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September 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Pete Morelli to head officiating crew for Seahawks-Chargers game

According to FootballZebras.com, the head referee for the Seattle-San Diego game Sunday will be Pete Morelli.

Morelli has been a referee since 2003. This will  be his first Seattle game since the wildcard playoff win at Washington in the 2012 season (though actually played in Jan., 2013). Here’s his ProFootballReference page and game log.

He’s done four Seattle games during the Pete Carroll era, with the Seahawks going 2-2.

As this ESPN article from last December illustrated, Morelli’s crews have a rep for letting the players play.

Penalties have been another bright spot for Seattle so far this season. The Seahawks were called for just four last week, all of which were accepted, exactly half of their average of eight penalties per game in 2013.

And for all the talk  of how Seattle might be impacted by the new emphasis on illegal contact and defensive holding, the first game was about as clean as could be for the Seahawks. Of the four penalties, none were against the secondary, with the lone pass interference penalty coming on an obvious call against linebacker Bobby Wagner in coverage 40 yards downfield. The other three penalties were two for offensive holding and one for defensive offsides.

 

 

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