Bill Carollo is the referee assigned to the Seattle-Oakland game tonight. The Seahawks are 2-4 under Mike Holmgren when Carollo officiates. Those games included: 2004 home victory over the 49ers; 2002 home loss to the Eagles; 2000 home loss to the Broncos; 2000 road loss to the Raiders; 1999 home victory over the Chiefs; and a 1999 road loss to the Chargers. Carollo has assessed 37 penalties against Seattle and 44 against Seattle's opponents in those games.
Holmgren has not initiated a replay challenge against Carollo as Seahawks coach. He might want to hold off tonight as well. Carollo is the only NFL official who has not had had a coach-initiated reversal this season. He is 7-0 against head coaches. He also has the highest overall replay winning percentage this season (through yesterday). He is 8-1, equating to a .111 reversal rate. His only reversal this season was about as mundane as it gets: the replay official challenged a spot during the Eagles-Giants game on Sept. 17, turning a 10-yard pass into a 9-yard pass.
"Bill Carollo became a National Football League referee in 1989 and worked Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XXXVII. He has worked the NFL playoffs in every season he has been eligible to do so, including Conference Championships in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2004. He serves as Executive Director of the NFL Referees Association. A native of Wisconsin, Bill attended the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. He was an NCAA football and basketball official and worked as Milwaukee Brewers Official Scorer for the American League. In 2004 Bill retired from IBM after 30 years and is currently the Vice President of Global Sales for Manpower Inc. He is active in many youth, community, and charitable organizations in the Milwaukee area. Bill and his wife, Mo, parents of four children, reside in Shorewood, Wisconsin." -- Excel Sports Officiating