Steratore, Morelli, Cheffers, Corrente to serve as divisional round referees

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In five days, the NFL’s divisional round arrives. The four referees for the game have been determined.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, they are Gene Steratore (Seahawks at Falcons), Pete Morelli (Texans at Patriots), Carl Cheffers (Steelers at Chiefs), and Tony Corrente (Packers at Cowboys).

The assignment also means that one of these four referees also will wear the white hat at the Super Bowl.

Notable officials who will be working on the four crews include side judge Rob Vernatchi. He was suspended with pay for one game in 2015 for a clock error at the end of a Monday night game between the Steelers and Chargers.

Vernatchi will be assigned to the Packers-Cowboys game. And all eyes will be on referee Tony Corrente in that game, given the decision made when the two teams played two years ago regarding the infamous Dez Bryant non-catch. Handling that game was referee Brad Allen, whose mismatched crew missed a blatant facemask foul in Seattle on Saturday night.

35 responses to “Steratore, Morelli, Cheffers, Corrente to serve as divisional round referees

  1. what a moral dilemma for whoever does the packer-cowboy game. who do you not call holding on?

  2. pere morelli is one of the worst refs in the league!
    he doesn’t have his
    mic on, facing the wrong way, is slow, and doesn’t know
    the rules


    goodell really has it together

    what a great commissioner

  3. Allen’s crew also missed a blatant face mask on Richardson’s 2nd catch. Funny how you never mention that one.

  4. Pete Morrelli? Every single time I’ve watched a game with him this year, I had the same thought. “How is this guy allowed to keep doing this?”

  5. ravenbiker says:

    How in the world does Steratore get in there?
    Because he hates the Seahawks and always calls 13 penalties on them. Expect the same on Saturday.

  6. As long as there’s no Ed Hochuli that’s a good thing.

    Hochuli, kills the flow of every game. He loves to wipe out big plays with ticky tack calls and worst of all he takes forever to explain anything.

    Ed loves to interject himself into the story line of every game.

    The Pat’s/Ravens game this season is a perfect example of Ed’s terrible officiating job.

  7. You forgot to point out the controversies that Morelli officiated crews have been apart of. Like the Cowboys-Lions playoff game in 2015.

  8. Morelli of the picked up pass interference flag in Dallas.
    Tony Corrente of the I saw nothing Monday night batting practice in Seattle.

    And Carl Cheffers of the Facemask that wasn’t a face mask that led to an untimed hail mary play in Detroit. Who when quizzed about it this august replied: “its 2016 dude”

    Oddly I don’t remember Steratore screwing the Lions the last few years.

    One of four aint to bad…

  9. Here’s the thing about that Bryant non-catch: In the real world, it wasn’t a catch. For fantasy-leaguers, it was.

    Reality wins.

  10. Refs are determining the outcoming of games by letting the cowboys and packers olines get away with murder. Take the pass rush out of the game. Its really the only reason for the packers turnaround and elliots season

  11. Remember when we didn’t know the names of the referees? When we didn’t read articles about them?

    It’s like they’re part of the lineup or active roster these days.

    Maybe they should get their own trading cards. Or action figure line. Or be incorporated into Madden as an influence on likely outcomes.

  12. (referee Brad Allen, whose mismatched crew missed a blatant facemask)

    “Why, God, why won’t you send us Brad Allen? PLEEEEEASE!!!”
    —every Steelers’ fan right now

  13. Frazier28/7 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 1:11 PM
    what a moral dilemma for whoever does the packer-cowboy game. who do you not call holding on?

    It’s called blocking, and if you cheered for a team that knew how to execute one, over the past season or two. You wouldn’t have forgotten what it looks like.

  14. “All eyes will be on referee Tony Corrente in that game, given the decision made when the two teams played two years ago regarding the infamous Dez Bryant non-catch.

    And all eyes SHOULD be on Corrente, who better FULLY UNDERSTAND the catch rule (which is still horrendously ridiculous) this time around. That was a catch then, and would be a catch today if the refs followed the rule.

    Dez caught the ball, took 2 steps, then his Rt elbow touched the ground at the 1/2 yard line, followed by his Lt elbow (he was holding the ball in the Lt hand) touching the ground at the 1/2 yard line BEFORE the ball “supposedly” touched the ground. Dez was down when his first elbow touched, and at that point . He absolutely should have been down at the point his first elbow touched the ground. If the ground cannot cause a fumble, then it was a catch.

    Here is the catch rule in its parts:

    (a) secures control of the ball in his hands or arms prior to the ball touching the ground; Check – Bryant clearly had control prior to the ball touching the ground.

    and (b) touches the ground inbounds with both feet or with any part of his body other than his hands; Check. Bryant took two steps AND both of his elbows.

    and(c) maintains control of the ball after (a) and (b) have been fulfilled, until he has the ball long enough to clearly become a runner. A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps (see 3-2-7-Item 2). Dez maintained control after both (a) and (b) were fulfilled. IT WAS A CATCH. Corrente GOT IT WRONG.

    For those of you who don’t agree, look at Cole Beasley’s TD catch in week 6 against the Packers in GB this year. If Beasley’s catch was ruled a catch after review, Dez’s catch absolutely was a catch.

  15. Steratore’s probably getting a lot of high fives from his college basketball crewmates this week. He’s the most competent of the four for sure. His crew is always shaky, but Steratore can handle about anything

  16. Except when going to the ground the rules are different. He jumped up and his momentum caused him to go to the ground. Everyone knows you must maintain possession all the way through when going to the ground. When the ball comes in contact with the ground, it hops he clearly has a lack of possession and control, and like any time when a receiver doesn’t have control of a ball that hits the ground, its incomplete.

    He still dropped it.

  17. Mike,

    I would like you to discuss the NFL’s practice of rewarding officials with the assignment to these playoff games v.s. keeping officials together that have worked together throughout the season. I don’t like this practice and I agree there should be an official that has the ability watching tv that can call the ref and tell him to drop a flag.


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