Referee Ed Hochuli answers questions at Packers practice
Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) before a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars at Everbank Field. Image by USA TODAY Sports
Referee Ed Hochuli is one of the most infamous in football. He is a good official, but is known for having arms that are a bit bigger than most others, along with his sometimes lengthy explanations.
His crew will be working the Packers' Family Night scrimmage on Saturday night, and he addressed a few things about how certain rules will be enforced this season at Lambeau Field on Thursday.
The Seahawks allegedly get away with much more contact than other teams, and the league will apparently adjust enforcement of related rules:
Ed Hochuli says they'll be tightening up on defensive holding. Says five yards is five yards.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Hochuli also addressed the infamous lack of celebration allowed by the NFL:
On why over-celebrating after touchdowns is bad for the game, Hochuli says NFL is worried about it all trickling down to youth football.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
In essence, Hochuli says it comes down to the whole "act like you've been there before." NFL thinking of youth, he said.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Sometimes, Hochuli can take more time than other officials to explain calls after review or a question from a coach or player. He had some fun with that on Thursday:
.@BobMcGinn: Ed, Sometimes you're a little wordy in your explanations ... Hochuli: Will you get to your point. ...— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 31, 2014
Hochuli on being wordy: "Sometimes, I start talking and wonder how am I going to end this?"— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2014
Hochuli: My goal is to give the announcers the explanation. ... Want people to understand. I know there's more words than there needs to be.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 31, 2014