Get yourself a nice swallow of that morning beverage and brace yourselves!
This one has me laughing!
NFL.com and the NFL Network have obtained a copy of the NFL Officiating Department’s memo on how the replacement officials can improve things for Week 2.
Yes seriously! Let me share with you some bullet points from this gloriously funny memo!
Courtesy of NFL.com:
* When a defensive player crowds the [line of scrimmage] and jumps into the neutral zone at the snap, we expect that to be called.
* Throw flags in a quiet area. Do not throw flags at players.
* Get offensive tackles up on the [line of scrimmage]. Do this early in the game. Let the head coaches help with this by telling them you have warned the player.
* For a Coach’s Challenge to be initiated, the red flag must be on the ground, and flag must be seen by one of the seven on-field officials before the snap.
* “Remember: The expectation is for continuous improvement every week.”
It is completely unbelievable that these referees have to be told these things. That these are improvements that should be made. Many of these referee replacements had experience as football referee’s at the collegiate level. Yes, in most cases, that is one level below the NFL. Calls and rules are similar at the two levels.
It makes me wonder about the people selected as the replacements. What is going on? Are they being truthful about their experience level if these things have to be explained as something that must be improved upon.
When will this madness be over. We are entering the second week of the National Football League. It is TIME TO GET SERIOUS, NFL!!
Free Ed Hochuli now!
Miranda Remaklus is lead writer for Aerys Offsides. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.