Referee assignments, preseason week 2 In the second week of the preseason, the officiating department has assigned officials in the Officiating Development Program (ODP) to work on NFL crews. Also, after a one-year hiatus, there will be more experimentation with an eighth official. Back judge Perry Paganelli will work as a second back judge, referred

4 fouls on the play? It’s a team effort to help out the referee’s announcement Referee Shawn Hochuli had to sort out and announce four fouls this past weekend, drawing praise and admiration. First of all, when there are multiple fouls, the crew gets together and makes sure they are clear with the proper enforcement before giving options to the teams. This can get quite difficult

Officiating video: use of helmet, blindside blocks, roughing the passer, and reviewing pass interference

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'eeMlgY2qQX5eg1zNCeUrvQ',sig:'1SzjZtU6BubgajYKAkc_iPFOuaPUXCe-YBuM8iHdsxo=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'1165621909',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); In his first weekly video of the season, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron discussed plays from last week’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game that covered the most notable rules changes and points of emphasis from the offseason. Use of the helmet

Referee assignments, preseason week 1

Embed from Getty Images The offseason has finally come to an end, and the first week of the NFL preseason is here. Three new white hats — Adrian Hill, Scott Novak, and Brad Rogers — will be taking the field with their new crews this week. Hill is the only one

Officiating crews for the 2019 season

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2019 NFL season. This season, there are six new officials to replace four that retired and one that was fired. There are also three veteran officials designated as swing officials, increasing last season’s bench by one. The swing officials will move

Brad Rogers to fill newest white hat vacancy

Embed from Getty Images Field judge Brad Rogers, who will be entering his third season as an NFL official, has been promoted to the referee position, to replace retiree and three-time Super Bowl official John Parry, who retired on April 1. He will be the third rookie white hat for the

Candidates for white hat in 2019

The coveted white hat worn by the referee There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired. There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.

7 officiating observations for the 2018 season

Dale Shaw (Tennessee Titans) It was another great football season and, for us, there were several officiating stories from 2018. Here are the seven that stood out to me. 1. Hugo Cruz fired In one of the most shocking events of the year, the NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz in mid-season. This