Brad Allen I thought had the best "crew" last year (even if others may have had better individual parts). 5 of the other 6 members were on his crew last year and Greg Yette worked with Allen before so that is one I like.
Brad Rogers is another crew to watch. Pender, and I believe Eaton, were Covid hires so probably would have been still in development pipeline had they not been needed last year, but I like them being surrounded with Payne, Santi, and Steed who are among the best at their respective positions.
Why does NFL continue to feel that they have to protect Sarah Thomas? If she is a Super Bowl caliber DJ why do you need to have a CC regular opposite her (Carl Johnson) and another playoff regular on her sideline (Allen Baynes)? Compare that to someone like Kevin Codey, who has not been a consistent playoff official, and has a past his prime Mark Steinkerchner opposite him and a SJ who is not a playoff regular (Keith Washington). Jerod Phillips has a rookie opposite him (Maia Chaka) and a returning opt out (Joe Larrew). Hell, even Patrick Holt, who was among the lowest ranked DJ last year, has a LJ comparable to Johnson in Mark Pearlman, but his SJ (Jimmy Buchannan) is nowhere near the same level as Allen Baynes.
Did Steve Zimmer change his jersey number to 22..they seem to give his 33 to Blake... Yet, Larrew kept his old number...
Do we have Maia Chaka jersey number as of yet?
They had already hired Blake and assigned him 33 by the time Zimmer won his grievance. 22 was available so Zimmer took 22. No idea if Zimmer didn't care about his number and didn't ask for it back, or he asked the NFL for his number back and the NFL said, "Take 22, be happy you're back, and shut up."
73 was not assigned to a new hire, so Larrew got to keep his number 73.
Haven't heard about a number for Chaka.
Currently 2, 66, 71, 89, 94, 100, 108, 112, 127, 129, 132, 133 and 135 are available.