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Jimmy Graham thinks regular refs will help Saints offense

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is tackled by Carolina Panthers strong safety Charles Godfrey during an NFL football game in Charlotte Reuters

It’s not that they’ve been victimized by bad calls the way the Packers have, but Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said the return of regular officials should been a boon for his team.

The 0-3 Saints need whatever help they can get at Lambeau Field Sunday, and Graham hopes a crew with a better handle on the pace of the game will help.

“We’re such a rhythm offense and there has been zero rhythm these past three games,” Graham told Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. “Literally, the minute you have some kind of momentum there’s a 10-minute delay.

“That’s not how we operate as an offense. We have so many personnel groupings, shifts and motions. It’s all about timing. Drew [Brees] is a timing quarterback. That’s what we harp on and why are practices are so full speed because we need that. It’s been really disrupted.”

Graham said he’s been taking more shots than normal from defenders, who were pushing the boundaries of illegal contact under the eyes of the substitute teachers.

“A lot of guys have just been holding me or looking to hit me 10 yards down the field,” Graham said. “I can’t let that happen anymore.”

Or better yet, there are other guys on the field with him now that might not let it happen.

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32 Responses to “Jimmy Graham thinks regular refs will help Saints offense”
  1. blacknole08 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:26 PM

    Whatever. Blame your defense. Panthers beat those guys fair and square. It would have been the same beat down with the regs there.

  2. catfish2012 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:27 PM

    In other words, “hey refs, call the game our way or Vilma will put a $10,000 bounty on your head too.”

  3. mlmike25 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:27 PM

    Ahhh, so it’s the replacement refs’ fault for dropped passes, or poor OL protection, or bad tackling.

    What will the next excuse be if the losing continues?

  4. kane337 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:27 PM

    All teams have had to endure delays and defenders cheating a little bit. Sounds like a bunch of excuses from a 0-3 team.

  5. sb44champs says: Sep 28, 2012 2:31 PM

    Graham’s the man!!!!!!

  6. shaggytoodle says: Sep 28, 2012 2:32 PM

    It will help any team that likes to play uptempo.

    Just like the Packers, Pats, Saints, and Den.

    It was impossible with scrub officials trying to figure out whats going every other play.

    It was nice to finally see a game with a flow.

    I do understand people are upset with the Joe Thomas flop, but if Kruger just goes back to the huddle after the play its a non issue.

  7. meswant says: Sep 28, 2012 2:33 PM

    he is just crying cause the replacement refs were not not the taint’s payroll. It is harder to win games when the refs are not paid to help them win.

  8. sledgehorn says: Sep 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    I too have thought this.
    The “high octane” offenses really got hurt by the speed at which the game slowed down to because of the refs.
    The Packers, Saints, Eagles, Patriots, and Lions should benefit immensely from the real refs being back.

  9. thebjones says: Sep 28, 2012 2:42 PM

    Or maybe your rhythms off cause your qb missed all off season with a contract dispute! With all the problems surrounding them (bounty gate,wire taping, pills going missing) somehow its never their fault. Take a look in the mirror and man up

  10. bunjy96 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:49 PM

    Now I finally figured it out.

    Money was put up for the bounties but the players only got half, the other half went to the refs at the Saints games. That’s why Graham made his comment.

    Lets see how the game goes.

  11. goldrush36 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:50 PM

    It isn’t the tempo. It’s because the refs don’t let their little golden boys get hit much

  12. rjg427 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:51 PM

    I sort of agree here..dont you find it weird how all of the “high-powered” offenses have struggled so far this year..Im curious to see if Brees, Rodgers, Brady and Manning suddenly get hot now that the reg officials are back

  13. daysend564 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:52 PM

    Is Jimmy admitting that the refs favor them?

  14. shaggytoodle says: Sep 28, 2012 3:04 PM

    goldrush36 says:Sep 28, 2012 2:50 PM

    It isn’t the tempo. It’s because the refs don’t let their little golden boys get hit much
    ____________

    I don’t think so I remeber Rodgers getting sacked 8 times Monday.

    Which also happened when the Packers and Vikings played in the “Favre Bowl”

    Yes there are ticky tack calls, Would you rather have calls being flat out 100% wrong?

  15. celly84 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    rjg427 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:51 PM

    I sort of agree here..dont you find it weird how all of the “high-powered” offenses have struggled so far this year..Im curious to see if Brees, Rodgers, Brady and Manning suddenly get hot now that the reg officials are back

    ____________________________________

    oh, you’re talking about the teams that just so happen to have marquee players? the ones that happen to have the guys that the NFL and media like to designate as the “Face of the NFL”?

