Tag Archives: playoff assignments

Rubrics coup: How are playoff assignment procedures different under Blandino?

With one round of the playoffs in the books and the second round assignments trickling out, it seems that we are, again, grasping at the true qualification criteria for playoff officials. In September, USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell interviewed the … Continue reading

NFL revamps playoff assignment system

Officials to be in dark about their overall grades Jarrett Bell of USA Today is reporting on what appears to be a drastic shift in the procedures for playoff officiating assignments.  Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino tells Bell the … Continue reading

NFL fixed grades for desired Super Bowl ref

It is believed in officiating circles that the Super Bowl assignment was a predetermined result and that his performance grades were fixed to attain that result. 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

NFL denies playoff assignments set

The NFL is denying the Football Zebras.com report that the playoff assignments for the officials have already been decided. “Postseason assignments have not yet been determined,” said NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora. “The evaluation and grading process … Continue reading

Playoff officials won’t be best officials

Source: Jerome Boger to be Super Bowl referee Hochuli, Steratore apparently shut out of postseason In the first three weeks of the regular season, the NFL put an assorted group of officials on the field with questionable qualifications and tried … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

1 blown call does not ruin playoff chances

When discussing football officiating, it is easy to say, “Forget so-and-so for the playoff this year after that blown call.”  While fans might wish a playoff blackball for an official who makes an error, the NFL simply does not operate … Continue reading

Shortened season puts pressure on NFL officials to get playoff assignment

We are already at Week 7 of the NFL season and many teams now know if they are contenders or pretenders for the Super Bowl crown.  The pressure is also on the officials to contend for a prestigious playoff assignment … Continue reading

League reboots search for new VP of refs

It is not exactly America’s Got Talent, but finding the new vice president of officiating is turning out to be one tough audition. Peter King of SI.com is reporting that the league is restarting its process to find a replacement … Continue reading