The NFL has decided to give Ed Hochuli some “marked down” grades for his bad call in the Broncos-Chargers game, which may mean he can’t work in the playoffs this year. GIven all of your harsh comments, I’m guessing most of you think it’s too light.
The official statement, from NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:
“Officials are held accountable for their calls. They are graded on every play of every game. Ed has been an outstanding official for many years, but he will be marked down for this call. Under our evaluation system, an official’s grades impact his status for potentially working the playoffs and ultimately whether or not he is retained.”
At the same time, the referees association has made it clear that they are standing behind Ed. They admit that he obviously screwed up, but they point to his 19 years of experience (with very little criscism). Tim Miller, the executive director of the NFLRA, had this to say:
“No one feels worse about this than Ed, but like the coaches and players in our high-speed game, mistakes will occur.”
“The NFLRA stands by Ed Hochuli as a 19-year veteran with multiple Super Bowl and countless playoff game experience who has the integrity and character to admit a mistake and accept the criticism that comes with it.”
So what do you think? Should Hochuli have been punished more, for what was really just one quick mistake? Or does the fault lie with the NFL, whose rules didn’t allow Hochuli the ability to fix it (by awarding the ball to San Diego)?