The Broncos have made available the flip card for the Seattle-Denver game tomorrow night. The card shows Scott Green as the referee assigned to the game. My records show Seattle with a 2-1 record under Mike Holmgren when Green is the referee. His crew has assessed 10 penalties against Seattle and 25 penalties against opponents in those games. Despite the 2-1 record and penalty differential, Green's crew made some questionable calls against Seattle during a December 2004 game against the Jets in the Meadowlands.
The first involved Shaun Alexander, who was sure he crossed the goal line on a third-and-goal play from the 1. Officials disagreed. Holmgren, his team trailing 30-14 late in the third quarter, decided to give the ball to Alexander on fourth down. Alexander had three blockers in front of him on the right side, but he never found the end zone. Jets linebacker Eric Barton stopped him cold and the ball popped free. New York recovered in the end zone. "That was really the turning point in the game for us," Jets coach Herm Edwards said.
The Jets took over at their 20 and quickly moved into Seattle territory. It was first-and-10 from the 17 when the Seahawks hit Jordan for a 2-yard loss and linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski knocked the ball free. Safety Ken Hamlin returned the apparent fumble for a badly needed Seattle touchdown, only to realize that an official positioned across the field had ruled Jordan down. This call seemed to bother Holmgren more than the others. "It's hard for me to understand how an official 40 yards away can make the definitive call and the guy three yards away can't," he said. "I'll always struggle with that one a little bit." Replays showed Jordan's rear end touching the turf at about the same time the ball came loose. The score might have been 30-28 had Alexander and Hamlin been credited with touchdowns. Instead, the Jets remained in control.
Seattle's defense allowed 480-plus yards in that game, one reason Holmgren didn't gripe too much about the officiating. Those were some big calls, however.
Green also officiated for Seattle's blowout victories over Houston and Philadelphia last season.
My records show Green has assessed 13.0 penalties per game this season, close to the league average. He has faced a league-high 17 replay challenges this season, with six reversals. Coaches have challenged him 12 times, winning four. Replay officials have challenged him five times, winning two. The league-wide reversal rates are .321 for coaches, .280 for replay officials and .311 overall.