League overhauls officiating office

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    April 1, 2008 4:41 PM

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

    NFL officiating director Mike Pereira is overseeing a significant overhaul to his departmental structure. The league will employ five regional supervisors to forge a better understanding with teams while promoting the development of future officials across the country.

    The league previously employed five New York-based supervisors. Under the new plan, supervisors will spend the offseason observing and even working practices at the team facilities in their regions. Officials already shift their in-game alignments based on formations, but Pereira thinks they can make additional improvements as they see the game the way teams see the game. Officials adjusted how they align for special-teams plays based on input from former Lions special-teams coach Chuck Priefer to break down video for them.

    Former New York-based supervisors Johnny Grier (southeast) and Neely Dunn (southeast) are already in place. The league plans to hire supervisors in the mideast, central and west regions. During the season, regional supervisors will spend Mondays through Wednesdays breaking down games in New York. Pereira said this isn't a shift toward full-time officials.

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    NFL steps between warring players, officials

    April 1, 2008 5:56 PM

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

    Tensions between players and officiating crews peaked during and after the Patriots-Ravens game of Dec. 4, 2007. Ravens linebacker Bart Scott threw an official's flag following a disputed call late in the game. Afterward, Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle accused head linesman Phil McKinnely of calling him "boy" during an on-field confrontation.

    The league is addressing the situation by listing "mutual respect" as a point of emphasis for the 2008 season. Officiating director Mike Pereira described the initiative as a two-way street, meaning he'll hold accountable officials as well as players. Pereira said he would fire an official for using a racial or sexual-orientation slur during a confrontation.

    "We had a group of officials come to Indianapolis and meet with a group of players and say, 'Where have we gotten in terms of respect, player to player, player to offical?' " Pereira said. "Everyone on the field would agree that we have had a dropoff and everbody would agree that both sides are at fault and we have to make a concerted effort to respect each other and work with each other and not get into these situations where it gets to be demeaning.

    "From our standpoint, this means we're going to spend more time at training camps talking to players, more time before the games talking to players, more time trying to get involved before it gets to a point that it gets out of hand," Pereira said.

    The league will even monitor what head coaches say to officials, although a coach would have to deliver "a direct f-bomb shot" for an official to assess a 15-yard penalty, Pereira said.

    NFL meeting, officiating, Mike Pereira, Ravens, Patriots

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    NFL promotes Cheffers, Riveron to referee

    April 1, 2008 2:17 PM

    Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

    Carl Cheffers and Al Riveron are becoming first-time referees at the NFL level this season, replacing Larry Nemmers and Gerald Austin. NFL officiating director Mike Pereira confirmed the changes today at the league meetings in West Palm Beach, Fla. The changes are potentially significant because referees can have different tendencies -- more on that below -- and because Riveron's promotion makes him the first referee of Hispanic descent in NFL history, according to Pereira.

    "Carl has been extremely successful on the field as a side judge," Pereira said. "He is very knowledgeable of the rules, a good rules guy. Strong presence. He was part of Larry Nemmers' crew and he was clearly a crew leader. When we first saw Carl, we saw referee experience from him even though he had refereed basically at the small-college level.

    "Al Riveron was a great referee in college. We brought in Al to be a referee in this league, but we wanted him to get a lay of the NFL land, so we put him as a deep sideline person for the three or four years he has been in the league. He offers us that referee experience he has always had. And we are terrifically happy to have our first Hispanic referee. We think it's just great."

    Austin's crew assessed about nine penalties per game last season, fewest in the league among the 17 crews, according to my figures. Austin also suffered a league-high 13 replay reversals. This included 11 reversals in 14 challenges initiated by head coaches. The league-wide reversal rate on these calls was less than 40 percent. The figures for Nemmers were less remarkable.

    Austin and Nemmers combined for 49 seasons as NFL officials. Austin entered the NFL in 1982 and became a referee in 1990. Nemmers entered the NFL in 1985, becoming a referee in 1991. Austin and Nemmers had been the longest-tenured officials among referees. Bill Carollo and Walt Coleman now share that distinction. Both entered the NFL in 1989.

    Austin remains the officiating coordinator for Conference USA. Nemmers will take over for Dean Blandino as the NFL's replay director. Blandino is taking over for Larry Upson as director of officiating operations.

    NFL meeting, Carl Cheffers, Gerald Austin, Larry Nemmers, Al Riveron, officiating, Mike Pereira

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  2. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Then it is likely a misguided shift.

    Who (besides NFL higher ups) can't see we need full time officials?
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Me. What would they possibly be doing in the offseason that they don't already do in their time off from their jobs?

    They already attend multiple referee camps. They already attend football training camps. They already run football official camps for refs in other programs. I can't imagine what else they would need to do to be a full-time official.

    The problem I see, is that no one understands what it takes to be an official on that level and forgets that even with all that knowledge, officiating is still subject to human error.
  4. Next_years_Champs

    Next_years_Champs New Member

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    I agree with you I just do not see a problem with Referees having other careers. Jeez the NBA has full time officials and I can't even watch their games anymore, And that is mainly because of the way the games are officiated.
  5. zeromaster

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    I think the emphasis shouldn't be so much 'mutual respect' as it should be 'pay attention to the play' and 'admit your mistakes'.
  6. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Well said.

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