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Robbie Gould calls replacement refs “clueless”

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We’re getting closer to the regular season and the realization that replacement officials could be working real games is starting to set in around the league.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said that replacements didn’t know the rules about defenseless receivers, Titans coaches had their own complaints about the guys working their game against the Cardinals and even players watching the games on television are weighing in. Bears kicker Robbie Gould sent out a tweet while watching the Titans-Cardinals game on Thursday night that left little need to interpret how he really feels.

Florio and others might believe that a concerted effort from players would be the best way to spark a new round of negotiations aimed at ending the lockout, something that would definitely include Gould’s commentary on the work by the folks in the striped shirts. The NFL isn’t publicly wavering from their stance, though. Despite evidence to the contrary, NFL vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said that the replacement officials are improving.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello will be on PFT Live Friday for a longer discussion on where things stand in regard to the officiating. If the reaction to Thursday night’s game is any indication, it won’t be the last one.

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28 Responses to “Robbie Gould calls replacement refs “clueless””
  1. bbrophy1 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:20 AM

    he’s right tho. they called an illegal chop block penalty on 2 players! the block becomes illegal when the 2nd guy engages low when the first guy is engaged high on the pass rusher. You can’t announce it as both players as if they mugged the pass rusher. small detail but this is the NFL and with these officials it will be “Not For Long” as the classic term was coined

  2. daysend564 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:21 AM

    Donovan McNabb played for 12+ years before he knew that a game could end in a tie.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 24, 2012 11:26 AM

    To be fair, Gould didn’t say the refs are clueless. He said the refs “ate” clueless. Not sure what that means, but maybe it’s a good thing?

  4. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    The NFL and Roger Goodell do not care about the integrity or the history of the league. Their only concern is the owners profits.
    Maybe if so many of you weren’t so busy on your knees defending Godell you’d be able to see that.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    Uh-oh, Robbie Gould has spoken out. Time to end this situation immediately. Supreme Court will convene, first thing in the morning, for a special session to deal with the matter I’m sure.

  6. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    He’s right but then again, he’s not a real football player. I could do his job.

  7. wolfpack152 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:34 AM

    Hey PFT – Why do most of your Locked Out Officials posts call for pressure on the league and never address the fact they were offered a reasonable raise that most of us in this economy would kill for. Why are you not calling on pressure for them to “preserve” the integrity of the game by showing up and working for a living instead of demanding pensions which everyone knows most businesses no longer offer. It’s a 401K now – get used to it – They need to sign the contract (for more money) – show up week 1 and then blow calls just like they did last year.

  8. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 24, 2012 11:34 AM

    This would mean more if he wasn’t a kicker.

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Aug 24, 2012 11:38 AM

    Replacement players, replacement officials, … if this crap keeps up what the NFL really needs to be afraid of is finding replacement fans.

  10. stealthscorpio says: Aug 24, 2012 11:39 AM

    Roger has no credibility when he talks about protecting the shield now.

  11. omniscient48 says: Aug 24, 2012 11:41 AM

    “because the refs ate clueless”

    Uh, Robbie, speaking of clueless . . .

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 24, 2012 11:43 AM

    I love my kicker…but shush.

  13. hatesycophants says: Aug 24, 2012 11:59 AM

    Robbie Gould is not allowed to have an opinion about anything even remotely related to football.

  14. adx321 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Aug 24, 2012 11:31 AM
    He’s right but then again, he’s not a real football player. I could do his job.

    No, you couldn’t and neither can most

    That’s why there are 32 nfl fg kickers – in the WORLD and the same ones keep getting jobs even when cut

  15. CKL says: Aug 24, 2012 12:11 PM

    Are kickers linebackers? No. Could anyone here do their jobs? ALSO…no. Some of them are SO GOOD at kicking FGs and PATS that teams will bring in guys to do kickoffs just to keep that PK. John Kasay, Adam Vinatieri, etc.

  16. hrmlss says: Aug 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    The Refs are arguing that what they want ONLY would cost the teams Like $100,000 each over the next 3 years but that doesn’t take into consideration the long term costs of giving part time employee’s a full time position PENSION. Only a Union would ask for a pension now when everyone in the world is getting away from them. Give them a 100% match on a 401K. At least that makes the person part responsible for saving for their retirement.

  17. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 24, 2012 12:18 PM

    Nah. Kickers/Punters aren’t special and those who say they are, are fans of bad football teams.

  18. tpa43 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:27 PM

    The nfl never cared about integrity of the game they care about all the player lawsuits against them. It’s a PR game the NFL plays

  19. farmmbig says: Aug 24, 2012 12:29 PM

    Frankly, I haven’t noticed much difference from the regular officials. Other than people in the media like to bash on the replacement guys.

    I see the same mistakes being made as before.

  20. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:31 PM

    somewhere John Lovitz is saying “hes lost his mind and Im reaping all of the benefits”…..

  21. mvp43 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:36 PM

    Once this finally gets resolved and the regular refs make it back to the field, I hope all these players and commentators scrutinize them with the same vile that they did the replacements.

    Ya, right………

  22. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 24, 2012 1:05 PM

    Frankly, I haven’t noticed much difference from the regular officials. Other than people in the media like to bash on the replacement guys.

    I see the same mistakes being made as before.

    ———

    Are you kidding me? I hope whatever job you do doesn’t require visual judgements.

    Calling a touchback when the punt landed on the 4. THE FOUR.

    Calling PI when the WR is still within the 5 yard. Calling PI on a WR out of bound TWICE.

    Penalizing a team that wasn’t even on the field, TWICE.

    Watching one game and concluding, “it ain’t that bad” is insufficient.

    Commentators, players, fans, heck even coaches with gag orders are laughing at these scabs.

    Soon, they will be crying because they cost their team a play-off spot.

  23. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2012 1:31 PM

    Keep it down Robbie. Now go get ready – the Junior High School bus is going to be here soon.

  24. dukemarc says: Aug 24, 2012 1:32 PM

    CKL says:
    Aug 24, 2012 12:11 PM
    ALSO…no. Some of them are SO GOOD at kicking FGs and PATS that teams will bring in guys to do kickoffs just to keep that PK.
    ————————–

    And those teams have terrible GMs….

  25. whodeytn says: Aug 24, 2012 2:07 PM

    They stink. We need the real refs back.

  26. xtrout says: Aug 24, 2012 2:57 PM

    So players get to make mistakes but refs don’t? If a kicker misses a field goal, are they clueless? or do they try better next time. Cut the noobs a break, it’s preseason for them too.

  27. marthisdil says: Aug 24, 2012 4:05 PM

    How about the NFLPA being responsible for half of the ref’s salaries, bennies, etc, and the NFL the other half.

    Then the player can know that their union has their interests at heart.

    Til then, the normal refs missed just as many calls, just weren’t scrutinized as much as these replacement refs are

  28. hrmlss says: Aug 24, 2012 4:46 PM

    I thought if you criticize the refs you got fined or suspended? Goodell should have a field day with all this!

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