Preseason mistakes may be piling up, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t sound concerned about the NFL’s replacement officials.
Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this morning that he doesn’t see replacements as a particular concern about winning or losing games, because he thinks that even if replacement officials do make mistakes, those mistakes will affect all teams equally. And he says that the regular officials make mistakes, too.
“As long as it’s consistent, then how it affects the games may not be as much,” Jones said. “The important people — the players, the coaches, the fans — they’ll all be there. The officials who are out there are going to make mistakes, but believe you me, the officials who would be there if we got this resolved would make mistakes.”
Jones is right, of course, that the regular officials make mistakes. But the problem comes when replacement officials make more mistakes, and mistakes that the regular officials wouldn’t make. It may take a replacement official’s mistake costing the Cowboys a game for Jones to take the lead among the owners in ending the officials’ lockout.