Only one of 122 NFL officials won’t be back in 2016

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When announcing its official roster of 124 officials for 2016, the NFL specifically pointed out that all 17 referees will return. Although the announcement also names three new officials who will be joining the overall workforce for the coming year, there was no mention of anyone who won’t be back.

With 122 officials last year and 124 last year, the addition of three new officials means that one is leaving (#math). Per a source with knowledge of the situation, head linesman George Hayward has retired.

The league doesn’t provide details as to why a given official has left. That’s a product of the push-and-pull between the league and the NFL Referees Association, which as part of its duty to represent the interests of all officials tries to minimize or eliminate any public embarrassment of them — except when the executive director of the union decides to call them out publicly for decisions made or not made during a given game.

26 responses to “Only one of 122 NFL officials won’t be back in 2016

  1. Who was the most accurate and best scored ref ?

    Oh that one ? Get rid of him. RIGHT NOW !

  2. why did bill leavy get demoted in 2013 and why were 4 of brady’s footballs on 10.16.14 vs the jets over inflated to 16 psi?

    why was leavy then moved to an office on park ave as a special consultant if he wasn’t good enough to do the work on the field?

    was mike kensil present on 10.16.14 as a former jets employee?

  3. “With 122 officials last year and 124 last year, the addition of three new officials means that one is leaving (#math)”

    Definitely not #English.

  4. This is called “doubling down.” Never admit your mistakes, shortcomings, etc. Always perfect all the time. Nothing to see here……move on.

  5. Jeff Triplette sets the standard for what is minimally acceptable skill for a NFL referee. In Sept. 2015 USA Today wrote “Jeff Triplette, the longtime NFL referee who seems to be at the center of almost every officiating mistake or controversy, almost had another inexplicable screw-up during the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions game on Sunday Night Football. It was one of Triplette’s more bizarre calls in a career filled with them because it wasn’t an innocent, negligent mistake (such as hitting Orlando Brown in the eye with a flag), a case of mind-boggling obtuseness (such as when he thought BenJarvus Green-Ellis wasn’t touched when falling to the turf for a 2013 touchdown), not keeping up with what’s supposed to be his field (such as when chains were moved in a Giants-Redskins Monday night game and retroactively put back) or messing up explanations (overtime rules are difficult to convey, to be fair).”

  6. “With 122 officials last year and 124 last year, the addition of three new officials means that one is leaving (#math).”

    I believe you meant 124 this year (#English).

  7. So the long and short of it is there will be 124 officials that don’t know what a catch is this year instead of 122.

  8. I don’t know if the officials are too blame or the rule book is too complicated but 2015 was not a stellar year to be retaining more than 99% of your workforce. The league turning a blind eye of this just goes to show how change is next to impossible in this era of football.

  9. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jul 7, 2016 3:28 PM

    “Thank god Walt Coleman still has a job, he’s done me and my team a solid over the years”

    -Tom Brady
    If by “doing a solid” you’re referring to properly interpreting a rule in effect at the time then I can’t agree more. The really solid thing to do was the Raiders stopping Tom and scoring themselves first, problem solved, end of 15 years of whiney Raider fans.

  10. So apparently the only official to be so bad as to lose their job was Mike Carey. It’s a bitch to not have union protection.

  11. They should get former players to be the refs. Well former players except for Donovan McNabb as I recall he didn’t even know the rules when he was playing in the NFL!

  12. The bottom six ranked officials should be released every year. That’s only five percent but in a handful of years the quality of officiating will be greatly improved.

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