2013 rule changes
It's not a controversial rule change, and we are almost certain that former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen approves.
Tight ends have been restricted to uniform numbers in the 80s, which they also had to share with the receiving corps. Because teams were retiring their star receivers' numbers, the
The NFL is piloting an advanced training program to give college officials an apprenticeship with NFL crews this season. There are supposedly 21 recruits, which the NFL declined to disclose names to us, but one name has been made known.
Sarah Thomas is one of the recruits and is on a
Cam disses ref: 'disrespect,' luckily it wasn't disqualification
Week 16: Raiders at Panthers
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton might have revealed a double standard for ejecting quarterbacks. Although there are no official statistics kept, the most recent (and only) instance I can find of a quarterback getting an early shower was in 1995 when
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Busy, busy Week 12 in officiating, so let's look at what the officiating department is discussing for "Official Review." NFL director of officiating and head of instant replay Dean Blandino has the calls:
On Thanksgiving Day, the obvious missed
We are examining the video of the inadvertent whistle from the Raiders-Bengals game, and have confirmed that the line judge was responsible for terminating the play. Because the highlight video on NFL.com does not clearly illustrate the inadvertent whistle, we have the video the help of friend of the site, Timothy
Week 12: Raiders at Bengals (video at 2:50)
On a 3rd-and-6, the Bengals completed a five-yard pass which was immediately fumbled near the sideline. The Raiders managed to keep the ball from going out of bounds by batting the ball in bounds. The Raiders then recovered the loose ball to return
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
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
Week 12: Bears at Raiders
4th Quarter | :04 remaining | Raiders 25-20 | Bears ball | 1st & 10 @ CHI 46 | video
After completing a pass to receiver Matt Forte, Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie called for a spike to stop the clock. Hanie delayed, as if he intended to
Use the comments area or hit us on Twitter (@footballzebras) for any questionable calls in Week 3. We will be tied up today, so check back later for our quick takes.
Referee assignments are after the jump.
Things at Zebra Blog headquarters didn't allow us for updates today. I got caught