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 vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino, who revealed his process for evaluating
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 officiating office will place less emphasis on the grading process: We've tried
For a moment here, we will disregard our previous reporting on the playoff assignments (as the league thinks you should) and present our predictions for playoff assignments. We have chosen our assignments for the referee position only, not the entire crew. This year, all officials are assigned on individual merit, and
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 continues for Week 17 games. Once that process has concluded, assignments
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 to pass them off as professional caliber. That was a miserable failure.
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