Pete Morelli gets entirely new officiating crew after multiple errors last season

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After a poor season for Pete Morelli and his officiating crew last season that featured two separate disciplinary measures from the league for mistakes, the league has given Morelli an entirely new crew for 2016.

According to Ben Austro of FootballZebras.com, Morelli’s crew has been entirely reassigned after errors with timing in the Pittsburgh Steelers-San Diego Chargers game and a Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars contest last season resulted in league discipline against the crew.

Side judge Rob Vernatchi was suspended for Week 6 games after failing to notice a clock error in the Steelers-Chargers game. Another mistake in the Jaguars-Ravens game gave Jacksonville the opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal when time should have expired. The result was Morelli’s crew getting yanked from working a Sunday Night Football game in Week 13 between the Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.

The league is also set to add three new officials this season. Side judge Alan Eck and head linesman Jerod Phillips from the Big 12, and umpire Ramon George of Conference USA. Head linesman George Hayward is the only retirement from the on-field officiating roster.

42 responses to “Pete Morelli gets entirely new officiating crew after multiple errors last season

  1. I know. Officials were better way back when. Just like teachers, cops, doctors, just about everyone before we casually invaded their lives.

    Basically, people are human and mistakes are made on a consistent basis and now we know and now we are alarmed and want to make it better. Horrors, my team lost because of a blown call by a guy who is a surveyor by day. I need my team to win to validate my existence. So we will get better results by losing the human element.

    We are heading towards a robot society. Computer strike zone, compute goal line, computers making everything perfect until man is eliminated except for those few men in charge.

    When I was a kid I loved to compete for the sake of competition. That whole winning is the only thing is complete BS. Any great athlete knows the best competition is within.

    PS

    The above crew did blow…

  2. Good Move. Now; keep him from any big games until his new crew develops and proves they are worthy. Hopefully, more of this type of action can be taken to those that continually fail to properly officiate the games. Not from one single mistake or even a few minor errors, but from the types we have seen from Pete’s crew consistently for a few years.

  3. Morelli should have been demoted/fired after the debacle involving the Polamalu interception in the 2005-06 Steelers/Colts divisional game. How this guy is still a referee a decade later is beyond me.

  4. Rearranging the stripey deck-chairs of the NFL’s titanic organization!

    Hey Roger, maybe you should spend less time looking for ways to exploit the CBA or defrauding gate-receipts and concussion data, and a little more time figuring out what constitutes a catch and how to properly gauge a football.

  5. The fix was so obviously in for Indy/Peyton in the 2005-06 Steelers/Colts divisional game Morelli called, culminating in the Polamalu pick that was called back. Absolutely shameless. Thankfully, Indy still lost despite the best efforts of Morelli and the league.

    The most damning part of that game is that you literally cannot find highlights of the play in question…it’s as if the league has scrubbed all evidence of it.

    Pete Morelli is awful for football.

  6. I see we’ll still have officials like Ed Hoculi (sp) to decide which teams and/or players deserve the calls and which ones don’t. NFL officiating sucks. I’m tired of seeing the league favorites getting the bogus calls or no calls at crucial points in games. Cowboys and Patriots come to mind,

  7. Morelli, Coleman and Hochuli have no integrity at all and should have been let go years ago.

  8. We’ve been getting games handed to us by the refs for years so we should just shut our pie holes. The only reason we beat the Bungholes is that the refs didn’t see Joey Porter out there picking fights.

  9. Thankfully (thankfully?), our Titans have been so terrible since Jeff Fisher left (2010) that Pete the Ref never cost us a run at the playoffs, much less a playoff game. … I look forward to the days when I can complain once more that refs cost us our postseason (like our last playoff appearance in 2008 when the refs ignored the play clock during the Ravens game-winning drive).

  10. Morelli is and has been for 10 years, the most incompetent referee in the entire NFL. To blame it all on his “crew” is laughable.

  11. So, rather than being fired, they are just being re-assigned in order to spread the incompetence around to more crews. Super.

