NFL Players Need to Shut Up About Replacement Refs or Do Something About It

September 19, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL's replacement referees suck, but the players need to keep their mouths shut unless they want to actually do something about it. Until then, complaining about the officials just looks like an excuse for poor play.
Everyone who has been watching NFL games through the first two weeks can see that the rookie refs are rough around the edges. Calls have been missed almost as often as they've been seemingly pulled out of thin air. Games have spun out of control, as players refuse to respect their "substitute teachers." Defensive players have, at times, looked like superstars as penalties went uncalled.
Monday Night Football featured the worst of the replacement refs, and did so in front of a national audience. The only guy who had a worse night than Peyton Manning had to be Roger Goodell, who (at least deep down) needs to admit that the ineptitude of the replacements has tarnished the NFL's product.
If the NFL were a factory, firing the replacement refs is akin to ...

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