The last 14 months have been unusually eventful for NFL umpire Garth DeFelice. He suffered a mild concussion during an October 2004 game, then worked the properly officiated Super Bowl after last season. He is back in the news after getting struck in the neck by a David Garrard pass Sunday.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled weekly officiating update. Week 16 featured a season-high 12 coach-initiated replay reversals. The previous high had been eight, set in Week 15. My records show 83 coach-initiated reversals this season. It’s pretty remarkable that we’ve had 24.1 percent of them in a two-week period.
Mike Holmgren got into the action with his reversal Sunday. Holmgren (2-2 in challenges) is one of 10 head coaches with a .500 or better winning percentage in challenges this season. The Jaguars’ Jack Del Rio lost one for the first time this season. He had been the only coach without a failed challenge in 2006. Del Rio still leads the league in replay winning percentage, which won’t do him much good if the Jags miss the playoffs. Ref-by-ref and coach-by-coach breakdowns are below.
Bill Carollo reversed himself three times in three chances during the Saints-Giants game Sunday. He had only one reversal in 14 previous coach-initiated challenges this season. Bill Leavy, workings the Redskins-Rams game, also went 0-2 in coach-initiated challenges.
The coach-by-coach records for 2006 are below:
The numbers along the left margin of the following chart show how many times each ref has worked a Seattle game this season.