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.


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 and NCAA will host the sixth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 19-21. The three-day academy hosted by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 58 coaches and coaching prospects — including 29 former NFL players — with training and education to encourage effective coaching and to improve student-athlete well-being at all levels.

Keynote speakers for the 2016 academy include former NFL general manager Charley Casserly; NFL senior vice president of Football Operations and former NFL general manager Rod Graves; University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan; University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel; and former NFL head coach and general manager Mike Sherman. Other guest speakers and panelists will include coaches from the high school and professional levels.

“The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy offers an opportunity for former NFL players who are currently coaching at the high school and collegiate levels to learn firsthand from experts about the personal values, individual behavior styles and viability of a career in coaching,” said Charles Way, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This education and training helps to create a positive environment for players, coaches and staff at all levels of football.”

“Continuing the education of coaches can provide a better, more complete, experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football is crucial now and in the future.”

In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s peer-to-peer model, participants will learn about coaching in workshops and interactive discussion panels with NFL, NCAA and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators.

In addition to coaching strategies and philosophies, participants will learn how to effectively communicate with campus and community constituents and the importance of building a developmental culture to help their athletes succeed on and off the field. They will also have the opportunity to develop a professional network of fellow coaches, NCAA and NFL staff and other key resources in the sport.

2016 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy Participants

Steven Aycock, Offensive Line Coach, Jackson State University

Antonio Banks (MIN), Assistant Strength Coach, University of Tennessee (2011-2012)

Christopher Barber (CIN, TB), Defensive Coordinator, Lakeland High School

Donnell Bennett (KC, WAS), Head Coach, Coral Springs Christian Academy

Chadd Braine, Defensive Coordinator, East Stroudsburg University

Diaello Burks (CAR), Head Coach, LaGrange Grangers (GA Force Arena Football League)

Noah Burroughs (JAX), Assistant Coach, Nassau Community College

Ben Buys, Running Backs Coach/ Azusa Pacific University

Tyler Card, Offensive Line Coach, Sul Ross State University

Matthew Clark, Tight Ends Coach, University of Louisiana at Monroe

David Clowney, IV (BUF, CAR, GB, NYJ), Wide Receivers Coach, ASA College

Ryan Crow, Offensive Coordinator, Baldwin Wallace University

Montiese Culton (NYJ), Assistant Linebackers Coach, Texas A&M University at Commerce

Thabiti Davis (NYJ), Wide Receivers Coach, Winston-Salem State University

Aaron De La Torre (DAL, PIT), Head Coach, Irving High School

Autry Denson, Jr. (CHI, IND, MIA), Running Backs Coach, University of Notre Dame

Abe Elimimian (CHI, SD), Secondary Coach, University of Hawaii

Christopher Ellis (BUF, PIT), Defense Ends Coach, Christopher Newport University

Hebron Fangupo (KC, SEA, WAS), Graduate Assistant, Brigham Young University

Darrell Fullington (MIN, NE, TB), Assistant Coach, Miami Northwestern High School

Keith Goganious (BAL, BUF, JAX), Head Coach, Bishop McNamara High School

Ben Gray, Assistant Football Coach, Elmhurst College

Ryan Hansen, Co-offensive Coordinator, Maryville College

James Harrell (DET, KC, TB), Defensive Coordinator, Plant High School

David Hart, Wide Receivers Coach, Morehouse College

Deon Henry, Secondary Coach, Rowan University

Joseph Henry, Tight Ends and Fullbacks Coach, Prairie View A&M University

Felton Huggins (JAX, BUF), Wide Receivers Coach, LaGrange College

Leonard Humphries (IND), Defensive Backs Coach, Football University

Bruce Jackson, Defensive Coordinator, Stillman College

Donovan Jackson, Offensive Line Coach, Savannah State University

Rodrek Jones (CIN, STL, WAS), Athletic Director, Central Collegiate Academy

Theron Jones, Linebackers Coach, Fayetteville State University

Adam Kirby, Offensive Line Coach, McMurry College

Jeff Kopp (BAL, JAX, MIA, NE), Head Coach, Providence High School

Kyle Kramer (CLE), Tight Ends Coach, MidAmerica Nazarene College

Cleo Lemon (BAL, JAX, MIA, SD), Wide Receivers Coach, University of Findlay

Charles Lockett (PIT), Running Backs Coach, Bethany College

Todd McComb, Outside Linebackers and Safeties Coach, Winston-Salem State University

Lorell McCook, Offensive Line Coach, Cheyney University

Dell McGee (ARI, DET), Running Backs Coach, University of Georgia

Chuck Miesbauer, Defensive Backs Coach, University of Mary

Adam Morris, Wide Receivers Coach, Campbell University

Bemi Otulaja, Defensive Line Coach, Marist College

Lamar Owens, A-Backs Coach, Georgia Tech University

Cory Peoples (PHI), Cornerbacks Coach, Charleston Southern University

William Pluff, Jr., Defensive Coordinator, Utica College

Mario Price, Running Backs Coach, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Anthony Scott, Offensive Coordinator, Lincoln University

Antone Sewell, Defensive Coordinator, Bowie State University

Dwight Sutton, Cornerbacks Coach, Eastern Kentucky University

Hurley Tarver (SF, CLE, DAL, GB, TB), Head Coach, Tampa Bay Patriots (Minor League Football)

Chip Vaughn (NO, PHI, IND), Defensive Coaching Intern, Winston-Salem State University

Marlon Watson, Defensive Backs Coach, Alabama A&M University

Jen Welter, Defensive Coaching Intern, Arizona Cardinals

Chad Williams (BAL, SF), Defensive Coordinator, Valdosta State University

Roosevelt Williams (CHI, CLE, NYJ), Defensive Coordinator, Lincoln University

Raymond Woodie, Defensive Coordinator, University of South Florida