The NFL’s replacement ref problem seems to be growing worse by the day, and recent comments made by Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy probably won’t alleviate anyone’s concerns. During an interview with 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano, McCoy offered this interesting tidbit regarding the folks who are supposed to be maintaining the integrity of tooball:
“They’re like fans, kind of though,” McCoy said (transcribed by Larry Brown Sports). “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?!”
Ahhh, what?! is in fact that appropriate response there. Even if the referee was trying to make a joke, he should’ve known that the time and place weren’t right. The fact that players don’t take these guys seriously is becoming increasingly obvious, and a comment like the one McCoy says was made to him doesn’t do much to enhance anyone’s credibility.
“During the game, they made like a bad call or something, the ref, and I see Ray Lewis like pump his chest up, trying to scare him,” McCoy added. “Don’t you know (the ref) started stuttering? I’m like ‘what’s this?!’”
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the referees and NFL are still “more than $50M apart in total salary and benefits.”
Translation: get used to the replacement refs, you’ll be seeing a lot of them over the next few weeks.
(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)