Here’s Adam Schefter reporting that the NFL is sending the worst replacement refs to officiate minimally televised games, including Browns-Eagles


  1. […] Look out, Redskins fans.  If you look at the TV maps, your game will be seen by a very small portion of the country.  That means that if the NFL and the referees don’t resolve their dispute by Sunday, you guys are going to get the worst of the replacement officials. […]

  2. David_Does_Dallas says:

    How about them Cowboys.
    Lets see the post about how bad the Giants were and nothing positive about the Cowboys.

    1. Tommy K says:

      Did you really think either team played well?

      1. Keith Petres says:

        Refs played well, very well even. Was kind of rooting for an awful game on their part to bring the heat on the NFL.

      2. David_Does_Dallas says:

        Yes the cowboys played well.
        The penalties were infuriating, but overall the offense executed extremely well with a patchwork line against the BEST pass rush in the league.
        The defense looked outstanding. Only letting up a few big plays and making the Giants work for everything they got. Our new guys Carr, Claiborne, Carter (Newish) played solid football.
        As for the comment about Jimmy’s next post. Maybe my emotions got the better of me. As always I look forward to his writing.

        1. Taylor Gates says:

          In no way shape or form did the Giants look like the best pass rush in the league. JPP was the only DE who looked good. Tuck and Umenyiora both looked rather slow and didn’t provide much pressure. Giants are also killed on injuries at DT. The speed of the Giants is sometimes lining up 4 DE and throwing speed at your QB, the other night didn’t remind of the defense I saw in the playoffs last year.

  3. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    If the NFL can develop a deeper cadre of refs, with the replacements and the union refs combined, maybe the league will have the ability to weed out the crummy refs from both pools, and improve the overall quality of the reffing.
    The worst union ref is not better than the best replacement ref.

  4. Dave King says:

    Obviously it sucks, but what would you do in the same situation. They know they have decent refs and bad ones (I’m referring to both the normal and the replacement refs), and to minimize the public impact of bad calls, you’d want to send your best guys to the games the most people say. Makes sense as a business.

    From a sports perspective… you can’t really say anything, except wish there weren’t bad refs.

  5. Tyler D says:

    Seriuosly stupid move, but are you really all that shocked? Seems to me the NFL is cutting off it’s nose to spite it’s face.

  6. adamnb87 says:

    My dog has no balls (anymore)…

  7. NYG_slater says:

    well, it was as obvious as balls on a dog that this was going to happen….nevertheless its surprising a GM from a team told that to shefty….seems like GM/teams owner and the League office aren’t exactly on the same page here.

    well as it stands, the eagles brown game and others are gunna get some major publicity and critique….did they release who will be the officials for those games? Wouldn’t surprise me if the league made a few last minute changes

    1. deg0ey says:

      I could see an owner of one of the teams that’s about to get screwed maybe talking about it. This dispute probably all seemed like a good idea until it came to bite their team on the ass.

  8. ameero2 says:

    just saw the NFLN video on your other selections “where’s programming?” lol.

  9. Like the gaffes aren’t going to be on sportscenter anyway. Yea this needs to hurry up and get over with

  10. ATLEagle says:

    so is there a payoff going to the constant sports channels so they wont point out if a glaring penalty decides a game not in prime time? Its not as if there is no coverage of all the games and plays available. I can see that NFLN wont show the gaffes, but it will come out on sportscenter, and redzone will show a pile of crap live too .

  11. This whole thing’s a disgrace. This strategy in particular flabbergasts me. I understand the business savvy of it, but it’s of little consolation.

    1. The strategy of it makes sense, but only if they were able to keep it quiet. Now that it’s public it could be an absolute disaster for the NFL.

      1. I agree. There’s this strange friction between the correct thing to do as a sport and the correct thing to do as a business. It kinda becomes lose-lose now that people know what they’re doing.

      2. mjoedgaard says:

        I dont see the problem. Even among the normal refs, they “worst” get the games with lowest viewer ratings

        1. And you don’t see a problem with that? Essentially, a team from a bigger market deserves a fairer game?

          1. mjoedgaard says:

            The best refs will always get the biggest games. They do that in soccer all the time because of the intensity is much higher, so you need the best of the best for those games.

            1. A statement of fact does not equal a justification. The workings of the MLS do not give any veracity to a practice. Your second point is just absurd. You need the best officiating for all games. Further, the market share of a particular NFL team has little to do with the actual quality of that team as clearly evidenced by the Eagles, considered by many to be a NFC contender, playing in the game to get the worst refs.

              1. mjoedgaard says:

                In Soccer you wont get the best refs in a Man Utd vs QPR, (QPR is the PLs version of the Browns or Rams), but a top tier match like Man Utd vs Chelsea would equal a match between Cowboys and Giants

        2. They’re going as far as to take the head referee from one crew and putting him with a better crew for the Giants-Cowboys game, and then forming an ultra-sucky Mega-shit-crew for another game.

          1. The rational strategy would seem to be having a least one solid ref working every game so that he can actually lend some guidance and expedience to the crew and the officiating.

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