Skip to content

League shrugs at NFLRA grading of replacement officials

dunce_cap Getty Images

On Monday, the NFL Referees Association sent out a list of the errors made by the replacement officials in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game.

The league doesn’t seem to be swayed by the gesture.

“There are officiating errors in every game,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via email.  “No one is perfect.”

A source with no horse in the fight thinks that the NFLRA should continue to scrutinize the officials, after the lockout is resolved.

“I wish the NFLRA also published that information on weekly basis about themselves,” said an employee with one of the NFL teams.  “Actually, what they did was lame and quite hypocritical.”

That’s a great point.  If the NFLRA is going to list the mistakes made by the replacement officials, there’s no basis for comparison unless the locked-out officials have their performances publicly scrutinized, too.

Maybe the replacements made more mistakes.  Maybe fewer.  Maybe the same.  With only the data from the replacements available, there’s no way of knowing the truth.

Permalink 41 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Rumor Mill, Top Stories
41 Responses to “League shrugs at NFLRA grading of replacement officials”
  1. jjpetes says: Aug 6, 2012 8:27 PM

    Fire all the old refs and let the replacements go for the whole season.

  2. scytherius says: Aug 6, 2012 8:28 PM

    Yeah, just wait til they lose an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady because they put them in this kind of danger all in the name of a few more dollars.

  3. sixburghrules says: Aug 6, 2012 8:32 PM

    Spot on report! You can’t say they were worse if you don’t have a benchmark! And there were A LOT OF MISTAKES by full time officials last year!

  4. keepounding1234 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:34 PM

    scytherius says:
    Aug 6, 2012 8:28 PM
    Yeah, just wait til they lose an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady because they put them in this kind of danger all in the name of a few more dollars.
    —————————————————-
    If a star quarterback is lost a flag can only be thrown after the fact.
    Your point is moot.

  5. browntown57 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:37 PM

    scytherius says:
    Aug 6, 2012 8:28 PM
    Yeah, just wait til they lose an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady because they put them in this kind of danger all in the name of a few more dollars.

    Whether a personal foul is called or not, it doesn’t make an injury go away, so I don’t see how replacement officials cause injuries.

  6. fballguy says: Aug 6, 2012 8:40 PM

    And per Mike Perreira, this is in stark contrast to his officials, who never made a mistake in their lives.

  7. narrabeen23 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:41 PM

    so wait, the news refs didnt call a helmet to helmet when they had a chance?

    i like these new guys.

  8. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Aug 6, 2012 8:48 PM

    No need to play the PR game if your the officials, nobody cares about you guys.

  9. zaggs says: Aug 6, 2012 8:48 PM

    “”Actually, what they did was lame and quite hypocritical.”

    Lets not forget how the “real” refs whined with Tagliabue said publicly that the refs in the 2003 Giants/49ers playoff screwed up on the last play.

  10. tonyricemajorharris says: Aug 6, 2012 8:51 PM

    Somewhere Ed Hockulee is benching 460 pounds waiting to take on the replacement Refs

  11. jonl1090 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:55 PM

    I think it’s going to be exciting! Mistakes made, players, coaches and fans going nuts! Replacement officials scratching their heads, I thought you were going to call it? I thought you were going to call it! Tons of no calls! It’s going to be awesome!

  12. vincentbojackson says: Aug 6, 2012 8:55 PM

    The real refs were absolutely horrible last season. How much worse can the replacements be?

  13. clusterfu says: Aug 6, 2012 8:57 PM

    NFLRA is a joke. It’s also a joke that giving the refs an acceptable offer is the financial equivalent of me losing a penny.

  14. AlanSaysYo says: Aug 6, 2012 9:27 PM

    I don’t care how many mistakes the replacement officials made. There is too much on the line every week in the NFL for the league to allow replacement officials to call regular season games. The replacements lack the experience, training, and seasoning of the regular officials. There is no excuse for the NFL, with its $9 billion in annual revenue, to be using inexperienced referees just to leverage the experienced ones into a better deal. Officiating is critical to the game itself. This is like Cadillac selling new cars with mismatched used tires – yeah, the car might be fine, but how confident are you that there won’t be a complete disaster?

    I don’t care how this gets resolved, but it needs to get resolved before the regular season starts, and the top tier of referees need to be officiating the games.

  15. ghjjf says: Aug 6, 2012 9:45 PM

    NFL, please end the lockout, we need Jerome Boger back!!

