Week 11 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images Ron Torbert will be the referee for the Thursday night game in Pittsburgh. John Hussey will work the final game in the International Series this season when the Patriots and Raiders face off on Sunday afternoon from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The Buccaneers and Dolphins will play their game initially scheduled for Week 1 this Sunday. Pete Morelli was initially assigned to this game, however, Tony Corrente will be in Miami to officiate the makeup game. The crews of Clete Blakeman, Jerome Boger, and Terry McAulay are off this week. The Panthers, Colts, Jets, and 49ers have a

Week 10 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images Walt Anderson will have his crew on hand for the Thursday night game between the Seahawks and the Cardinals. Three crews are off this week -- John Hussey, John Parry, and Craig Wrolstad -- and the Ravens, Chiefs, Raiders, and Eagles all have a bye week. Thursday, Nov. 9 Seahawks at Cardinals  NBC NFLN  —  Walt Anderson Sunday, Nov. 12 Saints at Bills  —  Terry McAulay Packers at Bears  —  Tony Corrente Browns at Lions  —  Carl Cheffers Steelers at Colts  —  Clete Blakeman Chargers at Jaguars  —  Ron Torbert Jets at Buccaneers  —  Brad Allen Bengals at Titans  —  Jeff Triplette Vikings at Washington  —  Bill Vinovich Texans

2017 rule changes

New for 2017: No dawdling

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL, in trying to get all the commercials played yet get off the air in time for 60 Minutes, wants the officials and teams to hustle between the try for point or field goal and the ensuing kickoff and not to wait for TV if there is a replay challenge. In 2014, the average time of a NFL game was 3:06. It creeped up to 3:09 last year. For 2017, the NFL has new mechanics to move the game along. Hustle up After the extra point or successful field goal, the 40-second play clock starts. The officials and teams


Video: Spotting a punt that goes out of bounds When a punt goes out of bounds in the air, officials have to spot the ball at the point where the ball goes over the sideline. How do they determine the spot? It's an officiating mechanic that requires a little teamwork from the crew.

Learning never stops at the top levels for officials

  One of the consistent qualities for top-notch officials is that they are coachable. Coaches love it when one of their star players is coachable, and officials need that same quality. A master learns an early lesson Midway through his Big 10 officiating career, referee Jerry Markbreit learned a lesson. A deep pass went for a touchdown -- or so he thought. As soon as he saw an official go up with a touchdown, he turned to the press box and flashed the signal. When he looked again, he saw that another official over-ruled the calling official, and the play was incomplete. In his