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Updated Aug. 13, 2014
The NFL will audition three officials at the referee position this week in the second preseason week. Three current NFL officials will don the white hat for at least one preseason game where the NFL will scout them as potential future referees. Last year, the
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 would rather the first call in history of this rule would
Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week's media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week's topics:
When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott
Saints at Falcons (video)
This was a downright sloppy play by Scott Green's crew on Thursday night no matter how you look at it, even though the final ruling on the play was correct.
Falcons running back Michael Turner seemed to be stopped and then lost the ball. (This part is correct,
The NFL officiating staff is heavy on experience which is great news. The flip side to this is that we will be seeing a higher than average number of officials retiring in the next one to three years.
While there are many officials at all positions on the cusp of retirement,
NFC Divisional Playoff: Giants at Packers
1st Quarter | 1:46 | Giants 10-3 | Packers ball | 1st & 10 @ NYG 39 | video (at 1:21)
We are going to deconstruct the big call from Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game, not to defend it, but to answer the questions surrounding it
Super Bowl XLV: Steelers vs. Packers
Here are the officiating assignments for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, listed with the head referee they worked under in the regular season:
R — #66 Walt Anderson (15th year, 8th as referee)
U — #31 Chad Brown (19th year, Ed Hochuli)
HL — #79 Kent Payne (7th