First Girl Nfl Referee Assignments

Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2017 NFL season. This season, there are 8 new officials to replace officials that retired or were moved up to the league office. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, matching last season’s record-level bench. The swing officials will move between crews through the season, and include include two umpires, two line-of-scrimmage officials, and a deep wing. Umpire Bill Schuster once again is listed as a swing official, however last season he was moved to a crew in preseason to replace an injured official. Head linesman Jim Howey is in his third stint as a swing official, having previously been one in 2011 due to an injury and continuing into 2012.

For the second consecutive season, there are no new “white hats,” as everyone from the referee position remains. Four crew chiefs were added from 2014-15.

This season, the NFL has renamed the head linesman position to down judge, in deference to use a gender-neutral term.

Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the crews they were on last season, the college attended, and occupations. A replay official is assigned to each crew, but the replay assistant is assigned to the stadium, much like the chain crews and clock operators.

Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are indicated at the bottom of each crew list.

*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season.

R122Brad Allen4Pembroke Statenon-profit CEO
U11Fred Bryan9*Northern Iowasuperintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ48Jim Mello14*Northeasternfacilities manager
LJ40 Brian Bolinger1NAIndiana Statecorporate safety director 
FJ97Tom Hill19*Carson Newmanteacher
SJ26Jabir Walker3ParryMurray Statemath teacher
BJ83Shawn Hochuli4*Claremontfinancial advisor

 

R66Walt Anderson22Texascollege officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U124Carl Paganelli18(swing)Michigan Stateretired federal probation officer
DJ6Jerod Phillips2*Northeastern Stateelementary school teacher
LJ18Byron Boston23*Austintax consultant
FJ117John Jenkins4*St. Mary’ssales executive
SJ125Laird Hayes23*Princetonowner of football camps for high school and youth
BJ119Greg Wilson10*USClaw enforcement

 

R34Clete Blakeman10Nebraskaattorney
U128Ramon George2*Lenoir-Rhynefinancial underwriter
DJ94Hugo Cruz3*Texas-Pan Americaninvestment manager
LJ8Dana McKenzie10BogerToledoclaims adjuster
FJ73Joe Larrew16*St Louisattorney
SJ109Dyrol Prioleau11TripletteJohnson C Smithmanager, law firm
BJ17Steve Patrick4*Jacksonville Stateowner, supply company

 

R23Jerome Boger14Morehouse Collegeretired commercial insurance underwriter
U49Rich Hall14*Arizonacustom cabinetry
DJ134Ed Camp18*William Patersonphysical education teacher
LJ63Mike Carr1NAWisconsinathletic director
FJ103Eugene Hall4*North Texasfederal agent
SJ87Walt Coleman IV3*Southern Methodistfinancial advisor
BJ112Tony Steratore18*California (Pa.)co-owner, supply company

 

R51Carl Cheffers18California-Irvinesales manager
U19Clay Martin3HochuliTulsahigh school basketball coach
DJ100Tom Symonette14AllenFloridacertified public accountant
LJ79Kent Payne14*Nebraska Wesleyanteacher
FJ31Mearl Robinson1NAAir Forceinstructor 
SJ88Brad Freeman4*Mississippi Statesports park director
BJ5Jim Quirk8*Middleburyfinancial advisor

 

R65Walt Coleman29Arkansasmanager dairy processor
U44Jeff Rice23*Northwesternattorney
DJ74Derick Bowers15*East Centralsales representative
LJ16Kevin Codey3*Western New Englandmiddle school physical education teacher
FJ1Scott Novak4CheffersPhoenixsales manager
SJ95James Coleman13(swing)Arkansaselectrical engineer
BJ111Terrence Miles10*Arizona Statequality control manager

 

R99Tony Corrente23Cal State-Fullertonretired educator
U76Alan Eck2*Bloomsburg Statetax manager
DJ13Patrick Turner4*Cal State-Long Beachplant manager
LJ2Bart Longson3*Brigham Youngco-founder and CEO, digital finance company
FJ82Buddy Horton19*Oregon Statewater service worker
SJ25Ryan Dickson1NAUtahcommercial real estate developer 
BJ30Todd Prukop9*Cal State-Fullertonmedical sales representative

 

R85Ed Hochuli28Texas-El Pasoattorney
U14Shawn Smith3TripletteFerris Stateinternal auditor
DJ98Greg Bradley9*Tennesseechemical engineer
LJ59Rusty Baynes8*Auburn-Montgomerygeneral manager, safety services
FJ104Dale Shaw5*Alleghenypharmaceutical sales
SJ55Alex Kemp4*Central Michiganinsurance agent
BJ93Scott Helverson15*Iowasales, printing and promotions

