Brad Allen named crew chief in 1st NFL season

First rookie-season R since 1966 On the heels of the surprise announcement that Mike Carey is retiring from the NFL, Football Zebras can confirm that rookie official Brad Allen will call his first NFL season at the referee position.  To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a

Wrolstad and Torbert new NFL referees

Two veterans replace the retired Green and Winter NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino confirmed to an Associated Press reporter yesterday that Ronald Torbert and Craig Wrolstad will be referees for the upcoming 2014 season.  Torbert and Wrolstad replace retired referees Scott Green and Ron Winter. Wrolstad has been a long time field judge on

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 that their retirement window is starting to open.  There are at least

Shawn Hochuli promoted to NFL

Football Zebras exclusive The news is not confirmed, but a tweet by a relative of Shawn Hochuli -- son of NFL referee Ed Hochuli -- indicates that Shawn received word that he has been hired by the NFL. (Update 3/22: The tweet has since been protected. Update 3/24: Peter King of

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 the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the

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: Lions at Eagles, Week 14 I doubt Ed Hochuli's crew wants to

Garvin suspension considered for punter hit

Week 15: Bengals at Steelers (video) Update belowIt 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 helped clear the obstruction by flattening Huber with a helmet-to-the-chin blast. The