5 officiating observations from 2017

With just one more game left this season, here are five officiating observations I noticed in the last six months of football. Too many ejections This year, NFL officials gave the hook to 20 players for fighting, a flagrant personal foul or for contact against an official. This is not because officials are

Championship weekend remainders: Pereira interview and Riveron status

Embed from Getty Images We have just a few things to note from the Conference Championship weekend. Former vice president of officiating, Mike Pereira weighed in on playoff football and the NFL updated the status of current senior vice president of Officiating, Al Riveron. Pereira: Playoff teams use more discipline Pereira spoke on

Riveron explains Bears’ TD overturn, predecessors skeptical

NFL vice president for officiating, Alberto Riveron, explained why he overturned Zach Miller's touchdown catch on replay, but that explanation did not convince former officiating boss Mike Pereira. Riveron explained (see Week 8 video) that as Miller's first leg landed (the one horribly injured), the ball was moving. "Now we know

More roster shifts as 2 officials move from the field to supervisor roles

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL has two more on-field officials to replace. Football Zebras can confirm the senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron, hired side judge Rob Vernatchi  and field judge Doug Rosenbaum as regional supervisors. Vernatchi and Rosenbaum join Bill Leavy, Garth DeFelice and Gary Slaughter as supervisors. In this