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Replacement ref: “There’s a lot more rules in the NFL”

Replacement official Hughes tries to hold back Bears defensive end Peppers from Rams linebacker McIntosh during the second half of their NFL football game at Soldier Field in Chicago Reuters

With the regular refs returning to the NFL and the replacement refs returning to their high school and small college officiating duties, some of the officials who worked as replacements are acknowledging that, while they did their best, they simply weren’t prepared for the job.

Jerry Hughes, one of the league’s replacement referees, told CBS News that the difference between the rule book he has when he works college games and the rule book the NFL gave him is like the difference between a pamphlet and a phone book.

There’s a lot more rules in the NFL,” Hughes said.

Hughes (who garnered attention for pronouncing “St. Louis” as “St. Louie” during a game) acknowledged being “a little sad” when the lockout ended, because he was enjoying himself in the NFL. And he said the criticism of the replacement refs didn’t get under his skin.

“It comes with the territory,” Hughes said. “It’s out of our control. We went out there, we did a good job, the game of football went on.”

And now, thankfully, the game of football is going on without the officials who didn’t have time to learn all the rules in the NFL.

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39 Responses to “Replacement ref: “There’s a lot more rules in the NFL””
  1. prosb4hos says: Oct 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    It was “out of their control” quite obviously.

  2. dmartin17 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    Which just goes to prove my point: Replacement officials would’ve worked but only if goodell & the NFL had properly prepared them before the lockout and didn’t throw them into the fire without proper training.

  3. skoobyfl says: Oct 2, 2012 10:36 AM

    This is why we needed the real Refs to work the games.

  4. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 2, 2012 10:37 AM

    The Redskins aren’t 4-0 because of the scab referees.

  5. dmartin17 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:38 AM

    And can we stop with all the displays of affection for the refs? It’s ridiculous. These guys aren’t that good at their own jobs as we got to see this weekend. I’m waiting for the all the posts that break down their mistakes…

  6. lucky5936 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:42 AM

    You know what else their is a lot more of in the NFL? SPEED! This further justifies the criticism the NFL received for locking out officials without properly prepare or training the replacement officials.

    These refs did not know all of the differences and rules. So then asking them to interpret rules they did not fully understand at the speed of an average NFL game was obviously too much.

    The important thing is though is we no longer have to worry about this as the lockout is over. So let’s move on and enjoy the rest of the season.

  7. sariff420 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    “And now, thankfully, the game of football is going on without the officials who didn’t have time to learn all the rules in the NFL.”

    who says they didn’t? As with any new person in a new job, mistakes will happen and there will be a learning curve. Not everyone comes into a new position and is perfect. Including you florio. Even the regular refs don’t know all the rules

  8. puresickness12 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    I’m sorry, but did he say “we did a good job”?

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 2, 2012 10:51 AM

    How many rules did they really learn besides illegal contact and a pitifully backwards idea of what “holding” means?

    They let offensive linemen drag pass rushers down by the neck. They let players punch and kick eachother and let defenders cut down quarterbacks at the knees. They let DBs tear the jerseys off receivers. They let a guy shove a defender to the ground, watch a ball get intercepted before putting his wrist on it to come away with a game winning touchdown.

    I don’t think it’s out of line to ask how many “RULES” did you think you learned, and where was this “good job” you mentioned?

  10. notrelated says: Oct 2, 2012 10:52 AM

    I wonder if the Scab refs would have called that ridiculous ticky tacky P.I on Nnamdi on 3rd down to keep the Giants in the game and setup an easy FG. What a joke. Thankfully some idiot decided to molest Nnamdi a play later to bring it back.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 2, 2012 10:53 AM

    Ridiculous. The first three games of the season should not count. There were so many bad calls and missed calls that there is no way to know who “actually” won a significant percentage of those games. I bet at least 2-3 games week could have easily gone the other way if the proper calls were being made.

  12. hialeahman1 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:54 AM

    The Redskins aren’t 1-3 because Greg Schiano knows nothing about clock management.

