Tag Archives: Ed Hochuli

NFL may have to change the way it appoints referees

Vital proving grounds for white hat candidates no longer exist Commentary by Mark Schultz The NFL could be having a white hat problem in the next few years.  Several referees have put in 20 or more years of service, meaning … Continue reading

Shawn Hochuli apparently promoted to NFL

Shawn Hochuli — son of NFL referee Ed Hochuli — reportedly has received word that he has been hired by the NFL. Continue reading

Wild Card quick calls: 49ers at Packers

NFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the 49ers-Packers Wild Card Playoff game from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see … Continue reading

Good, bad, ugly: 8 officiating things we saw in 2013

The regular season is over and before we get into the playoffs, I’d like to offer some thoughts on the 2013 NFL season, and some things that stuck out to me about the officiating. Most fun game of the year: … Continue reading

Referee assignments for Wild Card games: Anderson, Vinovich, Triplette, Hochuli

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and … Continue reading

Our playoff predictions: Morelli, McAulay consensus in top slots

Football Zebras commentary Week 17 is upon us, meaning that the final evaluations for officials vying for playoff positions are being determined. Officials will not be informed of the Wild Card Playoff assignments until the middle of the upcoming week. … Continue reading

Garvin suspension considered for punter hit

Week 15: Bengals at Steelers (video) Update below It was a breakaway punt return, and Bengals punter Kevin Huber was positioning himself to stop or at least slow down Antonio Brown’s track towards the end zone. Brown’s teammate, Terence Garvin … Continue reading

Punt blocks, bats, hoppers: Untangling unusual enforcement on 49ers blocked kick

Week 14: Seahawks at 49ers (video) If you rack your brain over this scenario, you can be bouncing across the rulebook for the correct ruling and still not get it right. We are about to get into the deep recesses … Continue reading

NFL suspends umpire Ellison for one game

NFL Referees Association denounces Ellison suspension The NFL has suspended umpire Roy Ellison (#81) for one game for a “profane and derogatory” statement to the Washington Redskins’  Trent Williams. According to the NFL report, Ellison is supposed to have referred to … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading