Rating refs touchy subject for NFL coaches

While the relationship between coach and referee is rarely pleasant, Mike Carey and Ed Hochuli, two of the most familiar referees, commanded the most positive votes in a recent survey, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: July 11, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Officiating can be an emotional subject for NFL head coaches. Pivotal calls that hurt their teams can remain fresh in their memories for years. In extreme cases, a botched call can contribute to a coaching staff's demise.

One prominent head coach offered a terse response when ESPN.com asked him to name the two best referees in the game.

"None of them," the coach huffed.

The response wasn't particularly surprising, but it wasn't the norm, either. Twenty-two ...

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