  13. contra74 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Those extra rules were actually instructions explaining how and when to secretly hand the game over to the Packers on any given Sunday.

  14. fresh1205 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:57 AM

    say what you want about the replacement refs, but it’s because they stepped in that we could start the season on time which was better than cancelling games due to a lockout. these guys were put on the spot and keep football going cause their bosses were intimidated by the NFL Official’s Union to step in their boss’ position. the real problem was Goodell and ownership

  15. somekat says: Oct 2, 2012 11:09 AM

    And now, thankfully, the game of football is going on without the officials who didn’t have time to learn all the rules in the NFL.

    Instead, it is going on with officials who ignore the rules (Why s offenive PI no longer a penalty?), call them different for different player (why does vick take shots to the head all game with no penalty, but guys can’t breathe on Brady wrong without a flag?), and playing their personal favorites.

    The ONLY difference in the officials this week, was how much bloggers like you, Mr Smith, cried about them. If anything, I found this weeks calls much worse than what went on last week. The biggest missed call the week before? A debatable hail mary, the biggest miss call this week? an obvious fumble, which after replay was upheld, or an obvious stop where Brady was a good yard and a half short….replay and they still give it to him.

    Refs in this league are a joke, and should be replaced

  16. richc111 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    You know what though the media gave for the most part the regular ref’s free passes. For the 1st 3 weeks every time there was a mistake they ran it up a pole. I have the ticket and I saw dozens of missed calls, some of them changing games. Example NY/Philly Pass interference, yea right. Hardly no outrage heard week 4. Where;s the hate now!

  17. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 2, 2012 11:13 AM

    Alright, stop beating up on these guys. It’s over.

  18. laeaglefan says: Oct 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    “The Redskins aren’t 4-0 because of the scab referees”

    No, that’s not it. They’re not 4-0 because they don’t have Rex Grossman starting anymore!

  19. bucs13 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:23 AM

    The main differences are speed and decisiveness. The replacement refs took longer and were less decisive.

    But let’s be honest- I watched the games this last week. Were there blown calls? You betcha! The only difference is that instead of lingering and carping over them, the announcers just breezed by them.

    Pro football’s a hard game to call. The story no one wants to cover is that the real refs aren’t that much better. But they are more legitimate. So, there’s that.

  20. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    contra74 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    “Those extra rules were actually instructions explaining how and when to secretly hand the game over to the Packers on any given Sunday.”

    You don’t need refs for that. The Vikings have been playing by those rules for nearly 3 years now.

  21. beerbaron says: Oct 2, 2012 11:30 AM

    The only people who liked the scab refs are delusional fans of awful teams. There was a chance the scabs could screw up in their team’s favor, or if they lost they had an easy scapegoat. Plus they get to maintain this delusion that the real refs play favorites and that’s why teams like New England and Green Bay are always successful (not because, you know, they have good players and coaches.)

    Those of us who actually root for contenders want the best officials on the field. There are always going to be missed calls, but you’re crazy if you didn’t notice an obvious difference this week — not just in the flags thrown but separating scuffles after the whistle, making calls quickly without huddling for five minutes.

    And Bills fans: you don’t get to cry about the refs when you lose by three touchdowns and let up 45 points in a half.

  22. baltomoron says: Oct 2, 2012 11:31 AM

    And the captain obvious award for the day goes to this guy

  23. joetoronto says: Oct 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    Hughes then went on to say “Wow, the ocean is a lot bigger than the lake.”

  24. Beneath The Tin Foil Hat says: Oct 2, 2012 11:34 AM

    No, the Redskins aren’t 4-0 because their defense is bad, and they couldn’t score more that 2 of the teams they played.

  25. scytherius says: Oct 2, 2012 11:40 AM

    Quite frankly, I admire those replacement refs. They did a Hell of a job given the situation. However, it’s like giving a 10 year old the keys to the car. They may do a Hell of a job driving, but you know it’s still gonna be a disaster.

