Replacement refs will get better

The replacement officials were far from perfect, but they performed well enough for the public to feel like the game could move on with the backups if they have too.

Week 3 assignments come out early this week and the more work the replacements get the better they are going to be. It's time for the league officials to get a deal done or lose any leverage they thought they had heading into this negotiation.


Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
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