Nfl Officials Assignments Week 6

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By Tony Softli

The NFL released its roster of game officials for the 2017 season Thursday (June 29th) which included eight first-year NFL officials in the field of 124.

Per NFL CommunicationsLine judge Brain Bolinger (Big Ten), line judge Mike Carr (Big Ten), side judge Ryan Dickson (Pac-12), down judge David Oliver (SEC), field judge Mearle Robinson (Pac-12), field judge Brad Rogers (SEC), line judge Danny Short (ACC), and umpire Steve Woods (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season.

All 17 referees from 2016 will return in 2017 and lead seven-person on-field officiating crews, led by the dean of NFL officials, Walt Coleman, who enters his 29th season”.

The NFL has assigned a instant replay official to work as part of the officiating crews, including the first female replay official in League History her name is Terri Valenti.  She is a current employee in instant replay for the NFL for the past five years holding the tile of communicator and replay assistant prior to her promotion.  Her background also includes officiating high school, collegiate and professional level of competition (Arena Football League, United Football League, International football leagues).

The NFL also announced that twelve officials will rotate to new positions in 2017.  This change is an effort to build strength within the crews as well as balance.  The goal is to ensure there are now weak links in the chain.

One change is in effect this year as well, the position known as “head linesman” will now be called “down judge” beginning in 2017.  The down judge will ensure the correct down and distance.

Three sets of fathers and sons make up the 2017 roster as well.  Walt Coleman/Walt IV; Ed Hochuli/Shawn; Steve Freeman/Brad;

Four sets of brothers are included in the roster build; Allen and Rusty Baynes; Jeff and Jerry Bergman; Carl, Dino and Perry Paganelli; Gene and Tony Steratore.

Two former NFL players now officials round out the roster in Steve Freeman and Phil McKinnely.

The 2017 NFL roster of officials grid below also includes crew assignments, schedule conflicts, etc

No.NamePos.CollegeCrew AssignmentNFL Experience

(including 2017)

