Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints: What to Expect from Tony Corrente

Earlier this week, Detroit Lions Insider Tim Twentyman tweeted (say that ten times fast!) that Tony Corrente is the referee that has been assigned to the game between the Lions and Saints. Thanks to the magic of the internet, specifically a well timed retweet from our friend Ty, we can attempt to make a pregame officiating profile of what to expect on Saturday.

The good news is that the Lions, one of the most penalized teams in the league, will be playing under the watchful eye of a referee that doled out a below average number of penalty yards on a per game basis. See table below:

Name G Called Accepted Yards Yards/Game
James Coleman 1 11 11 146 146.0
Jerome Boger 15 270 237 1976 131.7
Jeff Triplette 16 240 211 1917 119.8
Terry McAulay 15 218 195 1779 118.6
Carl Cheffers 15 237 196 1775 118.3
John Parry 15 226 195 1685 112.3
Walt Coleman 14 214 173 1561 111.5
Pete Morelli 16 240 200 1784 111.5
Clete Blakeman 16 243 211 1781 111.3
Ron Winter 16 238 210 1717 107.3
Walt Anderson 15 213 189 1606 107.1
Mike Carey 16 261 223 1663 103.9
Bill Leavy 15 225 187 1549 103.3
Tony Corrente 11 147 127 1117 101.5
Ed Hochuli 17 212 189 1500 88.2
Scott Green 12 148 125 1049 87.4
Gene Steratore 16 205 171 1391 86.9
Al Riveron 15 183 148 1153 76.9

FoxSports.com goes on to provide a break down of calls for each referee.

The following calls strike me as being called disproportionately by Corrente (and crew) as compared to his peers:

Delay of game – This shouldn’t be concerning considering it is pretty obvious what is and what is not delay of game and how to avoid it.

Illegal block in the back – Called ten times on the year in eleven games. Twelve was tops among referees that officiated 16 games. A little concerning consider the Lions haven’t been great on special teams, the spot in the game where this is most likely to show up.

Illegal contact – Called six times, second most to Bill Leavy’s seven (in 15 games). Lions defensive backs will have to be careful and creative in how they try to slow the Saints’ receivers. Pass interference was called at a pretty low rate by Corrente’s crew so things may even out here.

Illegal motion – Not a common call and therefore not a big concern. Another call that is easily controlled by the offense rather than in the hands of the officials.

Unnecessary Roughness – 14 calls on the year, a number that looks more like the referees that officiated 16 games rather than 11. It is important to note that roughing the passer is a separate call, one that Corrente only made twice on the year.

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Topics: Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Officiating, Playoffs, Wild Card

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