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.

Charley Casserly, NFL Network analyst and former NFL general manager addresses attendees at the 2014 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

Charley Casserly, NFL Network analyst and former NFL general manager addresses attendees at the 2014 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

Thirty current and former NFL players are participating in the fifth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy, which begins Feb. 20 in Louisville, Ky. The three-day program, developed in 2011 by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, provides current and prospective coaches with education and networking opportunities to help them begin or advance their coaching careers.

Learn more about the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

The 2015 Coaches Academy keynote speakers include Pro Football Hall of Famer and former NFL head coach Mike Singletary; Dennis Green, former NFL and NCAA head coach; Charley Casserly, NFL Network analyst and former NFL general manager; and Tom Bowen, director of athletics at the University of Memphis.

The NFL players will be joined by 29 college football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience, bringing the total number of participants to 59. 

Name   Team Affiliation
Kenneth Amato – 
Courtney Bryan – MIA
Leroy Collins – JAX/WASH
Montiese Culton – NYJ
Sammy Davis – SD/SF/TB
Na’il Diggs – CAR/GB/STL
Gary Downs – ATL/DEN/NYG
Dovonte Edwards – DET/MIN/NYG
John Paul Foschi – OAK/KC/CIN
Renardo Foster – ATL/STL
Brandon Hughes – SD/CLE/NYG/PHI
Charles Lockett – PIT
Mike Lodish – BUF/DEN
Tyrone Poole – NE/CAR/DEN/IND
Brian Rimpf – BAL
Shaun Smith – CIN/CLE/DAL
Sam Smith – NE
Sammie Stroughter – TB
Tony Woods – STL/SEA/WASH
Paul Zukauskas – CLE

Name   Team Affiliation
Jamar Chaney – Free Agent
Demario Davis – NYJ
Donald Hawkins – DAL
Joshua Martin – KC
Jamon Meredith – TEN
Chris Neild – WASH
D’Anthony Smith – SEA
Jamar Taylor – MIA
Eddie Whitley – AZ
Wesley Woodyard – TEN

Name   Coaching position
Tim Belmore – University of Mary – offensive coordinator
Kenny Boyer – North Carolina Central University – quality control assistant coach, defense
Antonio Bradford – Alabama State University – associate head coach, offensive line
Shelton Bynum – Johnson C. Smith University – linebackers coach/assistant special teams coordinator
Brendan Carter – McKendree University – graduate assistant coach, wide receivers
Gerald Chatman – Butler University – defensive line coach
Darrin Chiaverini – Texas Tech University – assistant coach, wide receivers and special teams
Cornelius Coleman – Robert Morris University – defensive line coach
Chris Collins – Catawba College – defensive backs coach/co-special teams coach
Ari Confesor – University of Rhode Island – wide receivers coach
Autry Denson – Miami University (Ohio) – running backs coach
Jared Diekmann – Southeast Missouri State University – video coordinator
Ramal Faunteroy – Shepherd University – defensive line coach
Danny Freund – University of North Dakota – wide receivers coach
Joe Gaglione – John Carroll University – linebackers coach
Will Glover – Bethune-Cookman University – wide receivers coach
Jonas Jackson – Savannah State University – defensive line coach,
Lamar Manigo – Norfolk State University – tight ends coach
Tim McGorry – Moravian College – offensive coordinator
Justin Montgomery – Berry College – defensive line coach
Darren Paige – Midwestern State University – wide receivers coach
Herb Pickens – Lincoln University – defensive coordinator
Justin Poindexter – Southern University, Baton Rouge – tight ends coach
Albert Poree – Mississippi State University – defensive quality control coach, cornerbacks
David Price – Hiram College – defensive coordinator
Steve Shipp – Johnson C. Smith University – offensive coordinator
Ryan Smaha – California State University, Sacramento – director of football operations
Rashad Watson – Missouri Southern State University – defensive coordinator
Chris Zarkoskie – University of New Hampshire – strength and conditioning intern