Mike Pereira, the former head of NFL officiating, said he thinks it is time for the NFL to make the head referee on each of the 17 officiating crews into a full-time employee.
The NFL has slowly been converting some its refs from part-time employees who work other jobs to full-time refs who focus solely on studying the NFL rules.
“My personal belief is the 17 referees all ought to be full time,” Pereira told the Associated Press. “They need to explore that notion because having only one full-time referee and umpire and line judge and the others makes no sense. It would not achieve to me what having all 17 full-time refs would, because they should be involved with everything. Be involved in proposals of rules changes and teaching their crews and working with the teams in the offseason.”