  12. So he has a new crew…what if HE is the problem?He should have been demoted.

  13. They hired an official from Conference USA? Wow. The already-low quality of officiating just got lower.

  14. This is just lip service and all for show to keep the sheep I mean fans happy.

    The fact is NFL officials remain horrible at the job and incompetence and corruption is rampant.

  15. Oh this is sure genius, the guy who has all the problems keeps his job, while members of his crew lose theirs. I guess accountability starts at the bottom and works its way up when it comes to NFL officiating. I wonder how all those linesmen, backfield judges, etc… feel today?

  16. sounds like government work – don’t demote the incompetent just give him all new employees to screw up.

  17. Rearranging the striped deck-chairs of the NFL’s titanic organization!

    Hey Roger, maybe you should spend less time looking for ways to exploit the CBA or defrauding gate-receipts and concussion data, and a little more time on what constitutes a catch and how to properly gauge a football.

  18. If only the league was profitable enough to have full time officials…
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    sgmjerry220 says:
    May 24, 2016 9:29 AM
    Oh this is sure genius, the guy who has all the problems keeps his job, while members of his crew lose theirs. I guess accountability starts at the bottom and works its way up when it comes to NFL officiating. I wonder how all those linesmen, backfield judges, etc… feel today?
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    They are reassigning the members of his crew not firing them.

  19. After the hatchet-job performed on the Vikings in the 2009 NFCCG — where at least 5 critical calls or non-calls by Morelli’s crew, all against the Vikings, resulted in the Vikings losing by 3 — how does Morelli still have a job??? His incompetence/bias was clearly exposed in a 5-minute post-game video produced by ESPN.

  20. He screwed up the bills, patriots Monday night football game big time. Then next week screwed up even more during the San Fran, Arizona game. This crew was a joke all year. Morelli should be let go.

  21. And the clown who makes up an entirely new clause about “interpreting intent” on batting balls out of the end zone, giving the game to the SeaHags and hosing the Lions….he still has a job?

    OK. Great quality control, Roger.

  22. I’m glad they are doing something, but they still gave the Superbowl to Clete Blakeman last year after that debacle in the Green Bay – Arizona game.. which makes me think they really don’t care in the slightest about holding these officials accountable for their mistakes.

  23. but we’re still going to have to watch Jerome Bogar and Jeff Triplette butcher games for us this season.

  24. Any private entity sports leagues that directly benefit from tax payer dollars should have officials that are licensed & regulated by the Fed Gov’t (if a National League), the same as Loan Originators, Insurance Agents & Financial Advisors. They must be licensed, perform up to socially acceptable standards & can lose their ability to continue in industry if they fail to perform as required. The decision to keep one’s license should be determined by a National Board of Review, appointed by & serving at the discretion of Federally Elected officials. The NFL’s, MLB’s, NBA’s, Soccer, exc…(all leagues) ability to retain individuals who perform so badly that it calls into question the integrity of the outcome is, at the very least, a conflict of interests. Venues that are marketed as “Fair Play” entertainment, with tax payer dollars footing huge percentages of the cost of the stadiums they play in & consumers buying ticket access to games after being told that each team’s ability to win will be based solely on rules of play & the skills of each Team’s players but then, the outcome can be directly affected by “bad” officials who are never removed from eligibility to officiate, is at the very least…creates an “Integrity of the Game” issue & can constitute a defrauding of the American public’s bought & paid for vested interest.

  25. Kept quiet in this is Sarah Thomas, the first non-replacement female official. She was the LJ on Morelli’s crew and was part of the reassignment. Where did she go?

    Jeff Triplette’s crew.

    That speaks volumes.

  26. I bring this up because I’m a butt hurt Pats fan and believes the NFL does everything in it’s power to screw the team. After being pulled from the Sunday night game for ineptness where was that crew assigned to you ask? Eagles vs. Patriots…….of course. NE then went on to lose back to back home games for the first time since before Brady started a game for NE. This against a team that had lost 4 out of the last 5 games. Now in reality the refs had nothing to do with that god awful performance but you can’t convince me that if the game had been close Morelli and crew had been notified their jobs depended on the “right” team losing….or else. Ladies and gentlemen this is where Goodell and those slimy owners have brought us to. NOBODY trusts a thing they say or do. Well done.

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