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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 (2013, 2008, 2000); Pro-Football-Reference.com (Coleman, Freeman, McKinnely); Football Zebras, "Officiating crews for the
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 Anderson missed out on an on-field playoff assignment in 2012. Will they
Pereira and Daopoulos disagree on the Peyton Manning fumble/tuck rule
As has been the case all season, former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira and former NFL official and officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos talked about the correct, incorrect, and strange calls in last weekend's divisional playoffs.
Pereira, who is an officiating
The Monday Night Football game between the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans was almost universally panned as a boring and poorly played game. Walt Coleman's crew was, by far, the best and most efficient of the teams on the field that night. While the fans could head for
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 officiating analyst Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and NBC Sports
It elicits snickers from football fans when it happens, and it sometimes trends on Twitter. Referee Ed Hochuli turns on his microphone to explain a ruling, and some fans joke that it is NFL open mic night. An example from 2009:
We reviewed whether the ball was fumbled down near the
Steelers at Eagles
1st Qtr | 1:12 | Steelers 3-0 | Steelers ball | 3rd & 16 @ PIT 24 | video
Eagles safety Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will obviously be the first player lined up to pay at the NFL disciplinary fine window.
In the first quarter, Rodgers-Cromartie laid a hit on Steelers quarterback
Week 17: Lions at Packers
1st Quarter | 13:00 remaining | Lions 7-0 | Lions kickoff | video
Updated below to include similar play from Chargers–Raiders.
Tough break for the Packers, as Patrick Lee muffs the Lions kickoff in the end zone. Lee remained in the end zone, but the ball rolled out
Entering Week 2, let us know in the comments or @footballzebras if you see anything in this week's games that seems to be the wrong call. Referee assignments after the jump.
Browns at Colts | 2nd quarter | :38 remaining. A touchdown run by Peyton Hillis was reviewed and reversed.
We noted the players who were fined for on-field conduct in Week 1. Hidden in this list are some of the league's evaluations of its officials. If a fine is issued for a play where no flag was thrown, this is graded as a missed call. Also, in the case