Thursday, September 27, 2012
Officially speaking: Seahawks-Rams ref
By Mike Sando
With regular officials back this week, I've put together a chart showing where veteran referee Mike Carey's crew ranks in common penalty calls over the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Carey has been assigned to work the game Sunday between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams, according to Jim Thomas.
The chart, based on data from Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information, ranks Carey's crews against the 16 other crews by how many penalties each has called over the past two seasons. The chart shows penalties featuring at least eight accepted or declined calls by one of the crews.
Carey's crew has called the most penalties for defensive holding, neutral-zone infractions and intentional grounding. His crews rank near the bottom in calls for unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing the passer and general personal fouls.
The numbers may or may not reflect tendencies. Game situations obviously affect the totals.
Seattle has committed 36 penalties, tied with Dallas for most in the NFL. St. Louis has committed 20. Twenty teams have more.
Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung has six penalties, tied for most in the NFL. He has four for false starts and two for holding. Quarterback Russell Wilson ranks second with five, including four for delays of game, which default to the quarterback whether or not he was at fault.