  

Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker and former NFL coach, delivers on of the keynote addresses at the 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.  

With those words, legendary Hall of Fame linebacker and former NFL coach, Mike Singletary’s kicked off the 4th Annual NFL-NCAA 2015 Coaches Academy, held February 20-23, in Nashville, Tenn. Fifty-eight college coaches, and current and former NFL players attended the three-day event designed to develop the game’s future coaches.

The coach emphasized the importance of faith, family and football — in that order. “If Mama [wife] does not support you then you will not be successful in your coaching career,” Singletary said. “And if you do not support your wife or significant other you will have problems in your family … I came home one day and said to my wife we have to make a marriage mission statement.”

Singletary stressed the importance of maintaining a work-life balance — a topic panelists and guest speakers echoed throughout the weekend. He gave examples how new coaches can introduce their wives, partners and significant others to the lifestyle, culture and code of conduct of coaching.

Speakers emphasized the importance of developing student athletes, building relationships and finding and developing your own coaching philosophy.

Charles Way, vice president of Player Engagement, addresses participants at the 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

Charles Way, vice president of Player Engagement, addresses participants at the 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

“I had teachers who believed in me academically and directed my path in life … they empowered me with the ability to make my own choices & educated decisions in my life,” said Charles Way, vice president of Player Engagement. Way discussed a holistic approach to developing student athletes, from the prep level to professional football and beyond.

“We work in a service industry — whether you are a coach, an athletic director or a director of player engagement — if you are not willing to serve without anything in return, then this is not the job for you,” said Way.

“You will have to spend time outside the Xs and Os,” said former general manager and current NFL Network analyst Charlie Casserly. “No matter what level you are at, player engagement needs to be a part of your philosophy. Your ability to improve a player off the field will improve and make a better player on the field.”

Felicia Martin, associate athletic director for academic services at Texas Tech University echoed Casserly, emphasizing the importance of “the total student athlete experience.”

The Coaches Academy also went over proper ways for coaches who are starting out to build and maintain relationships with their organizations, communities, the public and the media."

“Learn to drink their Scotch. Find out who can fire you and start there to build that relationship,” said Casserly.

David Norman, athletics director at Austin College, talked about how coaches at all levels are expected to be “an ambassador not only for your program but for every program in your department on a national level, community level and across your campus.”

Chris Cook, director of communications and marketing at Texas Tech, showed the aspiring coaches how to systematically approach social media and the traditional media, and how to capitalize on both to get a program’s message across to its stakeholders, including alumni, student body and recruits.

Experts also covered tough topics during the Coaches Academy.

“What is the definition of sexual consent?” asked Lisa Friel, NFL consultant and vice president of sexual misconduct consulting and investigations with T&M Protection Resources. A session called “Understanding your Environment” examined the specter of sexual assault and domestic violence in our society. The session provided participants with the same education that all NFL clubs, players and personnel are receiving on these issues. A sexual assault specialist, the NFL turned to Friel to help navigate the best practices in the workplace and learn what to consider and what to avoid when managing relationships.

Former Vikings head coach Dennis Green stresses the value of football to 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy attendees.

Former Vikings head coach Dennis Green stresses the value of football to 2015 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy attendees.

Significant time was spent over the weekend on personal development and how to be an effective coach.

Felicia Hall Allen, motivational speaker and president and CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associatescaptivated participants in the Personal and Professional Conduct Training session. “Lead yourself; Lead others; Lead with others,” said Hall Allen. “Regularly monitor your inner compass; be realistic about your capabilities; never stop learning”

“This presentation really resonated with me,” said Colts return specialist, Josh Cribbs. “Her presentation style is teaching me how to present myself wherever I am and to have my opening line ready for anyone I introduce myself to.”

Character, integrity, accountability, honesty, trustworthiness, and hard work were among the key values cited as necessary for coaches to build successful programs.

A football coach wears many hats: family man, businessman, supporter, ambassador, negotiator, mentor, auditor, reporter, recruiter, evaluator, communicator and football strategist.

 “The game of football has great value,” said legendary Vikings coach Dennis Green, as he wrapped the weekend’s event. “Matt Birk, James Thrash and Troy Vincent played the game and understood the value of the game”.

“As a player, I never thought I would work for the NFL. The reason I do is because I am my brother’s keeper.”

 DIRECTOR OF NFL PLAYER ENGAGEMENT, JAMES THRASH

Matt Birk is the current director of NFL Football Development, James Thrash is the current director of NFL Player Engagement and Troy Vincent Sr. is currently the executive vice president of NFL Football Operations. All are former players who have excelled on the field and off.

“Don’t forget about your experience as players, it counts. There was a time when it didn’t. Count all your years of football!” says Green.

 

The Coaches Academy is under NFL’s Player Engagement Next Platform. NFL Next challenges former NFL players to think about the “next step” in their lives and provides services and resources that foster a successful transition to life after their NFL playing experience. For more information on this program or other pipeline programs please visit nflplayerengagement.com.

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