    Anyway . . .a thank you to those replacement refs. Well done guys. And for the regular refs . . welcome back. I look forward to yelling at you through my TV screen. =)

  26. pickney1 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:44 AM

    Please for the sake of sanity, just go away. You are not helping yourself making these comments, it was already known the rules are different thats why you were a Replacement ref.

  27. cow395 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:48 AM

    I liked the replacement refs, I hate the old refs, they call pass interference and roughing the passer every play. Plus i got to see teams fight, what the hell was everyone complaining about?

    The replacement refs did fine for what little time they had to prepare

  28. 49erstim says: Oct 2, 2012 11:53 AM

    Are we STILL kicking this dead horse MDS? C’mon dude. The scabs may have been in over their head, but they kept the game of football on the TV screen. Where are the articles about that?…or about how poorly the regs performed this past weekend

  29. sj39 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    They may have caused my team to lose a game, maybe two but the regulars do it all the time too. In fact they have looked pretty amateur so far. I liked the replacements and their “let ‘em play” attitude. And being from St. Louis, hearing Hughes say “St. Louie” was pretty cool, like he was from the UK or Deep South or something. I also thought it was great when one of them called a penalty on the “Red” team. Good stuff.

  30. granadafan says: Oct 2, 2012 12:09 PM

    The owners and GODdell are to blame for throwing these guys into the fire without proper training and for trying to bully others by locking the refs out this year. The previous year, the owners locked out the players. The workers did NOT go on strike.

    That said, the media, and specifically PFT, needs to scrutinize the regular refs with the same ferocious tenacity they did with the replacement refs. Fair’s fair. The NFL also needs to hold the refs accountable and review their performance after so many games. the integrity of the game is at stake here.

  31. mgdsquiggy17 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:10 PM

    “And now, thankfully, the game of football is going on without the officials who didn’t have time to learn all the rules in the NFL.”

    I wish I could say thankfully we don’t have to hear anymore of your snarky little comments about how you were against the replacement refs from the beginning but I’m wrong. I do like how you can criticize the replacements to no end but if we dare point out mistakes in your reports comments get deleted instantly. Think skin much?

  32. mgdsquiggy17 says: Oct 2, 2012 12:13 PM

    “Are we STILL kicking this dead horse MDS? C’mon dude. The scabs may have been in over their head, but they kept the game of football on the TV screen. Where are the articles about that?…or about how poorly the regs performed this past weekend”

    OF COURSE!! Not 1 mention (let alone article) of the bad calls from the refs this weekend. Back to the tick tack pass interference calls from before. I think it pretty clearly shows that this site never gave them a chance from the beginning. Keep pretending though.

  33. smacklayer says: Oct 2, 2012 12:24 PM

    Still waiting for my daily report of all the mistakes the regular refs are making.

  34. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 2, 2012 12:55 PM

    Not sure about the rules but definitely a lot more ACCOUNTABILITY- and that’s where you ran into trouble.

  35. electstat says: Oct 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    Former player/coach announcers don’t know the rules either.

  36. kenstabler says: Oct 2, 2012 1:39 PM

    The reason the ref’s had such a hard time is that this is not football anymore. The changes that Rozelle and Godell have done to the game have ruined it. The college game is so much closer to the original game of football. New rules every year, crazy rules that really don’t make any sense, except for TV ratings and advertising. This will be flag football in 10 years if Godell stays in charge.

  37. electstat says: Oct 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    Let’s take a look at this “article.” There are eight sentences jammed into six paragraphs. Additionally, one sentence begins with the word And. Apparently someone didn’t have time to learn all the rules of grammar.

  38. somekat says: Oct 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    Not sure about the rules but definitely a lot more ACCOUNTABILITY- and that’s where you ran into trouble

    ____________________________

    Since you decided to capitolize accountability, I assume you are seeking a definition for it? Nothing done by regular union refs should include the word accountability. They have none

  39. jfinn5 says: Oct 2, 2012 3:46 PM

    Their was no reason scabs should be allowed to officiate a NFL game. Goodell should turn in his resignation today.

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