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Umpire position incubator for future NFL crew chiefs?

We know the NFL officiating roster for 2014.  The names have been announced, but one position assignment caught my attention.  Brad Allen, a collegiate referee and who worked the 2013 NFL preseason as a back judge in the advanced training program, will work his rookie season as an umpire.  Could this be the new way the NFL…

NFL discontinues officiating observer program

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Modern communications makes position redundant The NFL has discontinued its game observer program starting for the 2014 season.  Retired NFL officials usually filled these positions.  The eight game observers were informed that their services were no longer required after the 2013 season. Don Carlsen is a former NFL side judge who retired after the 2012…

U Garth DeFelice leaves field for regional supervisor post

Umpire Garth DeFelice watches the line as it closes in on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (David Silverman/New Engalnd Patriots)

Veteran’s move leaves 11 vacancies for 2014 Football Zebras exclusive Football Zebras can report that umpire Garth DeFelice will leave the field and become one of the regional supervisors for the officiating office. The supervisors have traditionally been the graders that evaluate the game tapes for accuracy in the officials’ calls. This position used to…

Sarah Thomas promotion on hold for now with 2nd year in development program

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21 advanced training officials include 7 from ’13 taxi squad The NFL has released the names of the college officials who will participate in the 2014 advanced training program.  The list includes two women: Sarah Thomas returns for a second year and Maia Chaka joins the program for her first year. What is interesting about…