NFL referee assignments Week 12: Who are the officials for every game this week?

first_imgAs always, the goal for NFL officials who are assigned to NFL games in Week 12 of the 2019 season is for observers not to care who’s assigned to what game. If nobody’s talking about the officiating, that generally means those calling the games are doing a good job.Of course, in 2019, chatter around NFL officiating has been as loud as ever, leaving referees to explain questionable calls made by their crews after most games. With the addition of pass interference to the NFL’s replay review system this year, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron’s performance is also under the microscope. Each week, the NFL announces its referee assignments for its slate of games on Thursday, Sunday and Monday. Each referee is tied to his crew of six other officials, including the umpire, line judge, side judge, back judge, field judge and down judge.MORE: Lions-Packers fiasco illustrates NFL’s officiating issuesNFL referee assignments Week 12The NFL has released its roster of referees and officials for Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season. Here are the assignments for every game.Colts at Texans referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeRon Torbert20 yearsUmpireTerry Killens1 yearLine judgeMark Steinkerchner26 yearsSide judgeScott Edwards21 yearsBack judgeTony Josselyn2 yearsField judgeRyan Dickson4 yearsDown judgeSarah Thomas5 yearsSeahawks at Eagles referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeWalt Anderson24 yearsUmpireRuben Fowler14 yearsLine judgeByron Boston25 yearsSide judgeRick Patterson24 yearsBack judgeKeith Ferguson20 yearsField judgeLee Dyer17 yearsDown judgeTom Stephan21 yearsSteelers at Bengals referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeAdrian Hill10 yearsUmpireRoy Ellison17 yearsLine judgeMark Stewart2 yearsSide judgeJim Quirk10 yearsBack judgeGreg Meyer18 yearsField judgeLand Clark2 yearsDown judgeDavid Oliver3 yearsBroncos at Bills referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeJerome Boger16 yearsUmpireCarl Paganelli21 yearsLine judgeRusty Baynes10 yearsSide judgeJonah Monroe5 yearsBack judgeTony Steratore20 yearsField judgeDavid Meslow9 yearsDown judgePatrick Holt1 yearDolphins at Browns referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeBrad Rogers3 yearsUmpireTony Michael18 yearsLine judgeJulian Mapp11 yearsSide judgeDon Willard2 yearsBack judgeGreg Steed17 yearsField judgeAaron Santi5 yearsDown judgeKent Payne16 yearsGiants at Bears referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeShawn Hochuli6 yearsUmpirePaul King11 yearsLine judgeGreg Bradley11 yearsSide judgeJames Coleman15 yearsBack judgeRich Martinez6 yearsField judgeTom Hill21 yearsDown judgeEd Camp20 yearsPanthers at Saints referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeAlex Kemp6 yearsUmpireRich Hall16 yearsLine judgeJeff Bergman28 yearsSide judgeDale Shaw7 yearsBack judgeSteve Freeman19 yearsField judgeJohn Jenkins6 yearsDown judgeMike Carr3 yearsBuccaneers at Falcons referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeClay Martin5 yearsUmpireFred Bryan11 yearsLine judgeGary Arthur23 yearsSide judgeGreg Gautreaux18 yearsBack judgeGreg Wilson12 yearsField judgeNate Jones1 yearDown judgeJerod Phillips4 yearsLions at Redskins referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeBill Vinovich14 yearsUmpireBruce Stritesky14 yearsLine judgeMark Perlman19 yearsSide judgeGary Cavaletto17 yearsBack judgeSteve Patrick6 yearsField judgeMearl Robinson3 yearsDown judgePhil McKinnely18 yearsRaiders at Jets referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeClete Blakeman12 yearsUmpireJeff Rice25 yearsLine judgeTom Symonette16 yearsSide judgeJimmy Buchanan11 yearsBack judgePerry Paganelli22 yearsField judgeJoe Larrew18 yearsDown judgeJerry Bergman18 yearsJaguars at Titans referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeShawn Smith5 yearsUmpireBryan Neale6 yearsLine judgeBart Longson5 yearsSide judgeDave Hawkshaw1 yearBack judgeDino Paganelli14 yearsField judgeDyrol Prioleau13 yearsDown judgeMark Hittner23 yearsCowboys at Patriots referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeScott Novak6 yearsUmpireRamon George4 yearsLine judgeWalt Coleman IV5 yearsSide judgeChad Hill2 yearsBack judgeTerrence Miles12 yearsField judgeMike Weatherford18 yearsDown judgeDerick Bowers17 yearsPackers at 49ers referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeCarl Cheffers20 yearsUmpireMark Pellis6 yearsLine judgeJeff Seeman18 yearsSide judgeEugene Hall6 yearsBack judgeMatt Edwards2 yearsField judgeMichael Banks18 yearsDown judgeDanny Short3 yearsRavens at Rams referee, officialsPositionOfficialNFL experience (including 2019)RefereeCraig Wrolstad17 yearsUmpireSteve Woods3 yearsLine judgeTripp Sutter1 yearSide judgeJeff Lamberth18 yearsBack judgeScott Helverson17 yearsField judgeTerry Brown14 yearsDown judgePatrick Turner6 yearsNFL officials assignments, responsibilitiesEach of the seven NFL officials on the field in a given NFL game have specific roles, watching different areas of the field and looking out for different kinds of penalties on a given play.Below are the responsibilities of each official, via NFL Operations.RefereeLining up 10-12 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the offensive backfield, the referee is the white-hat wearing leader of the crew who signals all penalties and is the final authority on all rulings. Below are the