NFL Replacement Referees

Posted: August 24, 2012 by Shawn in NFL, Sports
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For the second year in a row there is a lock-out in the National Football League, however this time it does not involve the players, instead it is the referees. It is already week 3 of the preseason and the replacement referees have looked anything but professional up to this point as there have numerous blown calls that would seem obvious to even a casual fan.

The problem isn’t the fact that these new referees do not know football, as they have all refereed at other levels and also taken NFL training. The problem is that no other place they have ever been can equal the pressure these men (and now woman) are under now. Before they were in the NFL, if they made a mistake before a team would get upset about it but it would not drag on like how it does now because of the microscope that is put on them by the media and fans. The use of instant replay does not help them either, now when they make a mistake it is shown on the stadiums’s jumbotron only seconds later. Add all this to the fact that because these are in fact replacement officials not mistake will go unnoticed and they will never get the benefit of the doubt.

Besides the quarterback and coach, referees might be the most scrutinized group of people in all of football. The official NFL referees are not perfect by any means but there is a reason why they are in the NFL and that is because they are the best. These new referees are giving it there best but they are simply not as good right now and unfortunately fans like myself do not want to give them a learning curve. ESPN’s Herm Edward brought up a good point (I know that’s and oxymoron) when he said that normally when a new referee is used he is surrounded by veterans refs to help him out and guide him throughout the game, however now they are all rookies.

I never thought that I would say this but we need to have Ed Hochuli’s schmedium shirts and five minute explanations of off-sides back. Time is running out, there is less than two weeks until opening night, and if the NFL is serious as it claims it is about player safety they should be doing everything humanly possible to get the “good-guys” back.

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