Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the replacement officials being used by the NFL seem to be having a hard time commanding the respect of the players and coaches during games. Based on the poor officiating in Week 2 and this revelation by Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, that dynamic doesn't figure to change any time soon.
In an interview with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on the 94WIP Player’s Lounge on Monday, McCoy claimed that a replacement referee acted more like a fan than an official.
"They’re like fans, kind of though," McCoy said, via CBS Philly. "I'll be honest, they're like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like 'McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,' ahhh, what?!"
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There was a referee controversy even before the majority of Week 2 games got underway on Sunday. The NFL removed side judge Brian Stropolo from the Saints-Panthers game after discovering that he is a Saints fan. According to the Associated Press, Stropolo posted several photos of himself in Saints gear tailgating at a preseason game on his Facebook page, which has since been taken down.
The replacement officials' performance went from bad to worse when the Falcons and Broncos took the field for "Monday Night Football." The first quarter alone took a full hour and the refs looked overwhelmed and unable to institute any control over the game.
Of course, it must be hard to calculate fantasy points and keep track of down and distance at the same time.