The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, attain the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
Embed from Getty Images John Parry's crew set the tone in the pregame warm-ups: There would not be a repeat of the Week 14 nonsense between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That game featured several altercations that later drew league fines.Parry's crew put on a visible display in the pregame.
Week 5: Steelers at Chargers (video)An unusual clock error occurred in the final minutes of Monday Night Football, although it fortunately had little effect on the game.The kickoff following the Chargers go-ahead field goal was a touchback with 2:56 on the clock. For whatever reason, the clock then began to
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, began the season today by explaining calls in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season in the weekly video for the media (download). Some highlights included:In overtime in St. Louis, the officials, according to Blandino, correctly ruled that there was a valid
Football Zebras exclusive View image | gettyimages.com Football Zebras has learned from two sources that Bill Leavy, an official in the NFL since 1995, wearing number 127, is stepping aside after 20 years to take the northeastern regional supervisor position for the officiating department, where he will observe other officials and grade
#457964914 / gettyimages.com NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino today released the Week 8 media video. Topics this week included interception/touchback rules, crackback blocks, and timing rules (video download). Low blocks and crackback blocks were a topic of discussion during the Cardinals-Eagles game. The rule is that any player that is
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino released his weekly video highlighting some calls from Week 3. Items discussed included pass interference, illegal touching and where receivers can line up if and if not on the line of scrimmage. During the Browns-Ravens game on Sunday, a missed unsportsmanlike conduct foul
Week 3: Steelers at Panthers (video) What seemed to be a second-quarter touchdown by Steelers receiver Markus Wheaton was ruled incomplete because he stepped out of bounds. After stepping on the sideline, it was ruled that Wheaton never placed two feet back in bounds before he jumped to catch the pass.
Quick calls for Week 1 [Football Zebras] You make the call on the punt coverage for the Browns [Ben Austro/Football Zebras] The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks realize they may be the motivation behind the highly enforced illegal contact penalty [Sam Farmer/LA Times] Calls for illegal contact and defensive holding, points of emphasis