Dallas Cowboys: Ed Hochuli

Officials breakdown: Ed Hochuli

September, 25, 2013
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys will get Ed Hochuli’s crew for Sunday’s visit to the San Diego Chargers.

It is the first time the Cowboys will have seen Hochuli since Week 11 last season, when they beat the Cleveland Browns 23-20 in overtime. Dallas was penalized 11 times, with nine accepted for 92 yards. Cleveland was penalized 12 times for 129 yards.

Last week Hochuli’s crew worked the Detroit Lions-Washington Redskins game. The Lions were penalized eight times for 71 yards and the Redskins were flagged six times for 45 yards. Of the 14 penalties, four came on special teams.

The breakdown:

Roughing the passer -- 1
Defensive holding -- 1
Illegal formation -- 2
Offensive holding -- 2
Illegal block above the waist -- 1
Defensive pass interference -- 1
Unnecessary roughness -- 2
Face mask -- 1
False start -- 1
Illegal use of hands -- 1
Delay of game -- 1


First -- 5
Second -- 4
Third -- 2
Fourth -- 3

At least Jason Garrett wasn't stubborn

November, 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas – So you want to call plays in the NFL?

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett addresses the media after the team's Week 11 win against the Browns.

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Try doing it when you can’t run the ball and can barely protect the quarterback. That was Jason Garrett’s dilemma in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win against Cleveland.

The Cowboys ran it 19 times for 53 yards, excluding two Tony Romo scrambles. Felix Jones had 43 yards. Lance Dunbar had 10 yards.

There was simply not a lot of room to run for the running backs, and you can’t blame Tyron Smith’s absence. Smith was in for five running plays before getting hurt and had three minus plays by my count. Jermey Parnell was OK as a replacement but he had two holding penalties, one of which was wiped out because Ed Hochuli decided to give one penalty to Dez Bryant.

Jones’ best runs came in the second half, including a 9-yard gain in the fourth quarter that Garrett never came back to with Jason Witten sealing the edge, Miles Austin blocking in the slot and Doug Free getting to the second level.

For those complaining about the runs out of the end zone late in the fourth quarter, the line and tight ends could get no push and fullback Lawrence Vickers could not help either. Passing in that situation, however, would not have been worse than running it.

This is where Garrett deserves some credit as a play caller: he found something and stuck with it. The stop route worked just about whenever the Cowboys wanted it with Bryant, Austin, Dwayne Harris or Kevin Ogletree running it. They found a little success with it in the second quarter and it just got better in the second half. The Browns did not have an answer or chose not to look for one.

The stubborn thing to do would have been to continue to run and get nothing but a headache.

Garrett didn’t do that Sunday but it’s not an easy way to make a living.

Cowboys' officials breakdown: Ed Hochuli

November, 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will welcome the big guns of Ed Hochuli to Cowboys Stadium on Sunday with the referee’s crew handling the Cleveland game.

The Cowboys had Hochuli’s crew twice last year, beating Washington both times. They were penalized 15 times for 103 yards in the two games. Washington had 10 penalties for 94 yards.

Last week, Hochuli worked the New York Jets-Seattle game and called 16 penalties with 13 accepted. The visiting Jets were flagged six times for 35 yards. Seattle had seven penalties for 45 yards.

The breakdown:

Defensive holding -- 3
False start -- 5
Holding -- 4
Illegal motion -- 1
Pass interference -- 1
Offside -- 1
Unnecessary roughness -- 1


First -- 4
Second -- 5
Third -- 0
Fourth -- 7

Officials breakdown: Ed Hochuli

November, 15, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- For the second time this season, Ed Hochuli will referee the Cowboys-Redskins game.

Hochuli’s crew worked the Week 3 game at Cowboys Stadium and the teams combined for 10 penalties and 90 yards. The Cowboys had six penalties for 55 yards.

Last week Hochuli’s crew worked another fierce divisional rivalry game with Oakland and San Diego. The crew threw 14 flags with 13 accepted penalties. The Raiders had seven penalties for 45 yards and the Chargers had six for 31 yards.

The breakdown:

Illegal formation – 2
Encroachment – 2
Illegal use of hands – 1
Ineligible downfield on a kick – 1
Offensive holding – 2
Neutral zone infraction – 1
Unnecessary roughness – 1
Offside – 1
Defensive holding – 2
Delay of game – 1


First – 3
Second – 3
Third – 2
Fourth – 6

With the forecast calling for temperatures in the low 60s, hopefully Hochuli will go sleeveless to show off the biceps.

Ed Hochuli