I have made my view clear week after week on the replacement officials. They are terrible. No questions asked, they are not qualified to officiate in the NFL. It is a point of frustration for fans, players and coaches around the league. As dissatisfied as I am with the officials, it is time to direct anger in the appropriate places.
Coaches and players have shown with their actions on and off the field that they are frustrated with the officials. In week two of the season, Denver Broncos head coach and defensive coordinator were verbally abusive toward the officials. John Fox was fined $30,000 and Jack Del Rio was fined $25,000. Recently, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grabbed an official following the team's last second loss against the Raves.
Players have also shown displeasure through the best forum to share emotions..... twitter. Patriots linebacker, Brandon Spikes, said on twitter, "Can someone please tell these fucking zebras foot locker called and they're needed Back at work !!!! #BreakingPoint."
Announcers have also got involved. During the Sunday night game, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels referred to the officials control of the game as "ridiculous."
All the complaints are valid. The officials are terrible. The problem with all the complaining is that it is directed at the officials. It is not the officials fault that they are not qualified. They should not be allowed to officiate. The complains should be directed toward the NFL and the NFL Referees Association. It is not fair to blame the officials for poor officiating when they should not be there in the first place.
I agree it is necessary to preserve the integrity of the league with proper officiating. The replacement officials are not purposely trying to get calls wrong, they just are not qualified. Hopefully the anger seen by everyone who has an interest in NFL football can be properly directed. It is becoming unfair to continually blame officials for their lack of competence officiating games.