We are in week three of the replacement referee experiment and the reviews have been mixed. There have been some miscues and we found out that some of the referees have less than stellar backgrounds, but it certainly hasn’t been a disaster. And that may be why NFL vice president of operations Ray Allen says that the NFL has no qualms about continuing to use the replacement referees.
Allen, who oversees the NFL’s officiating department, told Bob Glauber of Newsday that he expects the replacement referees to be on the field for the start of the regular season.
“I would anticipate that it would go into the regular season, unless the parties get back to the table in a hurry,” Anderson said. “And frankly, I don’t see either of us stepping forward and making that move.
“We feel we have been aggressively fair in our offer on the economic and non-economic issues, and they don’t. Until that bridge is narrowed or shortened some, and I don’t know when that time might come, I’m focused on getting the current officials ready for Week 3 and Week 4 .”
This certainly can’t be music to the player’s ears. Especially when you have players saying things like this about the replacement referees:
“We were all laughing on the sidelines at how clueless they were.”