Goodell: NFL to consider some full-time officials

January 15, 2012 - 11:47 AM
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to a reporter's question before an NFL divisional playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans in Baltimore, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

BALTIMORE (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will look into making about 10 game officials full-time employees to help with consistency in the way rules are applied.

Speaking to a group of about 75 fans before Sunday's playoff game between the Ravens and Texans, Goodell said the proposal would have those officials go to the league offices in New York to help review game films and evaluate the calls.

As of now, all of the officiating crews for NFL games are filled with part-time employees.

Goodell also told the fans the rules committee will examine whether teams should be allowed to hire assistant coaches who left other teams during the same season, as happened with the Patriots and Josh McDaniels. Goodell said clubs don't think it's a big issue.