ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- The NFL put a ban on celebratory team dances in the end zone for fear it would ruin the integrity of the game. So why not put a ban on the replacement referees for the same fear?
It is almost becoming too entertaining to watch these guys struggle at their job. Yes, we get it. It is a hard job, but even the average NFL fan seems to know the rules better than these guys.
Example 1. A referee throws his hat where he thinks Dallas wide receiver Kevin Ogletree stepped out of bounds. Of course, Ogletree slips on the hat but he was not hurt during the incident.
Example 2. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was allowed to challenge a play after calling a timeout, the team’s third timeout in the second half. The 49ers won the challenge. The problem being that a team must have a timeout to initiate a challenge. If the team loses a challenge then they would lose a timeout, but the 49ers did not have one to spare.
Example 3. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty was walked off as a 20-yard penalty in the Bengals-Redskins game.
Example 4. The referee in the Bears-Rams game referred to St. Louis as “St. Louie.”
Example 5. Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked out on an illegal hit. The hit was not flagged. Heyward-Bey was taken to a local hospital after the play
Example 6. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was hit with a helmet-to-helmet blow also which knocked his helmet off and took a chunk of his ear with it. The play was flagged, but the player most likely should have been ejected. It was that ugly.
And I am not sure of the exact numbers, but it seems that the average NFL game is taken a long time to complete. A reason for that is the replacement referees have no idea what is going and usually have to huddle together to make the most simplest of calls.
The mistakes listed above are not the only mistakes the referees made, but just a quick collection of the ones that were not called correctly in Week 3.