Former graders: Split decision on Cruz catch

Football Zebras Roundtable We covered at length the differences between two process-of-the-catch calls from Sunday's games. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a touchdown taken away because he bobbled the ball as he went to the ground. Giants receiver Victor Cruz also had lost possession when he dove for the end zone,

Final prep for season: NFL Officials Clinic opens in Dallas today

Replay officials are attending without being under contract It is only a day and a half, 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 incoming vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino to have his

Really, again?! Replay officials still negotiating CBA for 2013 season

Not under contract, but no lockout imposed ... yet In a typical contract year, the collective bargaining agreement negotiations for the NFL replay officials usually progress rather quickly. That is because the NFL and the NFL Referees Association negotiate the on-field officials' contract in the previous year, and all of the

Can umpire make calls for referee?

Former umpire Jim Daopoulos breaks down responsibilities There was a play in the Texans-Patriots divisional playoff game that seemed curious to me.  Late in the second quarter referee Tony Corrente flagged the Texans for roughing the kicker.  Umpire Garth DeFelice consulted with Corrente, and the referee turned on his microphone and

NFL ref experts break down divisional playoffs

Pereira and Daopoulos disagree on the Peyton Manning fumble/tuck rule As has been the case all season, former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira and former NFL official and officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos talked about the correct, incorrect, and strange calls in last weekend's divisional playoffs. Pereira, who is an officiating

Pereira, Daopoulos grade refs for Week 15

The officiating experts have several pass plays to break down In this pass-happy league it seems like there are always several pass plays that shine the light on the officiating.  Former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox Sports officiating analyst Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and NBC Sports

Officiating experts grade Week 14 officials

Referee in Colts - Titans game never got replay shot to overturn Luck pick six The NFL's most prominent officiating experts had much to say about the officiating for Week 14.  Former NFL vice president for officiating and FOX Sports officiating analyst Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and NBC Sports

Mike Pereira grades three Week 13 calls

Former officials' boss says the intentional grounding safety on 49ers a bad call Former NFL vice president for officiating and current FOX Sports football officiating analyst Mike Pereira broke down three very interesting plays from Week 13, including an intentional grounding call in the endzone that resulted in a safety on

Officiating experts break down Week 12 calls

Pereira and Daopoulos analyze the officials Former NFL vice president of officiating and current Fox Sports officiating expert Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and current NBC Sports Network officiating expert Jim Daopoulos had many situations to explain during their weekly segments. Daopoulos talked about the strange circumstances surrounding a replay in