Tag Archives: Pete Morelli

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

And then there were 2: Who will wear the white hat at Super Bowl?

Now that the divisional playoff referee assignments have been determined by Football Zebras, we can now look at the potential crew chief for the Super Bowl. The NFL assigns its Super Bowl officiating staff to a second-round game to break … 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

Our playoff predictions: Morelli, McAulay consensus in top slots

Football Zebras commentary Week 17 is upon us, meaning that the final evaluations for officials vying for playoff positions are being determined. Officials will not be informed of the Wild Card Playoff assignments until the middle of the upcoming week. … Continue reading

Float like a butterfly…dodge like a ref

How NFL officials stay out of the way to preserve life and limb We’ve all seen it.  For the fans it is a funny sight but for anyone who has been knocked down by a football player always cringes when … Continue reading

After Further Review: Bolts halt 2 games

Referee  John Parry awaits with an NFL official in the CenturyLink Field tunnel during a lightning delay in the first quarter of the 49ers-Seahawks game. Here are some of the items making news this week: Quick calls from Week 2 … Continue reading

Kickoff 2013: The officials by the numbers

Click the image to enlarge. It is time to kick off the new football season! Here are some numbers for all of the zebra watchers out there. Enjoy! Designed and researched by Ben Austro. Sources: NFL Record and Fact Book … Continue reading

6 NFL officiating things to watch for in 2013

Commentary by Mark Schultz Here are the things I am pondering as I “zebra watch” this year. 1.  Will some high-profile officials make a playoff comeback?  Gene Steratore, Ed Hochuli, John Parry, Tom Stabile,  John McGrath, Rob Vernatchi, and Walt … Continue reading

Our playoff predicitions: Steratore ranks high, Wild Cards include Hochuli, Corrente

We have chosen our assignments for the referee position only, not the entire crew. This year, all officials are assigned on individual merit, and not by the cumulative rank of the crew (see our post for the full playoff assignment criteria). Gene Steratore, considered by us to be one of the frontrunners in postseason assignments, conducts the coin flip at the Rams-Bills game in Buffalo. Continue reading

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 … Continue reading