122Brad AllenRPembroke StateAllen4
20Barry AndersonUNorth Carolina StateWrolstad11
66Walt AndersonRTexasAnderson22
108Gary ArthurLJWright StateSteratore21
72Michael BanksFJIllinois StateMcAulay16
56Allen BaynesSJAuburnHussey10
59Rusty BaynesLJAuburn-MontgomeryHochuli8
32Jeff BergmanDJRobert MorrisTriplette26
91Jerry BergmanDJRobert MorrisMcAulay16
34Clete BlakemanRNebraskaBlakeman10
23Jerome BogerRMorehouseBoger14
40Brian BolingerLJIndiana StateAllen1
18Byron BostonLJAustinAnderson23
74Derick BowersDJEast CentralColeman15
98Greg BradleyDJTennesseeHochuli9
43Terry BrownSJ*TennesseeTriplette12
11Fred BryanUNorthern IowaAllen9
86Jimmy BuchananFJSouth Carolina StateHussey9
134Ed CampDJWilliam PatersonBoger18
63Mike CarrLJWisconsinBoger1
60Gary CavalettoSJHancockVinovich15
41Boris CheekSJMorgan StateMorelli22
51Carl CheffersRCalifornia-IrvineCheffers18
16Kevin CodeyLJWestern New EnglandColeman3
95James ColemanSJArkansasColeman13
65Walt ColemanRArkansasColeman29
87Walt Coleman IVSJSouthern MethodistBoger3
99Tony CorrenteRCal State-FullertonCorrente23
94Hugo CruzDJTexas-Pan AmericanBlakeman3
25Ryan DicksonSJUtahCorrente1
27Lee DyerBJTennessee-ChattanoogaWrolstad15
76Alan EckU*BloomsburgCorrente2
3Scott EdwardsSJ*AlabamaTorbert19
81Roy EllisonUSavannah StateSteratore15
61Keith FergusonBJSan Jose StateHussey18
64Dan FerrellUCal State-Fullerton15
71Ruben FowlerUHuston-TillotsonTriplette12
88Brad FreemanSJ*Mississippi StateCheffers4
133Steve FreemanBJMississippi StateTriplette17
80Greg GautreauxFJ*S.W. LouisianaTriplette16
128Ramon GeorgeULenoir-RhyneBlakeman2
103Eugene HallFJNorth TexasBoger4
49Rich HallUArizonaBoger14
125Laird HayesSJPrincetonAnderson23
93Scott HelversonBJIowaHochuli15
29Adrian HillSJ*BuffaloSteratore8
97Tom HillFJCarson NewmanAllen19
28Mark HittnerDJPittsburg StateWrolstad21
85Ed HochuliRTexas-El PasoHochuli28
83Shawn HochuliBJClaremontAllen4
82Buddy HortonFJOregon StateCorrente19
37Jim HoweyDJ/LJErskine19
35John HusseyRIdaho StateHussey16
117John JenkinsFJSt. Mary’sAnderson4
101Carl JohnsonLJNicholls StateMcAulay14
55Alex KempSJCentral MichiganHochuli4
121Paul KingUNicholls StateTorbert9
21Jeff LamberthSJTexas A&MWrolstad16
73Joe LarrewFJ*St. LouisBlakeman16
2Bart LongsonLJBrigham YoungCorrente3
89Jon LucivanskyFJMinnesotaVinovich9
10Julian MappLJGrambling StateWrolstad9
107Ron MarinucciLJGlassboro StateHussey21
19Clay MartinUOklahoma BaptistCheffers3
39Rich MartinezBJCanisiusMcAulay4
77Terry McAulayRLouisiana StateMcAulay20
8Dana McKenzieLJToledoBlakeman10
110Phil McKinnelyDJUCLAVinovich16
48Jim MelloDJNortheasternAllen14
118Dave MeslowFJ*AugsburgParry7
78Greg MeyerBJTexas ChristianVinovich16
115Tony MichalekUIndianaHussey16
111Terrence MilesBJArizona StateColeman10
120Jonah MonroeSJArkansasMcAulay3
135Pete MorelliRSt. Mary’sMorelli21
92Bryan NealeUIndianaMorelli4
1Scott NovakFJ*PhoenixColeman4
24David OliverDJBakerSteratore1
124Carl PaganelliUMichigan StateAnderson19
105Dino PaganelliBJAquinasSteratore12
46Perry PaganelliBJHopeParry20
132John ParryRPurdueParry18
17Steve PatrickBJJacksonville StateBlakeman4
15Rick PattersonFJ/SJWofford22
79Kent PayneLJ*Nebraska WesleyanCheffers14
131Mark PellisUAlleghenyParry4
9Mark PerlmanLJSalemVinovich17
6Jerod PhillipsDJNortheastern StateAnderson2
47Tim PodrazaLJNebraskaMorelli10
109Dyrol PrioleauSJJohnson C. SmithBlakeman11
30Todd PrukopBJCal State-FullertonCorrente9
5Jim QuirkBJMiddleburyCheffers8
44Jeff RiceUNorthwesternColeman23
31Mearl RobinsonFJAir ForceCheffers1
126Brad RogersFJLubbock ChristianMorelli1
50Aaron SantiFJSouthern OregonTorbert3
129Bill SchusterUAlfred18
45Jeff SeemanLJMinnesotaParry16
104Dale ShawFJAlleghenyHochuli5
113Danny ShortLJNorth Carolina-CharlotteTriplette1
14Shawn SmithUFerris StateHochuli3
90Mike SpanierDJSt. Cloud StateParry19
12Greg SteedBJHowardMorelli15
84Mark SteinkerchnerLJAkronTorbert24
22Steve StelljesDJFriendsMorelli16
68Tom StephanDJ/LJPittsburg State19
114Gene SteratoreRKent StateSteratore15
112Tony SteratoreBJCalifornia, Pa.Boger18
102Bruce StriteskyUEmbry RiddleVinovich12
100Tom SymonetteDJ*FloridaCheffers14
53Sarah ThomasDJ*MobileTorbert3
62Ron TorbertRMichigan StateTorbert8
42Jeff TripletteRWake ForestTriplette22
13Patrick TurnerDJCal State-Long BeachCorrente4
52Bill VinovichRSan DiegoVinovich13
123Ed WalkerDJSan Jose StateHussey4
26Jabir WalkerSJMurray StateAllen3
7Keith WashingtonSJVirginia Military InstituteParry10
116Mike WeatherfordFJOklahoma StateSteratore16
119Greg WilsonBJUSCAnderson10
54Steve WoodsUWabashMcAulay1
4Craig WrolstadRWashingtonWrolstad15
38Greg YetteBJHowardTorbert8
33Steve ZimmerFJHofstraWrolstad21

*Denotes new position for 2017

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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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