Power Ranking Every Head NFL Official

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Power Ranking Every Head NFL Official
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Who do you want your head coach to point a finger at?

There are 18 head officials in the NFL. They range from absolutely amazing to positively horrific. As a way to figure out who is who, we power ranked them from best to worst.

So let's explore the 18 head referees in the NFL. In ranking them from 1-18, there were some that even surprised myself as to how high or low they wound up. Of course, the usual suspects are near the top and bottom, but toward the middle it tends to get cloudy.

As part of the power rankings, each referee will be given a competence-level grade as well. From best to worst:


Super Bowl Caliber

Who you want reffing if your team is in the Super Bowl. The calls will be fair and balanced. Also, he will be the most accurate when it comes to rules and tries to minimize any controversy.


Playoff Caliber

When your team makes the playoffs, you want this guy to ref your games because he's fair and balanced. He just may not be perfect in memorizing every rule.


NFL Average

What the minimum NFL standard should be for a referee. Sometimes is a little bit biased, but for the most part is balanced and will make accurate calls.



Remember the replacement refs? Yeah, there's a few on that same caliber.


Below Replacement-Level

There are also a couple who are below replacement refs.

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