 

R35John Hussey16Idaho Statesales representative, retail logistics group
U115Tony Michalek16*IndianaUSA Football officiating director
DJ123Ed Walker4SteratoreSan Jose Statereal estate management
LJ107Ron Marinucci21*Glassboro Statevice president, novelty cone company
FJ86Jimmy Buchanan9*South Carolina Stateinsurance agent
SJ56Allen Baynes10*Auburnrealtor
BJ61Keith Ferguson18*San Jose Statesales

 

R77Terry McAulay20Louisiana Statecollege officiating coordinator
U54Steve Woods1NAWabashfinancial advisor 
DJ91Jerry Bergman16*Robert Morrissales executive
LJ101Carl Johnson14MorelliNicholls Statefull-time official
FJ72Michael Banks16VinovichIllinois Statecarpenter foreman
SJ120Jonah Monroe3*Arkansassystems engineer
BJ39Rich Martinez4*Canisiussales manager

 

R135Pete Morelli21St. Mary’shigh school principal
U92Bryan Neale4*Indianasales consultant
DJ22Steve Stelljes16*Friendsbusiness planning manager
LJ47Tim Podraza10CheffersNebraskacorporate real estate
FJ126Brad Rogers1NALubbock Christiancollege professor 
SJ41Boris Cheek22*Morgan Statedirector of operations and management
BJ12Greg Steed15*Howardcomputer systems analyst

 

R132John Parry18Purduefinancial advisor
U131Mark Pellis4*Alleghenyfinancial advisor
DJ90Mike Spanier19(swing)St Cloud Statemiddle school principal
LJ45Jeff Seeman16*Minnesotabrokerage sales
FJ118David Meslow7AllenAugsburg Collegemarketing manager
SJ7Keith Washington10*Virginia Military Instituteprogram financial analyst
BJ46Perry Paganelli20*Hope Collegeretired high school administrator

 

R114Gene Steratore15Kent Stateco-owner, supply company
U81Roy Ellison15(swing)Savannah Statetechnical staff member
DJ24David Oliver1NABakerinformation systems manager 
LJ108Gary Arthur21*Wright Statepresident, commercial printing company
FJ116Mike Weatherford16*Oklahoma Stateenergy trader
SJ29Adrian Hill8BlakemanBuffalosoftware engineer
BJ105Dino Paganelli12*Aquinas Collegeeducator

 

R62Ron Torbert8Michigan Stateattorney
U121Paul King9*Nicholls Stateschool teacher
DJ53Sarah Thomas3TripletteMobilepharmaceutical sales representative
LJ84Mark Steinkerchner24*Akronvice-president
FJ50Aaron Santi3*Southern Oregonmiddle school principal
SJ3Scott Edwards19TripletteAlabamaenvironmental engineer
BJ38Greg Yette8*Howarddefense contractor

 

R42Jeff Triplette22Wake Forestrestructuring consultant
U71Ruben Fowler12CheffersHuston-Tillotsonretired firefighter
DJ32Jeff Bergman26*Robert Morrispresident and chief executive officer, medical services
LJ113Danny Short1NANorth Carolina-Charlotteexecutive officer, global sales operations 
FJ80Greg Gautreaux16TorbertSW Louisianaathletic programs manager
SJ43Terry Brown12ColemanTennesseeprobation supervisor
BJ133Steve Freeman17*Mississippi Statecustom home builder (former NFL player)

 

R52Bill Vinovich13San Diegoaccountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U102Bruce Stritesky12*Embry Riddleairline pilot
DJ110Phil McKinnely16*UCLAinventory control (former NFL player)
LJ9Mark Perlman17*Salemteacher
FJ89Jon Lucivansky9(swing)Minnesotacollege educator
SJ60Gary Cavaletto15*Hancockgeneral manager, agricultural operations
BJ78Greg Meyer16*Texas Christianbanker

 

R4Craig Wrolstad15Washingtonathletic director
U20Barry Anderson11*North Carolina Statebuilder/developer
DJ28Mark Hittner21*Pittsburg Stateinvestment broker
LJ10Julian Mapp9*Grambling Statesoftware QA tester
FJ33Steve Zimmer21*Hofstraattorney
SJ21Jeff Lamberth16*Texas A&Mattorney
BJ27Lee Dyer
Jan 12, 2018
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Officiating assignments for the divisional round are important on a number of levels. The members of these crews handle the critical games that determine the championship round, of course. And, generally speaking, they also constitute the pool from which the NFL will staff the Super Bowl.

