Rookie Nfl Refs Assignments

Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the clash between the Panthers and Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which will greatly help in cementing the playoff landscape of the NFC. Carl Cheffers and his crew have the week off.

In recent weeks, the officiating department has been moving around the assignments of some crews after the schedule has been set.

All games are on Sunday and are listed below based on their impact on the playoff picture. Potential (or clinched) playoff seeds are shown in superscripted numbers, with zeros indicating teams that have not clinched a playoff spot. Times listed are Eastern.

See our partner site, Quirky Research, for more on the tiebreakers in the NFC seeds and AFC seeds. 

Sunday, Dec. 31

Game affecting division and wild card

  • Panthers2/3/4/5 at Falcons6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Bill Vinovich

Game to clinch division

  • Saints3/4/5 at Buccaneers (4:25 p.m.)  —  Walt Anderson

Games for wild card qualification

  • Bengals at Ravens5/6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Ron Torbert
  • Raiders at Chargers6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Ed Hochuli
  • Bills5/6/0 at Dolphins (4:25 p.m.)  —  Jeff Triplette
  • Cardinals at Seahawks6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Walt Coleman
  • Jaguars3 at Titans5/6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Tony Corrente

Games with top seed implications

  • Bears at Vikings2/3 (1 p.m.)  —  Craig Wrolstad
  • Jets at Patriots1/2 (1 p.m.)  —  Brad Allen
  • Browns at Steelers1/2 (1 p.m.)  —  Jerome Boger

Game affecting other conference seedings

  • 49ers at Rams3/4 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Terry McAulay

No playoff implications

  • Texans at Colts (1 p.m.)  —  Gene Steratore
  • Packers at Lions (1 p.m.)  —  Pete Morelli
  • Washington at Giants (1 p.m.)  —  John Hussey
  • Cowboys at Eagles1 (1 p.m.)  —  John Parry
  • Chiefs4 at Broncos (4:25 p.m.)  —  Clete Blakeman

End of regular season

NFC tiebreakers entering Week 17

AFC Tiebreakers entering Week 17

By Tony Softli

The NFL released its roster of game officials for the 2017 season Thursday (June 29th) which included eight first-year NFL officials in the field of 124.

Per NFL CommunicationsLine judge Brain Bolinger (Big Ten), line judge Mike Carr (Big Ten), side judge Ryan Dickson (Pac-12), down judge David Oliver (SEC), field judge Mearle Robinson (Pac-12), field judge Brad Rogers (SEC), line judge Danny Short (ACC), and umpire Steve Woods (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season.

All 17 referees from 2016 will return in 2017 and lead seven-person on-field officiating crews, led by the dean of NFL officials, Walt Coleman, who enters his 29th season”.

The NFL has assigned a instant replay official to work as part of the officiating crews, including the first female replay official in League History her name is Terri Valenti.  She is a current employee in instant replay for the NFL for the past five years holding the tile of communicator and replay assistant prior to her promotion.  Her background also includes officiating high school, collegiate and professional level of competition (Arena Football League, United Football League, International football leagues).

The NFL also announced that twelve officials will rotate to new positions in 2017.  This change is an effort to build strength within the crews as well as balance.  The goal is to ensure there are now weak links in the chain.

One change is in effect this year as well, the position known as “head linesman” will now be called “down judge” beginning in 2017.  The down judge will ensure the correct down and distance.

Three sets of fathers and sons make up the 2017 roster as well.  Walt Coleman/Walt IV; Ed Hochuli/Shawn; Steve Freeman/Brad;

Four sets of brothers are included in the roster build; Allen and Rusty Baynes; Jeff and Jerry Bergman; Carl, Dino and Perry Paganelli; Gene and Tony Steratore.

Two former NFL players now officials round out the roster in Steve Freeman and Phil McKinnely.

The 2017 NFL roster of officials grid below also includes crew assignments, schedule conflicts, etc

No.NamePos.CollegeCrew AssignmentNFL Experience

(including 2017)

