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Jerry Jones can’t see a difference with replacement refs

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Another day, another NFL owner claiming that locking out the officials isn’t making a difference on the field.

This time it’s Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who said on 103.5 The Fan that he’s not concerned about the lockout.

“No I’m not,” Jones said. “As long as it’s the same for both sides — and it will be — we’ll be all right. And they’re going to get better as they move along.”

Jones, who was fined $25,000 in 2008 for criticizing referee Ed Hochuli and fined $100,000 in 2009 for discussing issues relating to the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the players, apparently doesn’t have any problem talking about the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the officials. Jones also said he doesn’t agree with those who believe NFL refereeing needs to be a full-time job, which seems to put him at odds with some of the owners, who have suggested that a new deal with the NFL Referees’ Association would include at least some of the refs agreeing to give up their other jobs and devote all of their time to officiating.

“I think we get better people by having officials that don’t make it full time,” Jones said. “When you only are officiating 16 games a year, plus the playoff games, it doesn’t warrant full-time officials.”

Ultimately, Jones said, he hasn’t noticed any difference with replacements, and he said he thinks that if there are mistakes on the field, instant replay should be able to get it right.

“I haven’t, really, because I can take any game at this juncture in any year and come up with criticism of the officiating,” Jones said. “It’s subjective in so many areas, and we’ve got in place a pretty good backup system now with our replays, and when it’s replayed. If anything, I’ve seen in a couple of our games the replay procedure needs improvement. . . . That has, in my mind, nothing to do with these replacement officials.”

Jones sounds like he’s convinced that the officials’ lockout could go on indefinitely without affecting the NFL. Something tells me he’ll change his mind if a bad call from a replacement official costs the Cowboys a game.

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59 Responses to “Jerry Jones can’t see a difference with replacement refs”
  1. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    If Todd Akin owned an NFL team, and someone asked him to comment on the replacement officials; I’d expect him to say something very similar.

  2. bandoy767 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:33 PM

    Yah…. no ones going to “notice a difference” in the preseason when nothings on the line.

  3. kinggeorgexii says: Aug 23, 2012 12:33 PM

    cause jerry jones is a moron. when is he going to relinquish his control of the team?

  4. cuse6468 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:34 PM

    Why should he care. His team will suck again and will do so as long as he thinks he knows anything about being a talent scout. One again, the Cowgirls miss the playoffs. Good deal

  5. youdownwithjpp says: Aug 23, 2012 12:35 PM

    I’m sure this is will be repeated but, he also doesn’t see how being a GM/Owner is stunting his team. Seems Jerry is oblivious.

  6. cmr123 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:35 PM

    I like JJONES but this is a outright lie, I think there is a big difference and everyone knows it.
    I do think the refs are paid more than fairly but anyone saying they cant tell a difference is lying.

    cr

  7. mikea311 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:36 PM

    he also can’t see that his Cowboys have sucked for years.

  8. skinsfan28 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Didn’t Bud Adams say this last week?? Any more ancient owners want to admit their eyesight is failing them??

  9. savocabol1 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    Owners aren’t going to support the locked out refs. No matter how much they want to. It is bad PR

  10. spookinjack says: Aug 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    jerry’s just trying to get back on goodell’s goodside by strong-arming the holdout refs.

  11. fmwarner says: Aug 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    Just like Bob McNair, Jerrah is either stupid or a liar. Take your pick.

  12. joetoronto says: Aug 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Jones then went on to say “If you’ve seen one glory hole, you’ve seen them all.”

  13. deenice810 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:43 PM

    Jerry doesn’t see that his quarterback chokes in crucial situations either.

  14. ravensrooster94 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    No surprise. Jones probably doesn’t notice the difference between his team and the Super Bowl winning Giants, either.

    And he won’t notice the difference when his ‘Boys wind up 3rd in the division just ahead of the Redskins.

  15. bullcharger says: Aug 23, 2012 12:46 PM

    I have definitely noticed a difference so far. The current officials are really slow. They need to get organized a little faster after penalty flags.

    However, If the lockout lasts long enough, the replacement officials will eventually become as good as the regular officials. Anyone can be replaced.

  16. dionoil says: Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM

    There is some difference. They guys are all new and more prone to mistakes. I don’t buy the argument that they are inherently inferior.

  17. 303bengalguy says: Aug 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    Jerry Jones can’t see.

    That’s all the title of this article should actually say.

  18. kane337 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    All of the owners are saying the same thing. They are backing up the commissioner and the replacement refs.

  19. rajbais says: Aug 23, 2012 12:53 PM

    What is with NFL owners in Texas and referees???

    Are their judgements impaired or do they hate the regular refs that much???

    Well, the only difference between these two owners is that the Texans actually have a legit shot at winning the Super Bowl!!!

