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Week 6 officiating video: preventative officiating is the accepted mechanic

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Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, released his weekly media tape discussing the calls of the previous week (video download). First, Blandino addressed the preventative officiating mechanics of umpire Carl Paganelli signaling to Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower that he was in an illegal formation over center on the Jets last-second field goal attempt.…

Success rate of the coach’s challenge

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through Week 6 The table below shows the percentage of reversals by coaches so far this season. The Falcons, Lions, Dolphins, Vikings, and Patriots have not challenged a play yet this season. Tony Sparano did not challenge a play in his only game as interim head coach of the Raiders. The number of reviews initiated…

NFL and the referees’ union want grades confidential…until they don’t

Commentary by Mark Schultz The NFL season has gotten off to a contentious start between the front office and the NFL Referees Association, the union representing the on-field and replay officials.  The NFLRA has accused the league of throwing the game officials under the bus publicly while supporting their calls privately.  This controversy has even…