122Brad AllenRPembroke StateAllen4
20Barry AndersonUNorth Carolina StateWrolstad11
66Walt AndersonRTexasAnderson22
108Gary ArthurLJWright StateSteratore21
72Michael BanksFJIllinois StateMcAulay16
56Allen BaynesSJAuburnHussey10
59Rusty BaynesLJAuburn-MontgomeryHochuli8
32Jeff BergmanDJRobert MorrisTriplette26
91Jerry BergmanDJRobert MorrisMcAulay16
34Clete BlakemanRNebraskaBlakeman10
23Jerome BogerRMorehouseBoger14
40Brian BolingerLJIndiana StateAllen1
18Byron BostonLJAustinAnderson23
74Derick BowersDJEast CentralColeman15
98Greg BradleyDJTennesseeHochuli9
43Terry BrownSJ*TennesseeTriplette12
11Fred BryanUNorthern IowaAllen9
86Jimmy BuchananFJSouth Carolina StateHussey9
134Ed CampDJWilliam PatersonBoger18
63Mike CarrLJWisconsinBoger1
60Gary CavalettoSJHancockVinovich15
41Boris CheekSJMorgan StateMorelli22
51Carl CheffersRCalifornia-IrvineCheffers18
16Kevin CodeyLJWestern New EnglandColeman3
95James ColemanSJArkansasColeman13
65Walt ColemanRArkansasColeman29
87Walt Coleman IVSJSouthern MethodistBoger3
99Tony CorrenteRCal State-FullertonCorrente23
94Hugo CruzDJTexas-Pan AmericanBlakeman3
25Ryan DicksonSJUtahCorrente1
27Lee DyerBJTennessee-ChattanoogaWrolstad15
76Alan EckU*BloomsburgCorrente2
3Scott EdwardsSJ*AlabamaTorbert19
81Roy EllisonUSavannah StateSteratore15
61Keith FergusonBJSan Jose StateHussey18
64Dan FerrellUCal State-Fullerton15
71Ruben FowlerUHuston-TillotsonTriplette12
88Brad FreemanSJ*Mississippi StateCheffers4
133Steve FreemanBJMississippi StateTriplette17
80Greg GautreauxFJ*S.W. LouisianaTriplette16
128Ramon GeorgeULenoir-RhyneBlakeman2
103Eugene HallFJNorth TexasBoger4
49Rich HallUArizonaBoger14
125Laird HayesSJPrincetonAnderson23
93Scott HelversonBJIowaHochuli15
29Adrian HillSJ*BuffaloSteratore8
97Tom HillFJCarson NewmanAllen19
28Mark HittnerDJPittsburg StateWrolstad21
85Ed HochuliRTexas-El PasoHochuli28
83Shawn HochuliBJClaremontAllen4
82Buddy HortonFJOregon StateCorrente19
37Jim HoweyDJ/LJErskine19
35John HusseyRIdaho StateHussey16
117John JenkinsFJSt. Mary’sAnderson4
101Carl JohnsonLJNicholls StateMcAulay14
55Alex KempSJCentral MichiganHochuli4
121Paul KingUNicholls StateTorbert9
21Jeff LamberthSJTexas A&MWrolstad16
73Joe LarrewFJ*St. LouisBlakeman16
2Bart LongsonLJBrigham YoungCorrente3
89Jon LucivanskyFJMinnesotaVinovich9
10Julian MappLJGrambling StateWrolstad9
107Ron MarinucciLJGlassboro StateHussey21
19Clay MartinUOklahoma BaptistCheffers3
39Rich MartinezBJCanisiusMcAulay4
77Terry McAulayRLouisiana StateMcAulay20
8Dana McKenzieLJToledoBlakeman10
110Phil McKinnelyDJUCLAVinovich16
48Jim MelloDJNortheasternAllen14
118Dave MeslowFJ*AugsburgParry7
78Greg MeyerBJTexas ChristianVinovich16
115Tony MichalekUIndianaHussey16
111Terrence MilesBJArizona StateColeman10
120Jonah MonroeSJArkansasMcAulay3
135Pete MorelliRSt. Mary’sMorelli21
92Bryan NealeUIndianaMorelli4
1Scott NovakFJ*PhoenixColeman4
24David OliverDJBakerSteratore1
124Carl PaganelliUMichigan StateAnderson19
105Dino PaganelliBJAquinasSteratore12
46Perry PaganelliBJHopeParry20
132John ParryRPurdueParry18
17Steve PatrickBJJacksonville StateBlakeman4
15Rick PattersonFJ/SJWofford22
79Kent PayneLJ*Nebraska WesleyanCheffers14
131Mark PellisUAlleghenyParry4
9Mark PerlmanLJSalemVinovich17
6Jerod PhillipsDJNortheastern StateAnderson2
47Tim PodrazaLJNebraskaMorelli10
109Dyrol PrioleauSJJohnson C. SmithBlakeman11
30Todd PrukopBJCal State-FullertonCorrente9
5Jim QuirkBJMiddleburyCheffers8
44Jeff RiceUNorthwesternColeman23
31Mearl RobinsonFJAir ForceCheffers1
126Brad RogersFJLubbock ChristianMorelli1
50Aaron SantiFJSouthern OregonTorbert3
129Bill SchusterUAlfred18
45Jeff SeemanLJMinnesotaParry16
104Dale ShawFJAlleghenyHochuli5
113Danny ShortLJNorth Carolina-CharlotteTriplette1
14Shawn SmithUFerris StateHochuli3
90Mike SpanierDJSt. Cloud StateParry19
12Greg SteedBJHowardMorelli15
84Mark SteinkerchnerLJAkronTorbert24
22Steve StelljesDJFriendsMorelli16
68Tom StephanDJ/LJPittsburg State19
114Gene SteratoreRKent StateSteratore15
112Tony SteratoreBJCalifornia, Pa.Boger18
102Bruce StriteskyUEmbry RiddleVinovich12
100Tom SymonetteDJ*FloridaCheffers14
53Sarah ThomasDJ*MobileTorbert3
62Ron TorbertRMichigan StateTorbert8
42Jeff TripletteRWake ForestTriplette22
13Patrick TurnerDJCal State-Long BeachCorrente4
52Bill VinovichRSan DiegoVinovich13
123Ed WalkerDJSan Jose StateHussey4
26Jabir WalkerSJMurray StateAllen3
7Keith WashingtonSJVirginia Military InstituteParry10
116Mike WeatherfordFJOklahoma StateSteratore16
119Greg WilsonBJUSCAnderson10
54Steve WoodsUWabashMcAulay1
4Craig WrolstadRWashingtonWrolstad15
38Greg YetteBJHowardTorbert8
33Steve ZimmerFJHofstraWrolstad21

*Denotes new position for 2017

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