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NFL warns coaches again about behavior toward replacement officials

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Last week, the NFL reportedly warned all coaches about bullying the replacement officials, following 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s antics in a Week One win over the Packers.

This week, the league is issuing the warning again.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the NFL has informed all teams this week that last weekend’s behavior won’t be acceptable this weekend.

“We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson told Schefter. “We expect it to be adhered to this weekend and forevermore.”

So why weren’t Fox and Del Rio fined?  Until something tangible is done, these “I’m gonna turn this car around right now, Mister” warnings won’t be taken seriously.

That said, look for the Week Two officiating memo (which may appear . . . then disappear . . . then reappear on NFL.com) to urge the replacement officials to force teams to go with replacement coaches, if the head coaches act up.

As our friends at The Dan Patrick Show learned earlier this week, no NFL coach ever has been ejected from a game.  If the NFL wants to get the coaches’ attention, actions will speak louder than warnings.

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  1. kckingb says: Sep 20, 2012 6:30 PM

    if the NFL was so worried about keeping the integrity. then PAY the officials and be done with all this

  2. realitypolice says: Sep 20, 2012 6:33 PM

    No one else sees the irony of a league that is trotting out High School gym teachers to ref it’s games telling someone else to “respect the game”?

  3. packfaninca says: Sep 20, 2012 6:33 PM

    “responsibility to respect the game”

    How ironic.

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Sep 20, 2012 6:34 PM

    So let me get this straight. We’re going to protect the integrity of the game, but kicking out the head coach so we can have replacement officials AND replacement coaches. Yeh, that makes sense. How about just getting the regular officials back and THAT will restore the integrity of the game and we’ll have NFL ready officials AND the real head coaches. This ain’t rocket science folks.

  5. goniners49 says: Sep 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    Or they could resolve this labor dispute. Seems like a better solution to me.

  6. j0esixpack says: Sep 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    They need to show these refs more respect. Not only do they ref games on the weekends but they also work all week at Footlocker.

  7. Ghost Rat says: Sep 20, 2012 6:41 PM

    Come on, Goodell. Pay the officials and end this travesty.

  8. fmwarner says: Sep 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    “We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson told Schefter.
    ——————————————-

    The league itself excluded, of course.

  9. flannlv says: Sep 20, 2012 6:45 PM

    “We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson told Schefter. “We expect it to be adhered to this weekend and forevermore.”

    They should send that memo to the owners and Goodell. Until they work out the referee fiasco, the words are just that. Words.

  10. pudgalvin says: Sep 20, 2012 6:46 PM

    I could see about 800 unsportsmanlike conduct calls happening this week. I’m guessing that’s going to be the controversy next week, the officials over reacting to any kind of scrum on the field.

  11. smacklayer says: Sep 20, 2012 6:46 PM

    kckingb says:
    “if the NFL was so worried about keeping the integrity. then PAY the officials and be done with all this”
    ——————
    Yeah pay them whatever they demand right? If the refs want a $1million per game each, the NFL should just “PAY the officials and be done all this”. Obviously you have never run a business. Why don’t you do demand you boss pay you whatever you want and see how far that gets you. There is a market clearing price for any job. By virtue of the fact that the refs are NOT working right not, leads me to believe that they have priced themselves out of the market.

  12. pesotmato says: Sep 20, 2012 7:00 PM

    Demand for the NFL games are so high, so the owners and Goodell really don’t care about using the replacement refs. To get them attention as fans we should boycott the games and then see what will happen.

  13. dcowboy77 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:01 PM

    Why does everyone say there is a game every thursday ?

    There is no thursday game week 16 & 17.

  14. sfjj37 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:05 PM

    At a time when the owenrs are making record profits, they are demanding refs take a paycut AND give up EARNED benefits from previous agreements. I’ve run a business and found that I got the best out of my business when I was fair to the employees who made my business successful!

  15. scytherius says: Sep 20, 2012 7:06 PM

    Well . . my wife will appreciate another weekend of no football. I can’t watch anymore and I’ve been watching since the early 60s.

  16. the1vito says: Sep 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    “…everyone has a responsibility to protect the game.” What about the NFL? The fact that the replacement officials need the league to say that the coaches need to behave themselves and that it’s the coaches’ responsibility to “protect the game” because the officials are incapable of properly doing so indicates that the replacement officials are not “perform[ing] admirably” as the NFL has said, and is essentially an admission that the integrity of the game is indeed being harmed.

  17. dubblelznhell says: Sep 20, 2012 7:17 PM

    This is dumb. Telling coaches to respect the game when the heads at league offices allow scabby, arm-chair referees to preside over a professional football league game that’s supposed to hold more prestige than the other joker organizations going on. (arena football, etc)

  18. madczyk says: Sep 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    Wait a minute, just wait a minute here. What is with all of these comments from people saying that the NFL should pay the locked out refs?? You mean the same refs that made the tuck rule common knowledge? how man people actually agree with that one? The same refs most people blast for too regularly enforcing pass interference or “illegal touching”? The same refs that have made so many people think that the game has become too “soft” (whatever the hell that means really) and not the same anymore?

