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Week 12 Photo Album

Side judge Jonah Monroe (Buffalo Bills)

Another active week in NFL officiating. The photos are courtesy of team photographers and Getty Images. Team photos (click on an image for higher resolution): From Getty Images: Referee John Hussey View image | Tom Brady not a fan of Corrente’s announcement View image | Pete Morelli View image | Pete Morelli…

Images from Week 11


Courtesy of Getty Images, here are some photos of officials in action in Week 11:   Line judge Gary Arthur has some bad new for Gene Steratore View image | The Steratore crew sorts out the inadvertent whistle View image | Mike Weatherford explains the ruling View image | Sarah Thomas View…

Punishments for a ‘fast public-relations fix’ do not improve officiating


Commentary by Mark Schultz I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind as the football season nears the halfway point. Fan reaction to tough judgement calls or admitted errors on various message boards — including our forum, Behind the Football Stripes — have summoned overheated calls for the termination of individual officials…

‘5 will get you 1’: the effective method to measure a first down without measuring


  View image | It’s 3rd-and-5. The quarterback is under center. The crowd is roaring. The quarterback barks hard and someone on the defensive line jumps. Flags fly and the wing officials come running to the referee to report an infraction. The referee intones, “Offside. Defense. Five yards. First down!” When the line to…