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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

NFL Rules Enforcement

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

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

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

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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.

By John Ingoldsby

Eastham, Mass. – When you coach football for 34 years, the game helps shape your character and creates core values that you pass along to your young players.

So much so that Mike Sherman credits his football career for making him the man he is today, which is the head coach of a high school team for the first time ever.

“When you are the head of a football team, you have to run that team with core values, and football forces you to look at what those core values are and how they apply to not only you and your life, but to your football team as well, so you live your life by those core values, and I think that has helped me,” said the former Green Bay Packers coach and general manager.

“Football challenges you to be able to handle the ups and downs and peaks and values of a football season, that parallels in many ways our lives,” said Sherman. “It creates in you a mental toughness that helps you handle the adversity that you face on a regular basis, and it has definitely affected me and helped me develop as a man.”

An impressive man who was the head coach of Texas A&M University and served as an assistant coach with NFL, college, and high school teams before landing back in his home state of Massachusetts at the helm of Nauset High School on Cape Cod.

“My three core values are truth, passion and giving back more than you take,” said Sherman, who helped instill those ideals in the likes of quarterbacks Brett Favre and Ryan Tannehill, and also when successfully recruiting Johnny Manziel to the Aggies.

“Truthfulness and honesty are at the top of list. Demand the truth, tell the truth and seek the truth in all situations,” explained the native of Norwood, Massachusetts. “As a coach, you have to know what’s real and what’s not real. Deal with the real, and don’t worry so much about the not real. Truth is very, very important.”

But his other two mantras carry equal weight as well.

“My second core value is passion, as in love your life, career, family, God, team, and job, and just have passion about things that are in your life,” he added. “The third one is to give back, and since we get a lot in this life, I find the more you give the more you get, so give back to your teammates, don’t just take from your teammates.”

Today, Sherman is the one giving back, and after all he has done, his current position presents yet another new challenge.

“It’s tough being a high school coach, where you have to not only be a technician, but a dad, a mom, a brother, and a counselor,” he observed. “So, I am beginning by building this from the bottom up and meeting with Pop Warner coaches and such to ensure the future.”