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Bruce Arians wants full-time officials working at team practices

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is the newest member of the league’s competition committee, and in that new role he’s acting as a strong backer of full-time officials.

Arians said that contrary to those who think there’s not enough work to justify officiating as a full-time position, NFL teams could have officials working at their practices and it would improve both the quality of officiating and the quality of play.

“The biggest thing is they can come to practice and work practices and do things,” Arians said, via the Arizona Republic. “To me, the No. 1 scenario is that you’d have enough crews to go in every city — half crews or four-to-five-man crews — and work practice, work every single day, and not call that team’s games. . . . Just be a full-time official that has to make quick decisions and stays in shape.”

The NFL already has a few full-time officials, but there’s increasing support in the league for making every referee a full-time employee, and perhaps for having many of the other on-field officials classified as full-time workers as well. Arians thinks they’ll have plenty of work to do.

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19 Responses to “Bruce Arians wants full-time officials working at team practices”
  1. weepingjebus says: Apr 6, 2017 2:22 PM

    They don’t need the extra practice if they will just be told what the close call results are from Park ave on Sundays. #Goodellogic

  2. mrwalterisgod says: Apr 6, 2017 2:24 PM

    Odd, the coach whose team benefits from flags on 3rd down more than any other team (seriously, look it up) wants the refs at practice.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 6, 2017 2:25 PM

    “Arians said that contrary to those who think there’s not enough work to justify officiating as a full-time position”

    Of course there’s enough work. It doesn’t matter where they live every official should meet online every week during the season to stream and review every game and every call made.

    This will lead to consistency between crews across the board and ensure there are not major differences in the way different crews call a game.

    During the offseason the review all games from the previous season the same way especially any game noted for horrible calls.

    With the constantly changing rules it also gives them an opportunity to make sure they all know the rulebook inside out.

  4. lingsun54 says: Apr 6, 2017 2:34 PM

    The biggest problem with officiating is the inability of the officials to see every player interaction from every angle during the whole play. Having full time officials won’t change this.

  5. pittsburghdamned says: Apr 6, 2017 2:35 PM

    How does this guy find time to accomplish anything with the all the energy spent whining all the time?

    He and Harbaugh might be fraternal twins

  6. derek1800 says: Apr 6, 2017 2:35 PM

    The problem is the commish only likes doing things that were his idea. Full time refs weren’t something he came up with so he views it as a failure if it gets adopted since he wasn’t the one to realize it was needed.

    No other explanation possible that makes sense.

  7. lingsun54 says: Apr 6, 2017 2:36 PM

    The NBA has full time officials. Their season is 82 games but you still don’t have consistency with officials.

  8. MostlyRight says: Apr 6, 2017 2:57 PM

    Yes please. A multi-billion dollar industry and the reffing has been awful. This wouldn’t fix everything but it’s a step that’s been needed a long time now.

  9. wib22 says: Apr 6, 2017 2:59 PM

    calm down there brucey

  10. Mudcat Jefferson says: Apr 6, 2017 3:09 PM

    They need a full time QB

  11. Mudcat Jefferson says: Apr 6, 2017 3:09 PM

    They need a full time QB

  12. AngryHumanoid says: Apr 6, 2017 3:38 PM

    Honestly I don’t see a downside to this, the more the refs practice seeing plays and calling penalties the better, instant feedback towards the players as to what is or is not a foul is good. I would want the refs to be constantly mixed up and work with other refs, so there is more consistency across teams.

    There is no reason the NFL can’t find people willing to work 52 weeks a year as a ref.

  13. bpurd says: Apr 6, 2017 3:39 PM

    An official isn’t going give up their business or their pensions for the NFL. Why would a guy give up his lively hood for a job he could get let go from in a year.

  14. laserw says: Apr 6, 2017 3:39 PM

    The NFL could immediately improve officiating by terminating Ed Hockuli, Jeffie Sue Triplette, and Jermome Boogers. These three make up 90% of the bad calls in the NFL and likely make up a third of all the calls they make out of thin air.

  15. campcouch says: Apr 6, 2017 5:12 PM

    Most of the refs have jobs. Lawyers, businessmen and so on. The pay would have to be substantial or the contracts favorable enough for them to set aside their private enterprises just to officiate daily. Unless you groom your own officials and make it an occupation. Refs gotta eat too right?

  16. winningisabrees says: Apr 6, 2017 5:30 PM

    and a QB

  17. bueller101 says: Apr 6, 2017 6:10 PM

    Getting too close to players in practice after hanging there for weeks is a risk, too.

  18. ibillwt says: Apr 6, 2017 9:51 PM

    My guy up in Foxboro might not feel the same way.

  19. outlawshark says: Apr 6, 2017 11:52 PM

    Consider it a training program for younger, more fit officials. The dinosaurs we have running around now could use some competition.

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