  16. larrybrown43 says: Aug 6, 2012 9:49 PM

    To all the critics of the NFLPA, just wait until the regular season starts. As soon as a game changing call goes against your team, you’ll be the ones screaming the loudest for the regular refs to come back.

  17. larrybrown43 says: Aug 6, 2012 9:50 PM

    NFLRA I meant.

  18. noturavragepunk says: Aug 6, 2012 10:12 PM

    Thank you browntown and keepounding.
    My thoughts exactly.

    I guess scytherius expects a ref to some how get in the way of a big hit.

    So what if Rodgers or Brady get hurt. That just means their team will have to play harder to win games. And it could give another team a chance to go to the playoffs.

    10 to 1 these replacement refs wouldn’t have flagged suggs a few years ago when he didn’t even touch Brady.

  19. mjkelly77 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:17 PM

    scytherius says:Aug 6, 2012 8:28 PM

    Yeah, just wait til they lose an Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady because they put them in this kind of danger all in the name of a few more dollars.
    ___________

    What danger? Would the replacement refs be wielding clubs a la Tonya Harding’s goons?

  20. kacapaco says: Aug 6, 2012 10:30 PM

    A*holes. Now they act like a sore ex that got dumped. Childish.

  21. benh999 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:37 PM

    The officiating actually “looked” no worse, if not better than, past HOF games in recent memory.

  22. txxxchief says: Aug 6, 2012 10:43 PM

    I think it would be great if an objective report was made on officiating every game, whether or not union refs called the game. I’d certainly donate toward the cause. I’ve seen innumerable miserable calls in games involving my favorite team.

  23. snowpea84 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:53 PM

    They have got to be joking. Pointing out officiating errors made? I do that every week of the season and no one cares then either.

  24. mark0226 says: Aug 6, 2012 11:03 PM

    Reporting errors publicly is actually a great way to clean up those errors. No one likes to be called out in front of peers, their bosses and fans.

    They are actually helping the replacements by letting them know where to improve next time.

  25. backuppunter says: Aug 6, 2012 11:06 PM

    it seems like the nfl could well afford to pay a little more to the best refs in the world and hold them to higher standard too. until we can have robots and cameras and sensors do all of the reffing that is.

  26. flsnupe says: Aug 6, 2012 11:32 PM

    There it is. It cannot be a coincidence that labor issues are always in the leagues favor on this website. Lets see how arrogant the responses will be from you league trolls when injuries and games are costs by poor refereeing.

    Totally believe the league has employees flooding this site. Cannot believe this many people are that short sighted about every single labor issue the league has. Go ahead mark the down thumbs button, I don’t care NFL League office flunkies. lol

  27. phuriousjorge says: Aug 7, 2012 12:54 AM

    May have just opened up a can of worms, NFLRA.

  28. kingpel says: Aug 7, 2012 5:39 AM

    I’m cool with letting the players play. Treat regular season games like they do playoff games and everyone will be happy. Only call blatant penalties. I feel like the regular refs outsmart themselves most of the time and get too ticky tack with the pass interference crap.

    Let them play. The flow of the game will improve.

  29. jcg23 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:55 AM

    @flsnupe Games and injuries were caused just this past season. It’s gotten worse every year for the last decade.

    I’d rather see less penalties than the lame ones the regular ones find out of seemingly thin air.

  30. tbtrojan says: Aug 7, 2012 6:09 AM

    larrybrown43 says: Aug 6, 2012 9:49 PM

    “To all the critics of the NFLPA, just wait until the regular season starts. As soon as a game changing call goes against your team, you’ll be the ones screaming the loudest for the regular refs to come back.”

    You act like that didn’t already happen.
    The Bucs missed the playoffs on tiebreakers in 2010 because the refs cost us a game, Winslow was getting mugged in the endzone during the 4th quarter but still caught the pass only for the blind ref to call it offensive pass interference. Tampa lost that game by a FG in overtime and got a letter from the league saying the refs messed up the call, like that made it ant better. The refs get that call right and the Bucs go 11-5, make the payoffs and Packers don’t even make the playoffs let alone win the Super Bowl.

    Those refs essentially altered the championship that year 2 months before it even happened, it could easily have been the Bears vs Steelers that year. PAck aren;t in the playoffs, thus Jay Cutler doesn;t get hurt in the championship game.

    Lets not kid ourselves that the “officials” were doing anything more than a below average job when they called games, they are next to useless and needed replacing anyway.
    Maybe the league should be trying to include harsher penalties for the refs when (and it is when not if) they mess up during games. And also stop punishing players/coaches who call out them out on the big stuff. Hold them accountable.

