The job the replacement officials are doing for the NFL is certainly not going unnoticed by the fans, media, and now the players. The NFL and its referees are currently locked in a battle over a new collective bargaining agreement, and the league has been forced to put replacementts on the field. The negotiations have now spilled over into the regular season, with the replacements calling games that count in the standings.
The thing about it is they’re doing the best they can, but you definitely notice a difference between them and the regular officials. I’ve witnessed some things where they’ve just taken such a long time to make calls, or some of the reviews they make, or just some of the spotting of the football. You’re just like, ‘Really?’ So there’s definitely some head scratching that’s going on, but in fairness to them they’re doing the best they can.
A calm and rational assessment from the veteran linebacker set to begin his 15th year in the league. It remains to be seen how many players show the same empathy, and how long the patience will last.