Sunday, January 24, 2010
The book on referee Tony Corrente
By Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL assigned Tony Corrente to referee the AFC Championship Game between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium.
A few notes about Corrente and his crew from the 2009 regular season:
- They called 211 penalties for 1,583 yards. The league average was 209 penalties and 1,466 yards.
- Flags were most commonly thrown for offensive holding (42) and false starts (36).
- Darrelle Revis and the rest of the Jets' defensive backs better be careful. Corrente's crew called defensive pass interference 17 times, second most in the NFL. But they weren't whoppers. The 224 interference yards ranked seventh.
- The nine face mask flags were one behind the most of any crew.
- The six defensive holding penalties were two more than the NFL low.
- Offensive linemen should be mindful that Corrente's crew keeps an eye out for tripping. The four calls led the league.
- Physical play is OK. The crew detected unnecessary roughness seven times, while six other crews called it double-digit times. Corrente's crew called only three personal fouls all season.