On Tuesday, the NFL acknowledged during a meeting with various NBC personnel that the best of the replacement officials will be used for the highest profile Week One games, starting tonight in New Jersey.
Implicit in this plan is the reality that the lesser games will get the crews deemed to be less than the best crews. It’s a concept that Peter King and yours truly discussed during Peter’s in-person visit to PFT Live on Wednesday.
That’s potentially bad news for fans of teams like the Rams and Lions or the Cardinals and Seahawks or the Panthers and Bucs or any of the games that are deemed to not be the most compelling of the weekend.
Then again, that could be good news for fans of those teams, depending on which team a bad call may favor.
Regardless, George Carlin once said that there’s a doctor who’s the worst doctor in the world, and someone has an appointment with him tomorrow. Similarly, there’s a crew of replacements that is regarded by the league as the worst of the replacements.
And two teams have an appointment with them on Sunday.