3 officials making a conference championship debut; another continues a long streak

Three officials are making their conference championship debuts this weekend. And, another official continues a long playoff streak. First conference championship assignments Three officials are making their conference championship debuts - Jimmy Buchanan, Ramon George (pictured above) and Barry Anderson. Anderson has worked 10 playoff games, including Super Bowl LIV last year. But,

More first-time officials in the playoffs this weekend

Last week, 10 officials officiated their first-ever playoff game. Senior vice president of officiating training and development, Walt Anderson, has assigned three more officials to their first career playoff game and one referee is calling his first playoff game as a white hat. Also, two officials are making a return to the

There are 10 first-time playoff officials on the field this weekend

10 NFL officials are calling their first ever playoff game on the field this weekend. Three of those officials have a playoff game in their first year eligible for the postseason. The following officials are working on the field for the first time. In parentheses are prior alternate or Pro Bowl

Who could we see as an emergency referee this weekend?

Embed from Getty Images The NFL has created a contingency plan to promote an official from the Referee Training Program to the referee position for Week 17 action in the event that multiple referees cannot fulfill their duties due to covid-19-related policy adherence. This has lead many to speculate who are

An official may be promoted to referee as part of Week 17 contingency plan

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Happy birthday, Ed Hochuli!

On this Christmas Day, 2020, we wish former NFL referee Ed Hochuli a happy 70th birthday. Hochuli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Christmas Day, 1950. His family moved to Arizona when he was eight, and he has called Arizona home ever since. In high school, Hochuli played football, basketball, wrestling and

NFL looking to close gaps in roughing-the-passer calls

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the officiating department to take a closer look at roughing the passer fouls -- both called and uncalled -- in order to provide more consistency and protection to the quarterback position. The officiating department is looking at two ways to adjust mechanics that recognize