Tag Archives: Patriots

Despite calls for major change, NFL makes simple tweaks to replay

2014 rule changes The 2014 replay process is going to be much the same as the process from 2013; the changes being made to the system probably will barely register with most fans. There were too many hurdles to implementing … Continue reading

5 observations from conference championship weekend

It was a great weekend of football, and the conference championship officiating crews did well by their respective games. 1. Umpire Bill Schuster had the game of his life Number 129 was everywhere Sunday night.  He jumped in between potential … Continue reading

Sometimes a safety is just a safety

AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Patriots When the snap sails over the punter’s head and out the back of the end zone, all of us have the same first reaction:  safety.  However this season we saw many instances of bizarre … Continue reading

Conference Championship referees set: Corrente for AFC, Steratore for NFC

Tony Corrente will head the AFC title game. Gene Steratore will head the NFC game. Continue reading

Referee assignments for Divisional round: Blakeman, Cheffers, McAulay, Morelli

Clete Blakeman, Carl Cheffers, Terry McAulay, and Pete Morelli are the referees in the Divisional Playoffs. Continue reading

Patriots get interference flag on last-second play, seconds later flag picked up

Game ends on defensive pass interception Post updates: comments from former supervisor Jim Daopoulos and pool report with referee Clete Blakeman With three seconds to go, down by 4, and with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, you know … Continue reading

Roundtable Week 8: illegal bats in football, Brees’s consecutive false starts

Football Zebras Roundtable Because of a couple of scheduling conflicts, our Roundtable was delayed. So before we dive into Week 9 action, we are going to take a look at a couple of calls from Week 8 with former NFL … Continue reading

Dolphins illegal bat puts Patriots on-deck

Week 8: Dolphins at Patriots (video) The Dolphins notified the league that a yet-uncalled new rule probably should have been called in Week 6. In Week 7, the Patriots were penalized by that rule, which the league office made a … Continue reading

After Further Review: OT flag on new rule draws shrug from Belichick

The big call of the week was Tony Michalek’s flag on a Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones. Jones shoved his teammate into the Jets offensive line on an overtime field goal attempt [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. “I’m sure the league … Continue reading

Patriots no-holding call, Cowboys loose ball on punt: Roundtable examines Week 6 calls

Football Zebras Roundtable We asked our officiating roundtable to review the Patriots game-winning touchdown for a possible holding foul and a Washington punt with an interesting recovery. Helping us interpret the call are two former officiating supervisors, Jim Daopoulos and … Continue reading