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Last night’s crew also presided over Rams-Redskins mess


As part of their negotiations with the NFLRA, the NFL wants to establish a bench of officials so they can replace under-performing ones.

They may need to find a replacement crew for the replacement crew that worked last night.

The same officiating crew that had Seahawks-Packers had last week’s Rams-Redskins game, one that devolved into a mess of fights and generally looked out of control.

That crew — referee Wayne Elliott, umpire Marc Harrod, head linesman Mike Peek, line judge Tommy Keeling, side judge Lance Easley, field judge: Richard Simmons, back judge Derrick Rhone-Dunn and replay official Howard Slavin — also worked the Colts-Bears game in the opener, but that one passed by without much notice.

After calling just 10 combined penalties (for 67 yards) in Week One, they followed with 18 total penalties (for 156 yards) in Week Two and 24 (for 245 yards) last night.

The Redskins-Rams game wasn’t the kind of disaster of last night’s game, but it was a mess, with the Redskins claiming dirty hits on Robert Griffin III, and the game turning on Josh Morgan’s personal foul which came at the end of a long day of scrums on the field.

At the rate this crew is going, I’d hate to know what they have planned for an encore.

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29 Responses to “Last night’s crew also presided over Rams-Redskins mess”
  1. logicalthinkersays says: Sep 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    Boom. Ballgame. I knew these refs were crooked. Redskins NEVER get a fair shake. Not Fair League.

  2. mavajo says: Sep 25, 2012 2:40 PM

    Keep us posted on who they have next week. Whatever game they’re at, I hope the home ground greets them with a defeaning chorus of boos.

    I’m also tired of people saying “Don’t blame the replacements! They didn’t ask for this!”

    Uhm, what? Did the NFL hold a gun to their heads and force them to take the job? These clowns knew full well they weren’t qualified for this gig, and they took it anyway. They deserve everything they get.

  3. truk2112 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:44 PM

    Field judge Richard Simmons? I wonder if he led the pregame warm-ups. “Come on boys! Let’s get those buns moving!”

  4. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 25, 2012 2:47 PM

    Perhaps it is possible that teams are committing more penalties each week thinking they can get away with more with the replacement officials.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:52 PM

    I’m really starting to miss the moderately incompetent regular refs.

  6. snargi01 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:58 PM

    I’m surprised none of these replacements have walked because of all the negativity.

  7. thegame2love says: Sep 25, 2012 2:58 PM

    Assigned them to all of Jerrah’s games.

  8. coolgato13 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:59 PM

    Maybe we need to develop a “farm team” for replacement refs. Oh….wait…

  9. jbcommonsense says: Sep 25, 2012 3:03 PM

    These refs were TERRIBLE in both games, and changed the ultimate outcome in both games.

  10. rayvens says: Sep 25, 2012 3:06 PM

    i dont care who wins or loses….whats wrong is wrong..the Refs are wrong! they need to go!

  11. nofunleague says: Sep 25, 2012 3:07 PM

    This bunch of clowns has the Baltimore game on Thursday.. The Ravens will not put up with their crap. I hope they all resign first.

  12. beavertonsteve says: Sep 25, 2012 3:27 PM

    How did the REDSKINS not get a fair shake on two missed Rams touchdowns? You can whine all you want about Morgans’s personal foul, but the game should have been out of reach for Washington at that point anyway.

  13. crackills says: Sep 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    I see some death threats coming shortly to the reffs.

  14. realfann says: Sep 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    Don’t go expecting them to get fired anytime soon.

  15. 91devinhester23 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    as much as i hate to say it, posting that crew’s names online is probably a bad idea

    i hope none of them live in wisconsin

  16. tmkelley1 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    The apportioned cost of settling this issue with the NFL’s real officials works out to a whopping $100,000 per team per year. $100K. That’s it.

    The NFL has more money than the Sahara has sand. Pay up and stop making yourselves (that means all you owners) look like Mr. Scrooge.

  17. ronin36 says: Sep 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    Last night debacle effected only 2 teams (1 bad, 1 good) and *maybe* repeat *maybe* effected a handful of others.

    The important numbers in this discussion are:

    1, 1, 30, and 0.

    1 team is happy.
    1 team is torqued.
    30 teams don’t really care that much.
    0 dollars have been lost.

  18. grudenlikesme says: Sep 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    Whoever is official #26, that’s the one who needs to be “releived” of his duties. He was responsible for that terrible pass interference call on first and 35, and it wasn’t surprising he raised his arms for TD at end of game. This guy is in way over his head. Comical to watch last night and the ending didn’t shock me one bit. NFL should be ashamed

  19. DailySpew says: Sep 25, 2012 4:32 PM

    Replacement refs do not hurt the NFL product, they hurt the fan’s enjoyment of the NFL product.

