What a weekend of NFL football! I've watched the NFL since 1978, and this is the best playoff weekend I can remember, featuring some of the most exciting games in NFL history.
Here are five officiating observations from the weekend.
1. No picky fouls
I cannot recall a penalty flag this weekend where
It takes a lot for this space to turn on the crews. This year has been particularly troubling for officiating, although a fair share of the criticism has been a mixture of trumped-up rhetoric and outrage over quick judgement calls without the benefit of replay. Improved technology that offers crisp
Game ends on defensive pass inter...ception
Post updates: comments from former supervisor Jim Daopoulos and pool report with referee Clete Blakeman
With three seconds to go, down by 4, and with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, you know that there is pending drama (video).
Brady was intercepted in the end zone
Football Zebras Roundtable
Because of a couple of scheduling conflicts, our Roundtable was delayed. So before we dive into Week 9 action, we are going to take a look at a couple of calls from Week 8 with former NFL officiating supervisors Larry Upson and Jim Daopoulos.
We have also quoted their
Week 8: Dolphins at Patriots (video)
The Dolphins notified the league that a yet-uncalled new rule probably should have been called in Week 6. In Week 7, the Patriots were penalized by that rule, which the league office made a point of emphasis to the officials. In Week 8, the Patriots
The conspiracy machine got some gas in preseason with the suggestion that officials are given the authority to limit offensive schemes through controlling the pace of the game. In a Wall Street Journal article, a connection was drawn between a new point of emphasis and the offense employed by incoming
1st quarter | 9:00 remaining | No score | Patriots ball | 1st & 10 @ NE 6 | video
It does not happen often, particularly in the big game. Any time the enforcement of a spot foul is behind the offense's own goal line, the result of the play is
It is a rule that rarely comes into play. In fact it is discussed far more often than it actually happens in the game. But the time the so-called Tuck Rule was applied in a snowy Raiders–Patriots game was enough to get fans of all stripes to unite in cause
In the annual league meeting held in Boston, commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media on various topics. Of interest here, he was asked about the influence that star quarterbacks might have on the officials. (We will get to his response shortly.)
We did not specifically address the star-treatment aspect here, as
Before we get to the list of items in this week's "Official Review" segment hosted by the NFL head of officiating, we are going to lead with Mike Pereira's assessment of the Jaguars touchdown call that we agreed with.
Turns out we were wrong.
We relied on misleading information in the determination