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Week 1 remainders

Whenever we have a few loose items to cover, we will run a remainders column at the end of the week. Here are some things that got our attention: Roughing the punter call stands In the first quarter of the first Monday night game, Lions special teamer Jerome Couplin drew a roughing-the-punter penalty for his…

Week 1 officiating video: Points of emphasis, substitutions, and fumble-recovery reviews

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino released his weekly video on Friday (download) discussing some controversial and noteworthy calls for Week 1. As we expected, illegal contact, defensive holding and instant replay were among the points discussed. By the Numbers Total number of fouls was down in Week 1 from Preseason with an average…

Week 2 referee assignments

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Ed Hochuli (shown here last week talking to Rams coach Jeff Fisher) has the Thursday night debut for the Tiffany Network. Bill Leavy and his crew is off this week. Thursday, Sept. 11 Steelers at Ravens CBSNFLN —  Ed Hochuli Sunday, Sept. 14 Dolphins at Bills — Clete Blakeman Jaguars at Washington — Ronald Torbert…

After Further Review: Reunions, points of emphasis, and roughness fouls

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Quick calls for Week 1 [Football Zebras] You make the call on the punt coverage for the Browns [Ben Austro/Football Zebras] The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks realize they may be the motivation behind the highly enforced illegal contact penalty [Sam Farmer/LA Times] Calls for illegal contact and defensive holding, points of emphasis for 2014,…