[Editor's note: This is our weekly entry on officiating at National Football Post.]
Few things are certain in life: death and taxes — and football officials will make errors.
If pass interference isn’t called, it is in most cases a judgment call and not a problem, so long as it is applied
Any one of them can either do or not do something that saves the crew or kills the crew — either one.
— former NFL referee Red Cashion in The Third Team by Richard Lister
There was a great deal of interest generated in Week 1 when Randall Cobb returned a punt 75
Week 1: Rams at Lions
4th quarter | 2:45 remaining | Tied 20-20 | STL ball | 2 & 12 @ DET 31
"First, let me explain this to you," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher prefaced his comments. "This is separate from the officiating. This is a clock operator error."
Fisher, who also
We will be tracking the officiating in the two Monday night games concluding the opening weekend of 2012. If you see something or have questions, post them in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras.
Officials spotter's charts are in this post.
Week 1: Packers at 49ers
There were many controversies between the Packers and 49ers, but one of the more minor disagreements in the game could have erupted into a major fracas partly due to a lack of observation and game sense from the back judge, Peter Shafer, number 94.
With 4:47 remaining
Seahawks at Cardinals
4th qtr | :31 | AZ 20-16 | SEA ball | 2nd & goal @ 5 | video
In the waning seconds of the game with the Seahawks trailing, a complete misapplication of the rules by the replacement officials nearly reversed the result of the game.
If an injury occurs
Watch here for a rundown of the calls that are under discussion today. Did you see something? Hit the comments section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras.
Also, here are the rule changes for 2012:
Overtime follows the modified sudden-death rules if a field goal is scored on the first possession