referee’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches nap; follows QB until action moves downfield; then follows runner to determine forward progress and position of the ball; determines first downs or if a measurement is necessary.Pass plays: Shadows QB from drop to release; drops back as the play starts and monitors offensive tackles; turns attention solely to QB as defense approaches; watches for roughing the passer; rules on intentional grounding; makes the decision whether a loose ball is a fumble or incomplete pass.Special teams: Watches for running into/roughing the kicker.UmpireLining up next to the referee 10-12 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the offensve backfield, the umpire primarily watches for holding and blocking fouls. He or she also reviews player equipment, counts offensive players on the field and marks off penalty yardage. Below are the umpire’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special teams-plays.Run plays: Watches for false starts on offensive line; watches for illegal blocks by the offense or any defensive fouls at the line of scrimmage.Pass plays: Watches for false stars on offensive line; on screens, turns attention to intended receiver to make sure he is able to run his route; watches for blocking penalties.Special teams: Watches for any penalties.Down judgeLining up on the sideline and looking directly down the line of scrimmage, the down judge directs the chain crew, informs the ref of the down and rules on sideline plays on the nearest half of the field. Below are the down judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches for offside or encroachment; monitors sideline; determines when/if a runner is out of bounds; marks runner’s forward progress.Pass plays: Watches nearest receiver for first seven yards of his route until he is clear the point of legal contact for defensive backs; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Watches for offside and encroachment; rules on penalties involving blockers and defenders on trick plays.Line judgeLining up on the sideline opposite the down judge and looking directly down the line of scrimmage, the line judge has similar duties without the chain crew direction. Below are the line judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches for offside and encroachment; watches blockers and defenders on nearest side for penalties.Pass plays: Watches for offside and encroachment on nearest side of field; follows nearest receiver for seven yards downfield; moves into offensive backfield to determine if pass is forwards or backwards; makes sure passer is behind the line of scrimmage when he throws the ball.Special teams: Stays at line of scrimmage on punts to make sure only players on the ends of the line move downfield before the kick; rules on whether the kick crosses the line of scrimmage; watches kicking team for penalties.Field judgeLining up on the same sideline as the line judge but 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield, the field judge counts defensive players and watches wide receivers/defensive backs on the nearest side of the field. Below are the field judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches widest receiver’s blocking and looks for illegal use of hands or holding; determines if/when a runner on nearest side of the field goes out of bounds.Pass plays: Watches widest receiver on nearest side of the field and makes sure he is able to run his route without interference; rules on whether a pass to nearest side of the field is incomplete; rules on whether a receiver is in or out of bounds when he makes a catch; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Rules on blocking during punts; lines up under goal posts to rule on whether field goals and extra points are good.Side judgeLining up on the same sideline as the down judge but 20 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield, the side judge backs up the clock operator, signals to the ref when time expires for each quarter and counts defensive players. Below are the side judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays.Run plays: Watches widest receiver’s blocking and looks for illegal use of hands or holding; determines if/when a runner on nearest side of the field goes out of bounds.Pass plays: Watches widest receiver on nearest side of the field and makes sure he is able to run his route without interference; rules on whether a pass to nearest side of the field is incomplete; rules on whether a receiver is in or out of bounds when he makes a catch; watches for pass interference.Special teams: Watches punt returner and any action around him; joins umpire in defensive backfield on field goal and PAT attampts; watches for penalties along the line of scrimmage.Back judgeUsually lining up on the tight end’s side, the back judge is positioned 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage in the defensive backfield. The back judge keeps track of the play clock and all TV breaks, counts defensive players and focuses on tight ends and all the players on the end of the lines. Below are the back judge’s assignments on run plays, pass plays and special-teams plays. Run plays: Watches tight end for illegal blocking or defensive penalties.Pass plays: Watches tight end for illegal use of hands or defensive interference; rules on whether a receiver made a legal catch; determines who recovered a fumble.Special teams: Rules on fair catches; lines up under goal posts to rule on whether field goals and extra points are good.last_img