  31. eagleswin says: Aug 7, 2012 7:05 AM

    flsnupe says:
    Aug 6, 2012 11:32 PM
    There it is. It cannot be a coincidence that labor issues are always in the leagues favor on this website. Lets see how arrogant the responses will be from you league trolls when injuries and games are costs by poor refereeing.

    ————————————

    When Adrian Peterson when down last year was that due to poor officiating? How about Jamaal Charles? Michael Vick? Tom Brady a few years ago when he missed the entire season? How about all the concussions that Harrison dished out? The list could go on for a long time. It’s a contact sport, players will get hurt.

    Star players get injured all the time and this happened with the regular refs. The only thing the refs can do is call a penalty after the play, they are not going to step in front of a blitzing linebacker and stop him.

    Sure i’ll complain if the refs miss a call that hurts my team but that will be no different than previous years. There’s missed calls in every game under the “experienced” refs to. Some of them quite blatant.

  32. matt14gg says: Aug 7, 2012 7:17 AM

    Very dumb move IMO. Going forward the league should do this every week. Not only that, but the league should go back for the last, say, five years and put out a critique of all games and see how the whole thing stacks up. My guess is you would not see much of a difference between the replacements and the regulars.

  33. eagleswin says: Aug 7, 2012 7:17 AM

    mark0226 says:
    Aug 6, 2012 11:03 PM
    Reporting errors publicly is actually a great way to clean up those errors. No one likes to be called out in front of peers, their bosses and fans.

    They are actually helping the replacements by letting them know where to improve next time.

    ——————————–

    I agree. I would like to see this be permanent. I’d also like the NFLRA, since they have plenty of time on their hands to go back and grade themselves for the last 3 years. That would be an interesting comparison.

  34. matt14gg says: Aug 7, 2012 7:32 AM

    The Jerome Boger comment made me spit up my coffee and for the guy who mentioned Ed Hochuli, what the NFLRA should do is get Ed in a room with league negotiators and just let Ed talk. He will just go on and on forever with a drawn out, insipid monologue that doesn’t have anything to do with anything, kind of like when he tries to explain a penalty, until the league finally just begs for mercy and throws in the towel.

  35. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 7, 2012 7:36 AM

    Can’t be any worse than the excessive number of phantom roughing calls that occurred last season!

  36. capesquad says: Aug 7, 2012 7:46 AM

    I don’t know about the board being flooded with NFL flunkies- but I will say those of you so gleefully chastising the professional refs WILL change your tune if we go into the regular season without them.

    I can’t believe the NFL would let that happen over the inconsequential dollars we’re talking here to keep the game called by the best. YES, they are maddening, YES they make mistakes (lots of them)- but do you really think folks who couldn’t get jobs in collage football will be as good?

    I don’t, and neither do the owners.

  37. rbirving says: Aug 7, 2012 7:59 AM

    The NFLRA is a joke. Part-timers that want to be paid like they’re professionals.

    Give me full time refs or go hide in the park. Maybe replacement refs won’t give special treatments to certain teams like the old farts did.

  38. leeweezy8 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:44 AM

    Roger Goodell always talks about protecting the integrity of the game. Don’t you think the integrity of the game is being compromised with these replacement officials? He needs to practice what he preaches! Stop lolly gagging around and get the real refs in place. If the season is tainted by these d-league refs, it’s going to look bad on the commissionor part because he could not get a deal in place before the start of the season. Honestly, I don’t know how long he’s going to make it as being commissionor. There are too many bad things that has happened on his watch from the lock out a few years ago, the Redskins and Cowboys delima, bounty-gate, concussion lawsuits, player arrest are at an all time high, and now this. I can’t see him neither D. Smith making another term as leaders of the NFL or the NLFPA.

  39. travishenryskid says: Aug 7, 2012 9:07 AM

    The NFLRA is being critical of the guys that are taking their jobs? Weird, I thought they would be fully supportive.

  40. httr555 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:32 AM

    NFL Shield is the biggest thing in the world of sports/entertainment right now!!! If your High performance sports car needs to be worked on are you going to take it to the local highschool and let the kids work on it as part of their Co-op program??? Heck no! You can afford the car you can afford it to be worked on by the best. It’s Simple you fools! Just because we want less “touching” flags doesn’t mean we let Stevie Wonder ref.

  41. flsnupe says: Aug 7, 2012 10:36 PM

    Excellent htt4555! You explain my position better than I did!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!