Media tape: clock on penalties, spot on slide, tangled feet PI

The latest media tape by Dean Blandino has been posted by the NFL, which we will use as the weekly training tape on unusual calls. The vice president of officiating discussed these calls:The clock remains stopped on penalties inside 2:00 of the first half and 5:00 of the second half.

NFL alters playoff assignment procedure

The procedure for the assigning officials to playoff games will be slightly different this season. In previous seasons, the league assigned the eight highest ranking crews to the first two rounds of the playoffs, rather than by individual merit. Individual crew members could be swapped out with the next highest ranked

Time to change NFL pass interference rule?

In officiating circles, there is a saying among the deep officials (back judge, side judge, and field judge) that the game for them is 58 minutes of boredom and two minutes of sheer terror.  For those officials, pass interference is one of those calls that contributes to that terror. When a

Denver: DPI on Tebow’s :00 jump ball?

Week 5: Broncos at Chargers There are grumblings in the Mile High City about the last-second desperation pass by Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. The pass landed incomplete, however, the Mile High Report is throwing a virtual flag for defensive pass interference. Video of the play is on NFL.com. Even though time expires during

NFL admits pass interference on pick-6

Week 12: Colts at Chargers An item that flew by our desk late last week that we are getting to now: Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, quoted in Friday morning's Indianapolis Star, said that the league admitted to a blown call in the game the previous Sunday. An Eric Weddle interception of

Bucs’ Talib, FJ Cheek have confrontation

Week 12: Buccaneers at Ravens // Tampa-based beat reporters witnessed an argument involving the Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib and field judge Boris Cheek. Talib was upset at a pass interference call against fellow cornerback Myron Lewis (Update 11/29: NFL.com has video of the penalty) and apparently confronted Cheek after the game

Refs gain 310 yards on Packers, Ravens

Week 13: Ravens at Packers The Ravens and Packers gave the spotlight to the officials on Monday Night Football, as both teams were assessed a combined 310 yards in penalties, tied for second all-time. The Ravens, while being penalized 175, managed to outdo the referees by 10 yards with 185 yards