Week 1 Officiating Video: Pop-up, timeout, ball down

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, began the season today by explaining calls in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season in the weekly video for the media (download). Some highlights included:In overtime in St. Louis, the officials, according to Blandino, correctly ruled that there was a valid

Quick calls: Week 15

Did you see a call that needs explanation? Did the officials get something wrong? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras. We will update this post with our observations. (Officiating assignments) 

Bucs use bush-league tactic, flagged for 15

The Buccaneers thought a little trickery could get them to draw the Saints into a false start penalty. They did not fool Jerome Boger's crew, as umpire Tony Michalek, in particular, stepped in with a rarely called foul. Boger's announcement: Unsportsmanlike conduct, defense. Making a disconcerting move in an attempt to

Quick calls: Week 7

Check this post for a breakdown of calls made by the officiating crews today. Did you see something that is controversial or have a question about a rules interpretation? Respond in the comments section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras. (Officiating assignments)

Non-call du jour: Disconcerting signals?

Apparently there is an epidemic of disconcerting signals that is breaking out. It is illegal for a defensive player to simulate or override the quarterback's snap count. Rarely is the disconcerting signals penalty called (one instance from 2010 against the Colts is all we can recall), but when it is,