ESPN: NOLA no-call referee named top NFL official


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: A referee watches as Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman #23 of the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The referee who was officiating during the infamous NOLA no-call in the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams has been picked as the NFL’s top referee by ESPN.

In a poll conducted by ESPN NFL experts, Bill Vinovich was named top official.

NFL expert Kevin Seifert says, “His crews usually average the fewest penalties per game in the league, producing crisp games with maximum focus on players and coaches.”

Also making the top 10 was Saints Head Coach Sean Payton who came in at No. 4 behind New England’s Bill Belchick, Andy Reid with the Kansas City Chiefs and Doug Pederson with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Saints offensive coordinated Pete Carmichael Jr. was picked as the third best offensive coordinator in the NFL.

The Saints all-white color rush uniforms were picked as the NFL’s best uniform.

NFL expert Matt Bowen said, “This is the cleanest look going right now in the NFL.”

You can read the full report here.

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