The referee for tonight’s Seahawks-Packers game will be John Parry. And as ESPN details here his crews have a reputation for calling things tightly in the secondary.
“It’s worth noting that Parry’s crew was a relatively prolific caller of defensive holding and illegal contact last season, before the points of emphasis were announced. It called a combined 26 of them in 15 regular-season weeks, tying with Clete Blakeman’s crew for the most in the league.”
That might sound ominous for the Seahawks given their defensive reputation and the new points of emphasis. As the ESPN story notes, there will be a lot of eyes on the officiating tonight for setting a tone for the regular season, given the new points of emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding.
More favorably for the Seahawks, though, Parry’s crew did one Seattle game last season — the 29-3 win over the 49ers in week two of the regular season.
In that game Seattle was called for just one defensive penalty, a defensive holding call on Byron Maxwell early in the fourth quarter.
Parry’s crew also did Seattle’s loss at Detroit in 2012 when the Seahawks were called for just two penalties that were accepted and four total. As detailed here, Brandon Browner was called for an illegal use of hands and a defensive holding, both of which were declined.
So while Parry’s crew has a rep for calling a lot of defensive penalties, in two recent opportunities officiating Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, he hasn’t called a single penalty on any of them.
Those are the only two Seahawks games Parry’s crew has done since Pete Carroll took over as coach in 2010.
We’ll see what all of this means tonight.