BREAKING NEWS: NFL beat writers Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson are both reporting via twitter, that the NFL and NFLRA are close to reaching an agreement. MEANING, the “official” NFL officials could be working this weekend’s games.
This is quite exciting after the first three weeks of the NFL season have been completely horrible penalty wise. Yes, the replacement refs have done their best – but they call the game too tightly and do not give players the chance to just “play”. On many accounts I have seen too many block in the back penalties, pass interference penalties and roughing the passer penalties. AND not enough holding penalties.
After watching the first three weeks of the season, I can say with relief that many teams will feel relieved to have the “real” NFL officials out there *cough, cough Green Bay*.
If the deal can be reached within the next few hours, expect to see the NFL’s Official Refs out there this Sunday. Meaning, the game should be called as we are used to seeing.
Now, I’m not one to bash the replacement refs for the task that they had – but I will say in all honesty that 95% of the replacement officials were NOT ready for NFL action. The NFL is much faster than they are used to – which is likely the reason for all of the borderline penalties called in each game.
Kudos to the league for finally taking matters into their own hands after many games were determined by lackluster referee performance.
As always, Keep your Fin’s up!!