Breaking down the new NFL officiating hires

Football Zebras was first to report the news on May 3 that the NFL hired 10 new officials. As we digest the news, here are a few things that I have noticed. Commitment to diversity The NFL continues to hire minority and female officials. Down judge Robin DeLorenzo (pictured) becomes the third woman

5 Super Bowl LVI officiating observations

The longest NFL season ever has come to an end with a compelling Super Bowl. Here are five officiating observations from another classic game. 1. Another nice coin toss Over the years I've railed against the crush of media and hangers-on for the Super Bowl coin toss. Last year, the coin toss

7 officiating observations from Conference Championship Weekend

Another great playoff weekend is in the books and Super Bowl LVI is set. Here are seven observations I saw this weekend as it relates to officiating. 1. The officials let them play. Isn't that what fans want most of all? There wasn't one foul I saw this weekend that I thought

5 officiating notes from the divisional playoffs

What a weekend of NFL football! I've watched the NFL since 1978, and this is the best playoff weekend I can remember, featuring some of the most exciting games in NFL history. Here are five officiating observations from the weekend. 1. No picky fouls I cannot recall a penalty flag this weekend where

5 officiating observations from Wild Card weekend

Six wild card games in three days, including a triple header one day! Whew! Six crews, 42 on field officials, and lots of calls. Here are a few thoughts about the weekend. 1. Mistakes happen no matter the experience The Raiders-Bengals game featured an erroneous whistle (formerly called an inadvertent whistle). While

A shocking 3 officials miss all or parts of 3 games in Week 17

In an unprecedented situation, three NFL officiating crews worked all or part of three games with six-person crews. To the best of our memories, we cannot recall two crews working an official down on one day, let alone three. Hochuli crew starts with six Down judge Ed Camp did not start Giants-Bears

2 unusual penalties on the same play: illegal hideout and sideline interference

The Rams attempted to catch everyone off guard with a quick substitution/fake punt in the first quarter of the game against the Giants. The play eventually wound up confusing everyone watching the game as well. The Fox Sports broadcast crew had to dump out of the replay of the third down

Players are adapting to the taunting point of emphasis faster than expected

For 2021, the NFL Competition Committee issued a point of emphasis directing the officials to strictly flag a player for unsportsmanlike conduct if they taunt an opponent, through words and actions that disrespect or demean. At the time I predicted that players and coaches would adapt to the new emphasis point after

Instant replay mistake in AFC Championship Game confirmed

Sources tell Football Zebras that the NFL has internally acknowledged that replay incorrectly reviewed whether or not Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen stepped out of bounds before he threw a pass in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Referee Bill Vinovich ruled that Allen had stepped out of bounds before he threw the