  20. kyplayer19 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:56 PM

    If Goodells prime issue is to protect the Integrity
    of the game, then he needs to step up and pay the
    REFS. Its not like they are asking for vincent
    jackson money!!!

  21. dccowboy says: Aug 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    I think he believes nothing of the sort. I also think he’s engaging in ‘negotiating’ and sending a message to the Refs (and Goodell, “Please don’t fine me again).

    Maybe he wasn’t ‘looking’ when the replacement refs made that assinine call in the Dallas SD game.

  22. bearsstillsuck says: Aug 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    I never thought I’d agree with Jerry Jones.

  23. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    Why, because they are wearing the same white and black striped uniforms as the old refs? He should look at the game length stats. Even if the mistakes are a wash, the games and time it takes to call a penalty/ re-set the ball/ clock/ etc. are painfully slow right now.

  24. electionconfidential says: Aug 23, 2012 12:59 PM

    “When you only are officiating 16 games a year, plus the playoff games, it doesn’t warrant full-time officials.”

    Okay, so why do we need full-time players? Besides, he’s forgetting the 4 pre-season games they referee which makes it a total of 20 games plus their ongoing training and their travel requirements.

    Jerry Jones was obviously put on Earth to make the Bidwells look reasonable and the Irsays seem honest. It’s great to know that his son Stephen is number two in command, so that the family can continue to run that team into the ground for many decades.

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    A blind monkey could ref games these days since every play is reviewed by replay.

  26. originalhulkhogan says: Aug 23, 2012 1:00 PM

    I have definitely noticed a difference so far. The current officials are really slow. They need to get organized a little faster after penalty flags.

    However, If the lockout lasts long enough, the replacement officials will eventually become as good as the regular officials. Anyone can be replaced.

    ——————————————————

    I agree completely brother!!

  27. bigdaddydooko says: Aug 23, 2012 1:01 PM

    Using instant replays to fix obvious mistakes is great. Only problem is each team only gets a max. of three replays a game.

    NFL really needs to use the NCAA replay system where essentially all plays are reviewed.

  28. LoCoSu@%s says: Aug 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    I know the owners have to support the replacement refs, but come on – dont treat the fans as stupid, gullible morons.

    These owners are really out of touch with reality.

  29. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 23, 2012 1:04 PM

    He has also had 50 concussions.

  30. pilonflats says: Aug 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    ive only watched three preseason games so far, and there are two main differences that i’ve seen. first – the officials take a lot longer and have to conference more. second – they let the players play a little more and throw less flags on holding and pass interference, which i find refreshing. as for bad calls, i havent seen much of a difference yet – keeping in mind that refs like walt coleman and hochuli have made a living blowing calls and not understanding the rule book. i wish both sides would get their act together – i want to hear about football, not the zebras.

  31. lbrad413 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    Just wait until one of these refs blow a big call and cost a team a W… Then they will see.. I can’t wait to see what team is going to be the first victim.. b/c you know its going to happen!!

  32. digger3030 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    No matter who the zebras are calls will be missed both ways. I think it might be nice to have fresh eyes in there. The current refs have gotten their heads spinning by over complicating things like possession calls. How many games have you seen the last few years where a guy makes a catch takes two steps and gets blown up by a db and causes a fumble which after a long review is overturned by a four minute explanation by hoculi how the catch and fumble everyone just saw really wasn’t a catch at all. Maybe the new guys and girl will bring some much needed common sense back to the game. Seems like the main problem has been clock management and time runoffs etc. I’m sure they can learn those rules.

  33. garonm says: Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    “I think we get better people by having officials that don’t make it full time,” Jones said. “When you only are officiating 16 games a year, plus the playoff games, it doesn’t warrant full-time officials.”

    So what Jerry is saying is that since his team plays 16 games and almost never in the playoffs, that they are not full time either… Oh that’s right, they have training camp. Guess what, so do the officials. This league needs full time officials with the help of instant replay! The only thing that he’s right about is that it has to be fair on both sides.

  34. thraiderskin says: Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    I don’t think JJ is actually watching, but he has a point how the bad calls are, very prevelent(my words, no his), for both sides, equally.

  35. grabgrabgrab says: Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM

    Cowboys haven’t won since Jerry Jones released the 2nd best coach the Cowboys have ever had in Jimmy Johnson. His ego is ENORMOUS! Blind!

  36. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    What are owners supposed to do? Support the locked out refs? Next thing you know, calls that probably wouldnt be called against you start getting called. Its suicide to do anything BUT support the scrubs refs.

    Then again, I have an anti-union bias so maybe Im the wrong person to comment on this.

  37. sactogary says: Aug 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    The replacements are definitely not as good, but they are good enough and getting better. I’m sure the league is reviewing every questionable call and working with the crews on areas that most need attention. They’re also reviewing performance, and will weed out any really terrible ones – especially since the union is not there to protect the low performers.

