Originally Posted by Hillsdale87
There was an NFL employee upstairs who didn't correct them either, so it's not just the replacement refs who messed up. It was a bad mistake, but it happened with the regular refs in 2009 too, so it's not unique to the replacement officials. Personally, I think the whole issue was overblown and that the refs did really well outside of that moment in the Arizona game.
I agree, there's plenty of blame to go around and I'd love to hear how those discussions went but in the end it was the referee's call so he has to take the fall for it. If he thought the helmet counted as the ball, I'd can him for that too. Here there's no union to deal with so the NFL can handle this however they want. I'm thinking that they do not want the fans to to think that they're using refs that don't even know the NFL rulebook.