How big of a deal will it be to have replacement referees for a few games?

It’s sounding more and more likely that the NFL will have to use replacement referees for the first few weeks of the regular season, as the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are continuing to fail to make progress toward a new deal.

How bad will this be?  Big deal, small deal, or no problem at all?


  1. This will be a HUGE deal. The regular “part-time” referees have made some questionable calls in the past themselves. Now we have Division 2/3 referees who do not understand what a touchback means. Also I have seen some VERY poor pass interference calls. All of this MUST be rectified before the season starts.

  2. James L. Kruschwitz says

    I have been watching all of the comments and all of the remarks made by officials and fans. First of all, if you are a fan complaining, put the stripped shirt on and see how hard it is. If you have not been on the field, then shut up. Thses officials are doing the best they can under the circumstances. If the replacement officials have to be used for the year, the only ones you can blame are the NFL and the regular officials. They are the ones that can’t get together. Whether you like the replacement officials or not, the games are going to go on. Support them as much as possible and each week they will get better. You didn’t learn to run first, you had to learn to crawl, then walk. They are now in the walk stage. Just maybe if there was more support, it just might help their confidence level, but since most you don’t know officiating, you only see what you want to see. If you want to complain, do it to the leage and the officials, not the ones who are trying to give you the NFL games. Get off their bACK.

  3. James L. Kruschwitz says

    I am back
    Another week in the NFL with the replacement officials. They are still making errors, but it is getting less. You all have to remember that these men are good officials and this NFL for them is a learning process. I saw in the paper that some young NFL 1st year kicker was complaining about the officials. He needs to pay atteention to his kicking and let the people who know what officials do take care of the problems. Gentlemen, I think you are doing a good job and if you were not working thse games, these fans would not have games to go to, drink beer and have a good time and of course complain. Come on folks, get off the band wagon, quite complaining and watch some football. You can’t complain about the rules if you do not know them and most fans don’t know the rules. I happen to know the rules because I taught them.

    James Kruschwitz

  4. One thing to remember, this is preseason. The intensity is not as much as a regular season game. Plus, the first-stringers are out for less than a half. The remaining third- and fourth-stringers that are being evaluated are, on average, top-level Division I. Once the regular season begins, the speed is going to increase. Some of the replacements are being outhussled already.

    But, to answer your question, it will be a big deal when the outcome of a regular-season game is affected, or if the number of injuries increase.

  5. James L. Kruschwitz says

    If you go back to last year and watch the pre-season you will see the officials not going at full pace either. This is the time, no matter who the officials are, they are re-tuning thie skills. The skills for these officials are there ansd will be much better if they go in to the regular season. Look at the whole picture, if the regular officials are not going to get their contract taken care of, these officials will be doing the games and I think people are over reacting to the speed increasing that much. But this is the way it is, so get on the positive side and back them or you won’t have any football to complain about or go to you favorite hangout to watch the game. Since you probaly don’t know the rules, you might want to back off.

  6. James L. Kruschwitz says

    Well, well, how about the Wednesday night game. Officials did a super job and you were all worried that the pace would be faster. Well, you were wrong. The officials really came to the top and did what they were to do. A few minor mistakes, but no more the the old officials would do. So let’s let them do their job and you watch the game, drink you beer and eat your pizza and leave the officials alone. It’s really hard when you can’t complain about something, isn’t it. WOW, men keep up the good job

    • Yes, the NFL put together an All-Star replacement crew for the nationally televised game and they did a respectable job. Nearly as good as the regulars would have done.

      It remains to be seen how the lesser crews on Sunday afternoon fare.

      • I am not sure if that was necessarily an “All Star” Crew as that crew worked together Weeks 2, 3, and 4 of the Preseason (albeit with Jim Winterberg as the Referee not Jim Core). That was the one fault I had with the Preseason assignments – most crews had subs so they could not get into any rhythm with each other. I understand that the league probably wanted to evaluate which officials will not work on the field during the regular season (the number of officials does not divide evenly into 16, 17, 18, or 19 crews so some will be left off), but as you can tell from this game that that experience together cannot be overlooked

  7. I am a female fan that enjoys watching football. However, I don’t enjoy it when I can see missed calls, incorrect calls and wrong player’s held accountable; and in addition coaches telling the Ref’s what the call needs to be. What bothers me is that its OK that Non-Professionals are working a Professional game. Player’s safety concern is a joke! Roger and the Owner’s certainly have other interests at heart…. I wonder what that could be other than cold hearted profit at all costs.
    I am a season ticket holder and have decided to stay home and watch on TV to boycott the decision made by the NFL.

  8. So, just wondering your thoughts now as to how big a deal it will be. 😉 I am done with football until the first string refs are back.

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