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Author Archive for Ben Austro

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

Week 3 remainders

Roethlisberger inj PIT-STL

  Roethlisberger hit was a foul The hit by Rams safety Mark Barron that sidelined Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (video) should have been a penalty, according to former NFL officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos, and invoked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s season-ending injury from 2008 (video). “This was the same kind of play that knocked Brady out.…

Officiating video: Knees, tucks, and shifts of Week 2

Dean Blandino, the NFL vice-president of officiating, reviewed some of the rule interpretations from Week 2 in his weekly tape disseminated to the media (video download). This week’s video includes these calls: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was hit on a flea-flicker pass by Bears defensive end Pernel McPhee. This was a 15-yard foul on the…