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‘Official Review’ Week 3: a hideout and TD wipeout

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The semiregular “Official Review” segment appeared for (I believe) the first time this season on NFL Total Access. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed two calls (video): The hideout play executed by Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (which we covered Sunday) was reviewed. Blandino added this illegal maneuver is legal maneuver between the goal line…

6 keys for the 2014 season

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It is time. Clinic attended, check.  Rules test taken, check. Camps visited, check. Preseason games officiated, check. It is time for the 2014 NFL season.  Just as officials have keys to read on every play, I’m going to be keying in on five things as I zebra-watch from now until the confetti flies after Super…

NFL Officials Clinic opens in Dallas

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It is only 2½ days, but in its own way it is a grueling training camp. The NFL officials are meeting today in Dallas for their annual clinic weekend, a chance for NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino to have his entire staff in the same room two weeks prior to the first preseason game.…

Happy May 15: 2014 season begins for NFL officials

May 15 is a significant date for NFL officials.  It is the first day that the NFL starts communicating with their men in stripes.  As part of the union’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL does not communicate with officials from January 1 to May 15 of each year (with the exception of playoff assignment communications),…

NFL borrows 8th official from Big 12

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The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is looking to run a trial of an eighth official as early as this preseason, according to Judy Battista of NFL Media. Referee Walt Anderson implemented an eighth official for the 2013 season…

Steratore crew to keep lid on things

During the coverage of last week’s 49ers-Panthers divisional playoff game, Football Zebras noted early that the officials were looking to keep control of a potential tinderbox of high emotion. The opening drive by the 49ers had a few injuries and some post-play shoving. A late-hit foul was called which was very close, and I think…