I mentioned in an earlier blog entry today that a handful of NFL officials joined the Vikings at practice today and that on Friday they would meet with the media to go over the rules changes for 2009. But before the officials meet with the media, they will spend time with the team on the practice field and in meeting rooms.
“They come ready to work,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “I get them in all the meetings. They’ll make a presentation today at 4 p.m. about what rule changes there are and there is a video that goes along with that. I would rather be proactive about it and have them throw the laundry out on the field.”
Having referees calling penalties during practice could slow the tempo down slightly, but Childress said he told his team last night that he wants the officials to “call them like they see them” so that the players will know what to expect when the preseason and regular season roll around.
“They have teaching seminars,” Childress said, “and they can teach us what they learn and what points of emphasis there are. They can say, “Hey, if you do this I’m going to call that, but if you do this I’m not going to call that.” Certainly they can help us and I think our guys are going to use it that way.”
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