Yes, one of the four referees working this weekend is expected to be assigned to Super Bowl LII. The group includes two veterans and two of the league's newest referees. They will all work with scrambled crews of "all-star" officials, but because a referee sets the tone for any crew, it's worth recalling their regular-season tendencies. The numbers include declined and offsetting fouls.

Note: All data is culled from either research by ESPN Stats & Information or Pro Football Reference. Historical references begin in 1999.


No. 6 Atlanta Falcons at No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles

Saturday: 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC | Game HQ

Referee: Bill Vinovich | Falcons' record in his games: 7-3 | Eagles' record in his games: 2-6

Vinovich is annually one of the least flag-happy NFL referees, and 2017 was no different. In fact, as the chart shows, he averaged the lowest number of penalties per game (11.6) -- a full three flags fewer than the next-lowest referee. His regular-season crew threw just three flags in one game this season, five in another, six in two others and more than 17 only once.

Penalties per game by referee: 2017

Anderson, Walt17.4
Steratore, Gene17.1
Torbert, Ronald17.1
Cheffers, Carl16.9
Triplette, Jeff16.8
Corrente, Tony16.6
Hochuli, Ed16.5
McAulay, Terry16.3
Boger, Jerome15.9
Coleman, Walt15.9
Parry, John15.7
Morelli, Pete15.6
Hussey, John14.8
Allen, Brad14.7
Wrolstad, Craig14.7
Blakeman, Clete14.6
Vinovich, Bill11.6

The Falcons saw Vinovich in their Week 17 victory over the Panthers, in which his crew threw 13 flags. As it turns out, Vinovich was also the referee for the Eagles' most recent playoff game, a 26-24 loss to the Saints in the 2013 wild-card round.

His 2017 crew ranked near the bottom of the individual frequency charts, most notably in the category handled solely by the referee: roughing the passer (two).


No. 5 Tennessee Titans at No. 1 New England Patriots

Saturday: 8:15p.m. ET, CBS | Game HQ

Referee: Ron Torbert | Titans' record in his games: 2-1 | Patriots' record in his games: 3-0

Torbert's regular-season crew averaged the NFL's third-most penalties per game, but, with any luck, his activity will be moderate this weekend, given the teams on the field. The Patriots and Titans ranked third and fourth in the NFL, respectively, in fewest penalties this season.

The Titans probably don't have fond memories of their most recent game with Torbert, when his crew failed to enforce the "Holy Roller" rule late in the first half in the Titans' 40-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. The mistake put the Steelers in position for a 50-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.

Patriots fans will be reassured to know that Torbert's crew called only six offensive pass interference fouls, tied for fourth fewest in the NFL. The Patriots were called for eight OPI fouls in the regular season, tied for most in the league, including three by tight end Rob Gronkowski.


No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday: 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS | Game HQ

Referee: Brad Allen | Jaguars' record in his games: 1-1 | Steelers' record in his games: 2-1

Like Torbert, Allen is in his fourth season as an NFL referee. His crew ranked well below the NFL average in penalty frequency for three of those years, including 2017. Nevertheless, it threw a league-high combined 51 flags during the regular season for either defensive pass interference, defensive holding or illegal contact. The gap was especially pronounced for defensive holding; Allen's crew called 30 while the other 16 crews averaged 18.0.

Hopefully, that tendency won't carry into the playoffs. The Jaguars were called for an NFL-low nine combined penalties for defensive pass interference, defensive holding or illegal contact. The Steelers were called for the second lowest with 12. The average for the rest of the NFL was 21.3.

No. 4 New Orleans Saints at No. 2 Minnesota Vikings

Sunday: 4:40 p.m. ET, FOX | Game HQ

Referee: Gene Steratore | Saints' record in his games: 6-7 | Vikings' record in his games: 5-5

This will be Steratore's second Saints-Vikings game in the past five months. He also worked the teams' Week 1 matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium, throwing 15 flags in the Vikings' 29-19 victory.

He produced one of the season's strangest moments in Week 15, using a notecard to help measure a first down on a key fourth down in the Dallas Cowboys' 20-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Afterward, NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron reminded referees that foreign objects should not be part of the process. Steratore's crew threw at least 20 flags in four games during the season and overall was tied with Torbert as the league's second-most active crew (17.1 per game).

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