Breaking down the new NFL officiating hires

Football Zebras was first to report the news on May 3 that the NFL hired 10 new officials. As we digest the news, here are a few things that I have noticed. Commitment to diversity The NFL continues to hire minority and female officials. Down judge Robin DeLorenzo (pictured) becomes the third woman

2021 conference championship odds and ends

Here are some interesting officiating factoids to consider as we watch the NFC and AFC Championship games, lead by Bill Vinovich and Carl Cheffers (pictured above). For all statistics, we include on-field assignments, not alternate assignments. Pro Bowl assignments are also excluded. Congratulations to the first-timers! Congratulation to field judge Mearl Robinson

How the NFL grooms an official for the referee position

In the past two seasons, we have seen seven NFL officials promoted to referee due to multiple white hat retirements. While we speculate on who will be the next referee promoted, the NFL actually has a Referee Training Program in place to identify, train, and mentor potential referees well before

3 officials to audition for referee

Three NFL officials will audition this preseason for future referee openings. Deep judges Jonah Monroe, Land Clark, and Don Willard will work all or part of a game at the referee position with a regular referee and other NFL observers watching their performance.  The NFL used to send potential referees to

Candidates for white hat in 2019

The coveted white hat worn by the referee There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired. There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.

2016 NFL season is underway, officially speaking

May 15 means the start of the season for NFL officialsFor NFL fans, the start of the NFL season happens in July with the opening of training camps. But for NFL officials, the start of the season is May 15. Bowing to the part-time status of the officials, the NFL