    Everyone selling football to you makes just as much money with these refs as they did with other refs.

    No football fan is going to stop watching next Sunday, so the NFLRA has zero leverage, and the league is more than content to weather the screams and irate sentiments of fans, all the while hauling in bank at the same obscene rate they have for years.

  20. bigjd says: Sep 25, 2012 4:43 PM

    No comment needed. The headline says it all. I’m now looking for something else to do on Sunday afternoons.

  21. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    They will have 28 penalties their next game, it’s a mathmatical certainty.

    Week 1: 10 = +10
    Week 2: 18 = +8
    Week 3: 24 = +6

    Week 4: 28 = +4

    Maybe that means the lockout will be over in week 6 or 7…

  22. rcali says: Sep 25, 2012 4:48 PM

    I don’t blame these refs, I blame the NFL for not fixing the error. Cowardly non-action by the NFL.

  23. thewizardofbs says: Sep 25, 2012 4:55 PM

    Now that we have their names, it’s easy enough to do an online background report and get their addresses…

  24. richc111 says: Sep 25, 2012 5:12 PM

    There are a few things that bother me about all of this. 1st – I am not sure how it got to be open season on these guys. Sure they stink, but they didn’t ask for it. Its a job. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE is taking shots at these guys. The announcer act like it is the 1st time any of this had happened. Last night Grudden claims that they need to get the 1st guy who shoves but they only got the 2nd. Isn’t that an axiom for the past few decades in all sport. Last year they would almost laugh at it and call on the 2nd guy to be more discipline. It didn’t start 3 weeks ago, but now it is because of the replacement Refs. The 2nd thing is I compare this to sausage being made. How many Media, Fans and the whole group has criticized the refs in the past. Oh they need to be full time. Need to be younger but how do you think you are going to get a bunch of old guys getting 6 figures for a weekend job to go full time. It will never happen. My last point is the players and the coaches. Are you telling me that the only thing that is stopping the league from turning into Brawl Ball is experienced Refs. I see players pushing players on every play now. The players and the coaches have to take some responsibility for making this thing bad too. Tell you what Pete Carrol and McCarthy were great last night. They werent’t flipping out every time something did go their way. Half the coaches in the league now act like the dogs been shot on every call. Everyone needs to suck it up!

  25. imaduffer says: Sep 25, 2012 5:31 PM

    Does anyone know how much the replacement refs make a game?

  26. ursodiol says: Sep 25, 2012 5:41 PM

    how are richard simmons and don king being allowed to officiate nfl games?

  27. mrpowers88 says: Sep 25, 2012 6:07 PM

    So what you’re saying is that the league should have a team of officials on the bench to relieve these officials from botching another game? That’s such a good idea they should implement that with the regular officials when they come back! (sarcasm included)

    People keep bashing the league for not “paying up” to get the regular officials back. But the refs are fighting all negotiating points, including:

    -Having a full-time crew who can make it their sole priority to be the best refs they can be year-round

    -The hinted-at idea above about having an extra crew who can step in when another crew’s performance starts slipping

    -Refusing to switch off their pension plan (I partially blame the refs on this one). They work part-time- some only 4 months a year, when you pull in $5500/week for that time, how terrible can a 401K/match plan be (especially when refs don’t want to affect their more-lucrative, full-time jobs)

  28. dd393 says: Sep 25, 2012 7:38 PM

    They’re establishing a whole new level of consistency.

  29. jwreck says: Sep 26, 2012 12:04 PM

    richc111 says: Sep 25, 2012 5:12 PM
    The announcer act like it is the 1st time any of this had happened. Last night Grudden claims that they need to get the 1st guy who shoves but they only got the 2nd. Isn’t that an axiom for the past few decades in all sport. Last year they would almost laugh at it and call on the 2nd guy to be more discipline. It didn’t start 3 weeks ago, but now it is because of the replacement Refs.

    You’re absolutely right that coaches have been telling these players “the second guy always get the foul,” since they were six, and it is the player’s job to behave like a professional.

    However, if the refs were more competent, the “first guy” wouldn’t feel as free to take his shot on the proverbial “second guy” and fewer “second guys” would have to restrain their emotions and not respond.

    It’s like leaving a carton of matches in a class full of third graders: sure, they should know not to play with the matches; but if the school goes up in flames, who’s really at fault?

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