    Forget it, let these refs grow a pair, throw a coach or two out and let the games be played. I’ve seen these refs make some awful calls yes, but they also have been more often than not, letting the players play and that is what the game should be which is not how the old refs enforced the rules.

  19. phillyforlife says: Sep 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    realitypolice says: Sep 20, 2012 6:33 PM

    No one else sees the irony of a league that is trotting out High School gym teachers to ref it’s games telling someone else to “respect the game”?
    ——————————————————
    Um in the 80′s my Jr. high school history teacher Bill Reynolds was an NFL ref even worked the SB between the Redskins and Dolphins. So yeah they have been putting high school teachers out there for awhile. So there my friend is your reality!!

  20. randallflagg52 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    Can’t wait to see Jim Harbaugh’s head explode this week when he gets flagged for berating the refs.

  21. whasmyname says: Sep 20, 2012 7:32 PM

    Maybe this is the new reality TV—people will keep watching just to see how ridiculous it gets. It will be flag city this week. Let’s see if we get a clue from tonight’s game.

  22. bgoochy says: Sep 20, 2012 7:32 PM

    “We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson told Schefter. “We expect it to be adhered to this weekend and forevermore.”
    ——————————————-

    The NFL should respect the game and bring in the most competent referees that money can buy. This just so happens to be the group of referees that the NFL has locked out.

  23. memartz63 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:36 PM

    “We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game,” NFL Executive Vice President Ray Anderson told Schefter. “We expect it to be adhered to this weekend and forevermore.”

    ————————————————

    Really?? Now the NFL is resorting to strong arming the coaches and players to gain leverage against the locked out officials. That’s pathetic. Talk about respect? What about respect for the fans that spend their hard earned cash to watch this fiasco??

    It’s not the scab refs fault that they’re in this position but the coaches are paid to win games. When they see blown calls and the wrong spot of the ball or clock mismanagement, how could they not get upset?? Their jobs are on the line.

    Steve Young said it best Monday night. The NFL just doesn’t care about it’s fans, it’s players or it’s product. Do what we say or you’ll be fined…

  24. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Sep 20, 2012 7:37 PM

    The NFL didn’t fine Fox and Del Rio because they are basically employed by Peyton Manning and the NFL would never fine the MegaHead or his constituents.

  25. bronc24 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:39 PM

    How about respecting the fans, and putting the best product out there. We buy the tickets & nfl gear. So shape up NFL

  26. mintberrycrunch1 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:42 PM

    Yeah, because just folding to the absurd demands of the “good ol boy club” (old refs) and giving them a long term contract with zero accountability makes so much sense. <–sarcasm

    Players have already admitted the old refs favored certain players and gave them favorable calls (right Jared Allen?), and you really think that screams integrity?! Get real. 

    Think back to every red flag thrown over the last few years that overturned a call and every fine thrown at a player after a game when no penalty was called on the play that caused the fine.  Every single one of those calls was incorrect. That's a huge amount of bad calls. 

    I agree something needs to be done to improve the confidence and competence of the new refs, but just folding to the ref union is NOT the answer.  Consider the fact that teams are blatantly telling players to play more aggressively to try to "get away" with illegal contact, and coaches are screaming bloody murder at every call just to pressure the refs to get their way.  It's like a substitute teacher coming in to a classroom and the parents telling the children to screw off in class and mess with the new teacher a much as possible.  The coaches, players, and media are putting the new refs in an even worse position then they were to begin with and now they complain about it. Ridiculous.

  27. mgdsquiggy17 says: Sep 20, 2012 7:44 PM

    “if the NFL was so worried about keeping the integrity. then PAY the officials and be done with all this”

    So the NFL should pay the mediocre officials who want to take no responsibility more money and that is keeping the integrity of the game? give me a break

  28. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 20, 2012 7:53 PM

    It’s ridiculous Wallace wasn’t suspended for pushing the ref. looks like even the league doesn’t respect these guys

  29. SparkyGump says: Sep 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    You will but up with bad officiating and you will like it!

  30. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 20, 2012 7:59 PM

    When a ref costs a coach a game, that cost his team from making the playoffs, and then cost him his job. Then maybe they will understand how important every game and almost every play is

  31. chi01town says: Sep 20, 2012 8:03 PM

    No veteran coach in the NFL will back off these guys as long as they can intimidate them into making an changing calls on the field. an the coach who can scare these guys the most has a 65% chance of winning the game. SO I SAY SNAP ON THEM

  32. ham1 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:07 PM

    As the cuncussion lawsuits continue to pile up on the NFL, watch some player who ends up losing his career file a law suit in the future due to the poor officiating that the NFL is now putting on the field.
    Player safety is comprimised and some lawyer will attack that someday. Bet

  33. larryjames836 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:11 PM

    Roger Goodell got the NFL coaches, players, and owners where he want them at eating out of his hands. Don’t mess with Roger Goodell replacement refs are you will get suspended for the season.

