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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

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

Big Data Bowl

The inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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.

The NFL announced the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, representing the best at the high school level.

These coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award — named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history — for their character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

“We are honored to celebrate the 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees, as each embodies the integrity, commitment and character of Coach Shula,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “High school football coaches not only serve as leaders, but as role models dedicated to shaping the lives of young high school players on and off the field.”

All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL, and will be recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football. Throughout the week, coaches will receive VIP access and accommodations at various events such as Pro Bowl practices, the Play Football High School Skills Showdown and Play Football Celebrity Flag game and the Pro Bowl game. These events will allow the coaches to interact and engage with various members of the football community. Each coach will also have an opportunity to invite a senior player on their roster to represent their high school football community in the Skills Showdown.

“It was truly the honor of a lifetime to be recognized as one of the elite high school coaches in the nation,” said Robert Garrett, the 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner. “As a coach, you never seek individual recognition or accolades and the priority is always helping young men to achieve their highest potential, but being nominated for the Don Shula Coach of the Year Award is special and this year’s nominees should be proud.”

Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program. They will also attend Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta as special guests of the NFL. The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2019 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC. The winner will also be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on CBS.

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals:

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer, Coach Don Shula – the winningest coach in NFL history
  • 2017 Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award winner Robert Garrett
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker
  • Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor Gil Brandt
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy
  • Executive Director of USA Football Scott Hallenbeck
  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) Willie McGinest
  • 2x AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year and current head coach at the Sayre School Chad Pennington
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XXXV Champion Rod Woodson
  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal Aaron Thomas, son of the school's late football coach, Ed Thomas

Below is a full list of 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees:

NOMINATING TEAM SCHOOL COACH
Arizona Cardinals Highland High School Brock Farrell
Atlanta Falcons Pike County High School Brad Weber
Baltimore Ravens Glenelg High School Butch Schaffer
Buffalo Bills Clymer-Sherman-Panama High School Ty Harper
Carolina Panthers Tarboro High School Jeff Craddock
Chicago Bears Sacred Heart-Griffin High School Ken Leonard
Cincinnati Bengals Wyoming High School Aaron Hancock
Cleveland Browns Kirtland High School Tiger Laverde
Dallas Cowboys Duncanville High School  Reginald Samples
Denver Broncos Sedgwick County High School Chris Michel
Detroit Lions Reading High School Rick Bailey
Green Bay Packers Muskego High School Ken Krause
Houston Texans Santa Fe High School Mark Kanipes
Indianapolis Colts Warren Central High School Jayson West
Jacksonville Jaguars Mandarin High School Bobby Ramsay
Kansas City Chiefs North Kansas City High School Leon Douglas
Los Angeles Chargers Lawndale High School Travis Clark
Los Angeles Rams Mater Dei High School Bruce Rollinson
Miami Dolphins Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Aaron Feis
Minnesota Vikings Owatonna Senior High School Jeff Williams
New England Patriots North Andover High School John Dubzinski
New Orleans Saints Notre Dame High School Lewis Cook
New York Giants Hasbrouck Heights High School Nick Delcalzo
New York Jets Midwood High School Anthony Odita
Oakland Raiders Canyon Springs High School Gus McNair
Philadelphia Eagles St. Joseph’s Preparatory School Gabe Infante
Pittsburgh Steelers Upper St. Clair High School Jim Render
San Francisco 49ers Liberty High School  Ryan Partridge
Seattle Seahawks Colville High School Randy Cornwell
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pinellas Park High School Kenneth Crawford
Tennessee Titans Oakland High School Kevin Creasy
Washington Redskins Highland Springs High School Loren Johnson

About the NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football — from players at all levels to communities across the country.

The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit www.NFLFoundation.org or follow @NFLFoundation on Twitter.

About Play Football: Play Football is a year-round initiative celebrating youth and high school football. Play Football works to shape the football experience, advocate for safety, promote football values and connect football communities. For more information, featured football stories, best practices and resources aimed to create a positive playing experience, visit PlayFootball.com or follow @NFLPlayFootball. Join the conversation on social media using #LetsPlayFootball.

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