NFL takes a hit after four referee retirements

Embed from Getty Images Every generation of NFL officiating gives way to the next. This past offseason, we saw, very quickly and dramatically, one generation give way to the next. Referees Ed Hochuli, Gene Steratore, Terry McAulay and Jeff Triplette represent 88-years of experience at the referee position. That is 88-years

LJ John Hussey moves to the referee position

View image | gettyimages.com Football Zebras exclusive The NFL has promoted veteran line judge John Hussey (number 35) to be a referee beginning in the 2015 season.  He joined the NFL in 2002 and has been a line judge his entire NFL career, most recently on Ed Hochuli's crew.  Hussey was assigned

Images from Week 8

Courtesy of team photographers (Click on an image to display as slides) Courtesy of Getty Images #457934842 / gettyimages.com Line judge John Hussey and Packers coach Mike McCarthy #457909062 / gettyimages.com Umpire Mark Pellis #457746198 / gettyimages.com Referee Terry McAulay #458022214 / gettyimages.com Line judge Gary Arthur signals timeout while Jets coach Rex Ryan argues the previous call.

Images from Week 7

Courtesy of team photographers (Click any image to view as slides.) Courtesy of Getty Images #457508118 / gettyimages.com R Jeff Triplette with Jaguars coach Ron Rivera #457500092 / gettyimages.com BJ Todd Prukop #457518392 / gettyimages.com R John Parry

3 officials audition for referee position

Football Zebras exclusive Updated Aug. 13, 2014 The NFL will audition three officials at the referee position this week in the second preseason week.  Three current NFL officials will don the white hat for at least one preseason game where the NFL will scout them as potential future referees.  Last year, 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

Anderson leads Super officiating crew

Super Bowl XLV: Steelers vs. Packers Here are the officiating assignments for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, listed with the head referee they worked under  in the regular season: R — #66 Walt Anderson (15th year, 8th as referee) U — #31 Chad Brown (19th year, Ed Hochuli) HL — #79 Kent Payne (7th

Morelli crew gives Steelers 9-yd 1st down

Week 15: Jets at Steelers A failure in basic officiating crew mechanics is rare in the NFL. While there is room for argument on a judgment call or a missed call, errors in mechanics are inexcusable. In the second quarter on a first-and-10 play from the Jets 35, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall gained