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Week 6 officiating video: preventative officiating is the accepted mechanic


Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, released his weekly media tape discussing the calls of the previous week (video download). First, Blandino addressed the preventative officiating mechanics of umpire Carl Paganelli signaling to Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower that he was in an illegal formation over center on the Jets last-second field goal attempt.…

Success rate of the coach’s challenge


through Week 6 The table below shows the percentage of reversals by coaches so far this season. The Falcons, Lions, Dolphins, Vikings, and Patriots have not challenged a play yet this season. Tony Sparano did not challenge a play in his only game as interim head coach of the Raiders. The number of reviews initiated…

Week 6 referee assignments


#153306829 / Ronald Torbert — seen here last season when he was a side judge — leads his crew in this week’s Thursday night game. The crews of Terry McAulay and Gene Steratore are off. Note: The Patriots-Bills game will now be aired by Fox, not CBS, under the cross-flex scheduling plan. Thursday, Oct.…