Seahawks Insider Blog

Hawks draw first-year ref

Gene Steratore is the referee assigned to work the Seattle-Arizona game tomorrow, according to the flip card. Steratore has never worked a Seattle game as referee, no surprise given that this is his first season as an NFL referee. He worked a 2004 home victory over the 49ers as field judge on Bill Carollo's crew.

This season, Steratore's crew has assessed 15.5 penalties per game, second-most in the league, according to my records. Coaches have challenged him eight times, winning five reversals. That leaves him with the third-highest reversal rate (.625) in coach-initiated challenges. Note that Cardinals coach Dennis Green has a 1-6 record in replay challenges this season. Mike Holmgren's challenge record is 1-2. Steratore is one of four referees this season whose crew has assessed fewer penalties against road teams (seven fewer in his case).

More on Steratore: He and Jerome Boger are new referees this season. Steratore apparently co-owns a janitorial-supply company.

Also: Steratore's brother, Tony, works as back judge on the crew. Seattle is 1-4 under coach Mike Holmgren when Tony Steratore serves as back judge, notable only because one of those games was the 2004 home loss to Dallas featuring some officiating errors.


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