    When I’ve watched or listened to the pre-season games, there’s rarely been much focus on the officials, except for fearmongering and making big deals out of minor flubs.

  38. krusher33 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    If they don’t see a difference with replacements then let me ref a game.

  39. raysfan1 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    1) stating officials don’t need to be full time because they are only need for a 16 week season plus the playoffs is a crock and Jones knows it. It leaves off the obvious that officials work the preseason too. That’s 25 weeks of games. Full time refs would enable teams to have them at off season OTAs as well, at rookie orientations, and to have organized off season training camps for the officials as well.
    2) Yes, many plays are reviewable, but not all, and coaches have a very limited number of challenges. Plus, penalties are not reviewed, nor are no-calls when a penalty goes unflagged. Jones of course knows this too.

    This is all just posturing. It’s not about quality of officiating, which could obviously be made to improve. It’s about money, as always.

  40. jaggedmark says: Aug 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Because the regular referees are infallible?

    Coin toss flub.

    Hochuli’s diaster.

    Super Bowl handed to Steelers. (Seahawks)

    And a thousand more disasters.

  41. lionhammer says: Aug 23, 2012 2:05 PM

    Jerry Jones also can’t see the deficiencies in his own team….

  42. csilojohnson says: Aug 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    Wow, never thought I would ever agree with that man. The biggest mistakes I have seen have been made by the replay officials. Not replacements.

  43. awdlmd says: Aug 23, 2012 2:13 PM

    Of course he can’t. Cheaper product, charge the same, owners happy.

  44. foosball11 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    Almost every game that I have watched over the past decade has had its share of blown calls. To my knowledge, none of those contests were presided over by replacement officials. Let the officials union twist in the wind, the game will still go on.

  45. rufustfireflyjr says: Aug 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    Liar, liar pants on fire

  46. robgilman says: Aug 23, 2012 2:29 PM

    Just wait until one of these refs blow a big call and cost a team a W… Then they will see.. I can’t wait to see what team is going to be the first victim.. b/c you know its going to happen!!

    That already happens every year with the regular refs though. In time these guys will be up to par, and arent coming in without any preconceived bias like the old refs. they are strictly focusing on making the right calls to keep their job

  47. pierrepoint1 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    This explains the Cowboys dismal performances. Jerry can’t see anymore, and quite possibly has gone senile.

  48. electstat says: Aug 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    More like, “another day another article about the refs.” I’m sure the media will prove their integrity and report every misstep the “pros” make too, right?

  49. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:56 PM

    The same thing happens in every referee article. Someone posts something similar to this stupid comment: “Just wait until one of these refs blow a big call and cost a team a W…”, and then i reply with this same comment: “the old refs sucked and cost teams games. The new refs will most likely suck an cost teams games. Absolutely nothing is different (other than maybe the time it takes them to make calls, but that will get better as they improve).”

    Just remember, the NFL wants extra crews so they can fire bad refs. They FINALLY want accountability, and fans have been asking for that for years. Have patience.

  50. rahavort says: Aug 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    If he truly thinks there is no difference with the replacement officials, he must be watching all the games squinting like he is in that picture.

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    This just in, the refs can’t see a difference in Jerry Jones Cowboys this year either.

  52. cometkazie says: Aug 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    Consider the source!

  53. trulyurkidding says: Aug 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    He didn’t see a problem with the Super Bowl he hosted at Jerry World either and look what that cost the league. I would say whatever Roger wants me to say to support his mistaken agenda so I could get back in his good graces to host another Super Bowl in Big D.

  54. pack15forever says: Aug 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Jerry, it’s time to get new glasses!

  55. davekva72 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    Aug 23, 2012 1:14 PM
    Cowboys haven’t won since Jerry Jones released the 2nd best coach the Cowboys have ever had in Jimmy Johnson. His ego is ENORMOUS! Blind!

    ————-

    Except for 2 years later, when they won the Super Bowl.

  56. karlpk says: Aug 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    If it was my billion dollar product, I’d want the best and most trustworthy available. Maybe Cowboy fans should cheap out and stop buying jerseys. He’s perfectly willing to give you an inferior product and expect the same amount of compensation. Can’t trust a guy like that.

    Ref mistakes will increase as the players round into regular season shape – the game will get faster and there will be much scrutiny.

  57. geniusesq says: Aug 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    Jerry Jones can’t see anything

  58. kruciald says: Aug 23, 2012 6:01 PM

    I hear ya Jerry! Doesn’t matter who the refs are, they all blow calls that often decide the outcome of a game!

  59. truefan27 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:57 PM

    Shut up Jerry!!! Go sit in the owners box and let the real NFL minds do the work.. I love the cowboys but with you in control they are destined to fail for many years to come.

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