Re: NFL Officiating
I am not backing the replacement refs but there is this assumption that the real refs will get everything right. Which over the course of the past 25 years I have been watching NFL football is wrong. The regular NFL refs are prone to bad calls on a quarterly basis.
The problem I have with the current replacement refs aren't the calls, its the way they handle the calls. Its the not knowing of the ins and outs of the rules. Its the 10 second run off in the Bengals game, its the marking off of penalties wrong. In the NE Baltimore game the Ravens made a questionable FG that has been debated. Lets not forget the Browns game a few years back when the real refs made the wrong call when a game winning FG hit the crossbar and hopped over. The main complaint I have is the replacement refs are effecting the flow of the game. If the NFL keeps going down this path they need to get someone upstairs in the ear of the lead ref advising him on calls and the rules. It would haven't taken much for someone in a box to buzz the head ref in the Bengals game to say take 10 seconds off the clock.
As for the play last night it should have been an INT but I can't say with conviction that the regular refs would have made the call that way.