2 reasons why Le’Veon Bell helmet-less TD can never be TD

Player safety must trump exceptions to the rule During the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night football game, the Steelers' Le'Veon Bell was lunging toward the goal line when he was hit with a devastating blow from the Ravens, knocking his helmet off.  Bell maintained consciousnesses long enough to fall across the goal line with

After Further Review: Safety is number 1 priority

Some of the officiating news items from Sunday: A couple of puzzling replay reviews: Mike Carey allowed a catch to stand, despite clear evidence the pass was incomplete, according to our Roundtable experts [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. Bill Vinovich ruled a player touched a loose ball with his foot while out

Officiating experts break down Week 12 calls

Pereira and Daopoulos analyze the officials Former NFL vice president of officiating and current Fox Sports officiating expert Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and current NBC Sports Network officiating expert Jim Daopoulos had many situations to explain during their weekly segments. Daopoulos talked about the strange circumstances surrounding a replay in

Blakeman crew cool under chaos

Week 13: Lions at Saints Clete Blakeman's crew officiated a game that could have easily become uncontrollable at any moment. It didn't help that they were shorthanded. Umpire Garth DeFelice left the game midway through the first quarter with a foot injury. That required the crew to readjust their mechanics to officiate

Quick calls: Week 4

Look for updates later in the day. If you see something, you can add a comment to this post or reduce it to 140 characters or less (@footballzebras). Giants at Cardinals Victor Cruz's catch has become its own post. Jerome Boger's crew had a simultaneous timeout call from the Giants' sideline and a

NFL fines, non-fines reveal official evals

We noted the players who were fined for on-field conduct in Week 1. Hidden in this list are some of the league's evaluations of its officials. If a fine is issued for a play where no flag was thrown, this is graded as a missed call. Also, in the case