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Old 09-17-2012, 09:00 PM
 
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Your thoughts on the replacement refs are?

Watching this MNF game between Denver and Atlanta and looks like the refs are struggling a bit. I know there have been other instances over the first two weeks of mistakes and whatnot.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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the NFL isn't worth watching right now
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I don't mind the ineptitude, I think it adds another element to the game that the teams can't control. Just think of this as the human version of the pointy ends on the football. I just wish they could formulate a complete sentence occasionally.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:18 PM
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I was going to start a similar thread, but will just share my thoughts on this one. Full disclosure: I am a Broncos fan and write this just minutes after the Broncos loss to the Falcons in MNF.

The replacement refs are no worse than the regulars. They made some bad calls and some good. There were moments when I could swear that they were as blind as a bat on the dark side of the moon. There were moments when they reviewed the plays and made the right call. Seems like a few bad calls benefitted both teams at points in this game. Seemed to me that both teams got away with a few holds here and there. Seems to me that this is the case every week when the regular refs call the games.

I think these guys are just fine. Already I'm seeing fans blame refs for bad calls that result in a loss for their team. I watched a lot of different games this week and last and I cannot honestly say these guys are any worse than the regulars.

I will say that when teams begin to push and shove between plays, they need to assert themselves more. Start tossing players from games if they don't back off the ball fast enough. Assaunte Samuel bumped one of them. A regular would have tossed him from the game. That needs to start happening between plays. As for the plays themselves, the replacements are no worse than the regulars.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Horrible. I can't see how anyone thinks differently. They don't even know the rules. Don't know where to spot the ball. Completely killing the pace of the game.

Would the regular refs be perfect? No. Would they be better than these guys? Without a doubt.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:35 PM
 
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^^Agree. . .As bad as the regular refs are, these guys are worse, overall, it affects and hurts the game.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I see very little difference..this aint rocket science.. its not like the refs sitting at home have some secret formula that these new guys (and gals) will never understand.. The only advantage the refs sitting at home have is experience and that advantage is disappearing every week. I am on neither side of the fight between the refs and the league. I don't care either way who wins the fight.. I just want NFL football and to be honest, without these replacements, we wouldn't have it so kudos to them!!! If it were up to the regular REFs, we wouldn't be watching NFL right now.. keep that in mind when bashing the replacements.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:49 AM
 
Location: USA
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I was going to start a similar thread, but will just share my thoughts on this one. Full disclosure: I am a Broncos fan and write this just minutes after the Broncos loss to the Falcons in MNF.

The replacement refs are no worse than the regulars. They made some bad calls and some good. There were moments when I could swear that they were as blind as a bat on the dark side of the moon. There were moments when they reviewed the plays and made the right call. Seems like a few bad calls benefitted both teams at points in this game. Seemed to me that both teams got away with a few holds here and there. Seems to me that this is the case every week when the regular refs call the games.

I think these guys are just fine. Already I'm seeing fans blame refs for bad calls that result in a loss for their team. I watched a lot of different games this week and last and I cannot honestly say these guys are any worse than the regulars.

I will say that when teams begin to push and shove between plays, they need to assert themselves more. Start tossing players from games if they don't back off the ball fast enough. Assaunte Samuel bumped one of them. A regular would have tossed him from the game. That needs to start happening between plays. As for the plays themselves, the replacements are no worse than the regulars.
Enough said...this topic is blown out of proportion by the media. The fact is, better teams are winning games, crappy teams are losing games. Pats were an abberation though
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I thought during Week 1, they weren't bad. But Week 2 seemed to be a different story. It feels like the players are testing them now and trying to see what they can get away with. While the regular refs might not make better calls, at least they seem to have respect among the players and can keep control of the game. These refs seem to be losing control of many games now and get no respect from the players as the players know they are just replacements.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Horrible. I can't see how anyone thinks differently. They don't even know the rules. Don't know where to spot the ball. Completely killing the pace of the game.

Would the regular refs be perfect? No. Would they be better than these guys? Without a doubt.
Agree totally. At least the regulars were competent at most times and the game would substain a decent flow. With all the extended conferences to get calls straight, it makes game time go longer and ruins the flow.

PFT reported that the refs in St. Louis missed an obvious taunting call on Chris Long on the same play that Josh Morgan got his 15 yards. They said Long was warned once and then continued to do the taunt to the Redskins bench. That was really important since the penalties would have offset giving the Redskins a makeable FG.
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