    Yeah, i’m sure the officiating will be real “fair” now that the real refs are back.

  16. liondoc says: Sep 28, 2012 3:09 PM

    the regular refs have a real dilemma now. what do they do when both of their favorite teams are on the field? they may just have to call this game impartially for a change.

  17. dzor22 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    The Falcons have an up-tempo offense..it slowed them down…but still 3-0. Why? they aren’t making stupid excuses. Somebody get these cryers some’ whaaa-burgers and french cries’!

  18. jaimelh02 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    So it’s the refs fault that they blew a 24-6 lead against the pathetic Cheifs at home. I hope the Saints go winless, I’m tired of the excuses.

  19. shaggytoodle says: Sep 28, 2012 3:37 PM

    dzor22 says:Sep 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    The Falcons have an up-tempo offense..it slowed them down…but still 3-0. Why? they aren’t making stupid excuses. Somebody get these cryers some’ whaaa-burgers and french cries’!
    __________________

    They are a great team, but the Packers are now 1-2* because of a job done so terrible, Goodell couldn’t should his face, and would’t let another game be played with a scrub ref crew.

  20. cuda1234 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:44 PM

    Wow, I think I have less patience for whiny Brew Brees and the Saints than I do for whiny Tim Tebow and the Jets.

  21. purpleguy says: Sep 28, 2012 3:50 PM

    If it’s not the NFL office, it’s the refs. Don’t they have mirrors in new Orleans for the players to look into when making excuses?

  22. phillyphever says: Sep 28, 2012 3:59 PM

    Ah, how I just love to hear the Aints cry like the babies that they are. Graham, shut up and do your job.

    “The Packers, Saints, Eagles, Patriots, and Lions should benefit immensely from the real refs being back.”

    So, the real refs will get Reid to run the ball more, call more 3-step drop passes and get Vick to roll out of the pocket? Nice try, the Eagles are terrible on their own.

  23. moagecu says: Sep 28, 2012 5:09 PM

    Can’t wait until the Saints are out of the playoffs after this week

  24. rogergoodellsays says: Sep 28, 2012 5:33 PM

    DAMNIT! I didn’t even think about that!
    These guys better NOT help the Saints offense. I’ve worked hard enough as it is to keep that scoundrel Payton off the field.
    If they all of a sudden start winning I may need to pull out my secret weapon.
    Another 50,000 pages of “evidence” to suspend some more coaches.
    APPEAL THAT!

  25. goldrush36 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:04 PM

    @shaggytoodle. Yes with replacement refs he got beat up. You really think the seahawks and cards get away with abusing Rodgers and Brady respectively with the regular officials? NO WAY

  26. sbethtu says: Sep 28, 2012 6:20 PM

    He isn’t blaming anyone, you people like to read into things based on your own hatred. He clearly states “I can’t let that happen anymore” which is taking personal responsibility.

    Nowhere in the article does it state the replacement refs are responsible for their losses and if you understand anything about football it took one quarter of a game to figure out the players were getting away with a lot more and that the tempo has been disrupted. You guys bitch about the Saints cheating but when it’s your own team breaking the rules because they know they can get away with it it’s okay. Get over yourselves.

  27. sbethtu says: Sep 28, 2012 6:24 PM

    thebjones “Or maybe your rhythms off cause your qb missed all off season with a contract dispute! With all the problems surrounding them (bounty gate,wire taping, pills going missing) somehow its never their fault. Take a look in the mirror and man up”.

    All he missed was OTA’s, he was there for all of training camp, so no, he did not miss all of the offseason. Get your facts straight.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Sep 28, 2012 6:36 PM

    Obviously u don’t recall the cardinals pack playoff game when rodgers was faced masked on the last play. Not called. It happens both ways.

  29. skolvikesskol says: Sep 28, 2012 6:58 PM

    We already knew that the zebras were your pets… Did you really have to throw it in our faces?!

  30. davereckon says: Sep 28, 2012 7:27 PM

    Right there with you Jimmy. See, i could be on the PGA tour. Its the slow 4somes i play behind that make me drive it into the woods.

    Rate of play, rate of play.

    Yeah, I know, but it looked just as silly when Graham said it too.

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 28, 2012 8:06 PM

    This whole bring back the officials thing is getting a little silly. Now we can expect the US economy to kick in with full employment, low gas prices and throw in world peace.

  32. bubbasmithguy says: Sep 30, 2012 10:28 PM

    I’m sure the refs will help you. They gave you the 2009 NFC Championship game and Super Bowl. So why stop there?

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