Referee Ron Winter was under fire in the Monday night game. Four challenges, three reversals, millions watching on TV. Ah, the joys of officiating. Winter is now 8-4 in coach-initiated challenges this season. That's slightly above the league average.
At the other end, Bill Carollo made Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer his latest victim. Counting Schottenheimer's effort Sunday night, head coaches have challenged Carollo 10 times this season. Scoreboard says: Carollo 10, Coaches 0. That makes Carollo the only ref without a coach-initiated challenge defeat this season. Jeff Triplette and Tony Corrente join Carollo as the only refs with fewer than two total reversals (counting booth-initiated challenges).
Ed Hochuli has a league-low seven overall challenges (5-1 record against coaches, 0-1 against the booth).
Mike Carey has assessed 23 more penalties against road teams, a league-high. Gerry Austin is next (plus-20), followed by Scott Green (plus-17) and Triplette (plus-12). We're talking about guys who have officiated no more than 10 games this season, so at most a guy would average two additional penalties against the road team. Bill Vinovich has assessed nine additional penalties against home teams, a league high. Larry Nemmers is the only ref at even zero (Bill Leavy is plus-1, Jerome Boger plus-2 and Peter Morelli plus-3). Those numbers seem to suggest no bias against road teams.
The hope is to streamline the presentation of these ref stats to make them more relevant. I'll make the weekly stats correllate to specific games, and over time I'll be able to show each team's record by referee. It just takes time. Two additional charts below.
SEASON-TO-DATE ASSESSED PENALTIES AND CHALLENGES BY REFEREE:
REF STATS FOR WEEK 11 ONLY:
Odd ref sighting of the week: Nemmers, standing on the field before the Seahawks-49ers game, asking a Seahawks photographer to snap a picture of him with Warren Moon.