5 officiating observations from 2017

With just one more game left this season, here are five officiating observations I noticed in the last six months of football. Too many ejections This year, NFL officials gave the hook to 20 players for fighting, a flagrant personal foul or for contact against an official. This is not because officials are

NFL tells teams to stop abusing officials

Embed from Getty Images The NFL, in an attempt to protect its officials, sent a memo to all teams on Monday warning of "significant" punishment if players and coaches continue to physically and verbally abuse officials. According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, wrote, "In

Three ejected after major fight in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders Michael Crabtree and Gabe Jackson, along with the Denver Broncos Aqib Talib were ejected by referee Walt Anderson's crew after a major fight (video). It started when Talib and Crabtree took their downfield blocking well out of bounds. As side judge Laird Hayes threw his flag and waded

Officials not afraid to use ejection in Week 9

Umpire Fred Bryan informs the Bengals' A.J. Green he is ejected after a Week 9 altercation.

NFL officials ejected five players in Week 9 for fighting. It should have been six. And the one who avoided the ejection ended up suspended. Ejection after several warnings It all started in the Bengals-Jaguars game. A.J. Green (pictured with umpire Fred Bryan above) and Jalen Ramsey had been going at it all

Maclin and Joyner fined for preseason ejection

http://prod.images.chiefs.clubs.nflcdn.com/image-web/NFL/CDA/data/deployed/prod/CHIEFS/assets/images/imported/KC/photos/clubimages/2016/08-August/tempKC_at_LA_017--nfl_mezz_1280_1024.jpg?width=960&height=720 Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin and Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner were ejected for fighting near the end of the first half of their Week 2 preseason game in Los Angeles (video). After an incomplete pass targeted a different receiver, the two appeared to exchange words before the situation escalated to a physical