  34. jchuber says: Sep 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    The head gestapo will fine you if you disobey his commandments. He’s trying to protect the integrity of the game, by bulling anyone who is not an owner.

  35. delshofner says: Sep 20, 2012 8:57 PM

    Well, talk is cheap on all sides.

    How about us fans all boycott NFL Shop until the real Refs are back?

  36. bat42boy says: Sep 20, 2012 9:03 PM

    If they expect everyone to respect the game then they should bring back the real refs instead of using these so called replacements officials. The NFL is not respecting the game and should be fined. Jerry Jones should keep his mouth shut.

  37. bornsteel62 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:33 PM

    Clearly the coaches and players don’t respect the current on-field officials. So King Goodell decides he will legislate from the front office… if this were YOUR business take a guess how it would turn out… If The King and his men were reading any message boards, they know the people are not happy.
    My prediction is if this goes to week 6 as it has been, The Shield caves and a compromise with the regular officials is reached. Until then, enjoy the chaos.

  38. slowclyde86 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:43 PM

    I am surprised this is not mentioned more—it is notan issue of just handing over money to the refs. They need to show the players that they will win each and every labor dispute.

  39. EJ says: Sep 20, 2012 9:51 PM

    I think that regardless who the refs are they should be treated with the up-most respect. I mean c’mon, replacement or not, they are still human beings.

  40. mjkelly77 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:06 PM

    If the coaches weren’t allowed to criticize, badger and berate the old, greedy part-timers, why are they allowed to do so with the new officials? The same goes especially for the players and the announcers who are shills for the greedy part-timers.

  41. mjkelly77 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:13 PM

    How ’bout the NFL adds a $10 surcharge per ticket to cover the additional cost for the greedy part-timers? We’ll see how many fans support that. It’s easy to spend money that isn’t yours.

    If you want to see better officiating, then wait until the greedy part-timers agree to take responsibilty for their officiating. That will allow the NFL to hire, reward and retain the best while they jettison the dregs. The NFL ain’t exactly the AMA.

  42. realitypolice says: Sep 20, 2012 10:13 PM

    That’s OK, phillyforlife, I’m pretty sure everyone else got my point.

  43. mjkelly77 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:24 PM

    randallflagg52 says:Sep 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    Can’t wait to see Jim Harbaugh’s head explode this week when he gets flagged for berating the refs.
    _______________

    Hey, you’re stealing my Hairbough’s head exploding line.

  44. pens5829 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:39 PM

    I’m done with the NFL. Watching the Golf Channel tonight

  45. cowboycjn says: Sep 21, 2012 9:09 AM

    So the league is concerned about coaches being tired of seeing outlandish calls with the potiential of costing them a game and if they talk to the temporary refs they get their hands slapped? How dumb can this NFL league be? Put the normal more trained and more qualified refs back to work (at least they know the rules they are trying to enforce) and solve this problem that you guys are being so stubborn about.

  46. smartanis says: Sep 21, 2012 9:26 AM

    Yeah, let’s encourage the replacements to have an, “I’m gonna be the first ref to eject a coach; someone give me a reason,” mentality. Maybe we can get that Saints fan to work the Chiefs-Saints game this weekend. I’m sure we’ll see Romeo Crennel break the “ejection” barrier.

  47. bayouboy2 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    The only way this is going to get resolved is for the players to get involved. They need to tell the NFL that they have 2 weeks to resolve this issue or they will walk on strike for safety concerns. If they did that, you would see this resolved real damn quick……. Roger Godell and the NFL are starting to turn into nothing but money hungry bullies.

  48. mackie66 says: Sep 21, 2012 11:17 AM

    This is too silly for words, fine the players, throw the coaches out of the game, what comes next? Me not watching NFL games.

  49. flsnupe says: Sep 23, 2012 9:01 AM

    smacklayer says:
    Sep 20, 2012 6:46 PM
    y virtue of the fact that the refs are NOT working right not, leads me to believe that they have priced themselves out of the market.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Wrong and this opinion shows you dont know the issue. The NFL and RA are 3 Mil apart because the NFL wants them to go full time and to add more refs with the same pool of money, that is called a pay cut buddy. They also want to move all the refs to a 401K plan that is limited compared to their pension plan now, another pay cut. So, ask yourself, would you do this if you employer did this to you, or would you just accept it as the market? lmao Read and learn some facts before just hoping on the MAN’S side.

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