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The replacement officials were appalling in Week 2. It is getting to the point of being ridiculous. Just take a look at the Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons if you think we're kidding.
There were so many incorrect calls in the 16 games in Week 2 that we cannot list them all. Instead, we’ll take a look at the bigger problem with these replacement officials.
The replacement officials are beginning to affect player safety and the integrity of the game. They have next to no control in some of these games as players continue to push and shove way past the whistle with no respect for the officials. Never have there been more scuffles after plays than in the past two weeks without fear of unnecessary roughness penalties being called.
Defensive players are starting to push the limits of the rules, trying to see what they can get away with by pushing and holding receivers downfield. Meanwhile, offensive players are trying to disguise their holds of the defense.
There were several calls where player safety was a concern. One involved a hit by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn on Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis. Head coach Mike Shanahan felt a penalty should have been called on the play, via the Washington Post.
As well, Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas quoted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as saying that he expected Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate to be fined for his blindside hit on linebacker Sean Lee.
Neither of those hits were penalized during the game, and if the NFL fines Quinn and Tate, it would only be admitting on-field mistakes by replacement officials. If the league wants to be taken seriously when it talks about “player safety” and the “integrity” of the game, it needs to resolve its issues with the NFLRA sooner rather than later.