Dallas Cowboys: Gene Steratore

Officials breakdown: Gene Steratore

December, 25, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Gene Steratore will officiate Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, which is a good sign. Steratore’s crew is one of the best and allows teams to play.

Unfortunately the last time the Cowboys saw Steratore came in Week 8 against the Eagles in 2011, which was a 34-7 loss in which they lost linebacker Sean Lee to a dislocated wrist and had no answer for running back LeSean McCoy (185 yards).

The Cowboys had only three penalties in that game for 20 yards. The Eagles were penalized six times for 33 yards.

Last week Steratore worked the big NFC South matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. The crew threw nine flags, including three in the first five snaps of the game. The Saints were penalized four times for 40 yards and the Panthers had three penalties for 26 yards.

The breakdown:

Taunting – 1
Personal foul – 1
False start – 3
Defensive pass interference – 1
Unnecessary roughness – 1
Offensive holding – 1
Illegal formation – 1

Quarter by quarter:

First – 3
Second – 3
Third – 3
Fourth – 0

Officials breakdown: Gene Steratore

October, 25, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- Gene Steratore’s crew will work Sunday’s game at Philadelphia after having Week 7 off to rest.

The Cowboys last saw Steratore on Week 6 last year at Minnesota and were penalized 11 times for 91 yards. The Vikings were flagged five times for 45 yards.

Steratore’s crew last worked the Houston-Baltimore game on Oct. 16 and called 12 penalties with 10 accepted.

Here’s the breakdown:

False start – 4
Personal foul – 2
Defensive holding – 3
Delay of game – 1
Offside – 2


First – 3
Second – 5
Third – 2
Fourth – 2

The three defensive holding penalties from the Texans-Ravens game are notable. Two came against cornerbacks and one against a linebacker. That is a sign they will not tolerate much bumping in coverage, so Mike Jenkins, Terence Newman and Orlando Scandrick will have to be on top of their technique in going against Philadelphia’s receivers.