We said it before and we’ll say it again: The replacement refs need to go. They are making a mess of things and there is going to be someone who gets hurt before it all ends.
Like Alex Smith getting drilled by a Lions linebacker after he goes into a slide. Or London Fletcher getting the business while on the ground. Or anyone of a number of players taking advantage of officials not looking for illegal contact. The NFLPA should be getting in on this, as its their members paying the price for the league’s unwillingness to settle.
Integrity of the game? One of the replacements was a Saints fan, ready to officiate a Saints-Panthers game! The league didn’t know this until the second week of the season? Are you kidding me?
End the charade now, NFL and admit defeat. The reason the regular officials are The Officials is, they are the best. Even though they aren’t good, they can end some of the even more brutal behavior than is normal for the NFL.