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Mike Pereira: three NFL replacement refs were fired from Pac-12

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The NFL? Not exactly our beat here at CFT. But, when applicable, we like to connect the collegiate dots regarding major issues in the world of football.

Last night’s “Toucherception” on Monday Night Football between the Packers and the Seahawks, which has officially become the climax on the replacement referee dumpster fire for those who follow the NFL, seems like an appropriate topic.

One day before Toucherception, the San Jose Mercury News published a piece featuring the thoughts of FOX officiating expert and former head of league officials, Mike Pereira (pictured, right), on the replacement officials. Pierera, as you may recall, was hired last year as the Pac-12′s interim coordinator of football officiating. Not one month into his stint with the conference, he fired (or, “did not to renew the contracts of“) 11 officials who worked conference games in 2010.

Per his interview with the Mercury News, Pereira said three Pac-12 officials let go for poor performance have found their way into the NFL as replacement officials.

Pereira said many are small-college officials while others are former major-college refs who have come out of retirement. He knows of one who only had high school experience, as well as three former Pac-12 Conference officials who had been let go for poor performance.

We’re not going to blast the replacement refs for last night’s blown calls because they’ve been asked to do a job greater than what they’re capable of doing. In fact, many are doing the best they can in a tough situation (when they’re not trying to score as many fantasy points as possible, that is).

This comes down to the league, which has been shameless. The NFL is far and away the most popular sport in America, and the league office knows that no one is turning off the TV because of replacement refs. Still, the NFL puts the best athletes on the field and is given the best coverage, so it deserves the best officiating possible. If some of these officials weren’t good enough for the college game, they sure as hell aren’t good enough for the NFL.

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19 Responses to “Mike Pereira: three NFL replacement refs were fired from Pac-12”
  1. superfbfan says: Sep 25, 2012 11:38 AM

    I seem to remember the old refs blowing calls too….that play in the end zone could have easily been blown by the locked out refs. One thing is for sure, these replacement refs cannot manage a game. It is sooo painful to watch.

  2. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 25, 2012 11:44 AM

    My understanding is the officials in the booth are not replacements. If this is correct then isn’t it possible they are making it worse by not over ruling the ref on the field. This maybe there way of supporting the officials that are locked out!

  3. mgmac says: Sep 25, 2012 12:02 PM

    @texasbornlsufan – did you not know the NFL rule for the “review” of the last play? The replay official can NOT over rule the posession of the bvall, only if iut was a catch/interception or no catch. The replay official is hand-tied by the rule. Jerry Austin clearly explained the rule last night

  4. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 25, 2012 12:08 PM

    @mgmac – No I didn’t know that and thanks for clearing that up, but my concern is there have been several calls that look very obvious that were not overturned by the booth official in the last few weeks.

  5. shavager says: Sep 25, 2012 12:28 PM

    Problem is, this was NOT a “simultaneous” possession. Packers’ M.D. Jennings clearly caught the ball with BOTH hands, cradled ball to chest while Seahawks’ Tate FIRST grabbed Jennings right forearm with his right had, released the arm to reach around to grab ball after Jennings came down with ball–it’s a CLEAR interception, game over. Tate shoved GB’s Sam Shields from behind knocking him to ground right in front of ref who called the TD–IF he couldn’t see clear offensive penalty, why think he saw the clear INT? Offensive penalty called-game’s over, refs consult with sideline replay and upstairs replay booth and INT is confirmed, game over. Blown call and NFL needs to address this call IMMEDIATELY. Referee and player’s unions want to control game over owners and league, time to put the game first, not refs, players pockets. Pensions for part-time refs are ridiculous, sign the contract and get on with REAL games.

  6. drasarp says: Sep 25, 2012 12:41 PM

    RE: “…the league knows that no one is turning off the TV because of the replacemen refs.”

    Not so! I, for one, have decided to boycott NFL football until the regular officials are back. I refuse to be a party to Goodell’s sham. A sham that says the League is offering legitimate NFL games when it is, in fact, showing uncontrolled scuffles overseen by inept officials.

    Goodell and the owners are defrauding the fans with their sham, in my opinion, and laughing all the way to the bank. And, the fans are outrage that they are being swindled of their right to see properly and fairly officiated games.

    Well, I can’t change Goodell’s and the owner’s con, but I sure can choose to keep out of it. No more NFL for me! Until the regular officials return to the field, I’m taking in legit entertainment; i.e. like a good movie. And I bet I sleep a whole lot better and feel a whole lot better than the poor fans who are allowing themselves to be victimized.

  7. just4given says: Sep 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    shavager – you are so right. A touchdown is the ONLY thing that play WAS NOT. Visual evidence aplenty for any official in proper position at game speed to make the correct call. It was either offensive interference or an interception.

    This simultaneous possession being a non-reviewable component is nonsense. If every scoring play is reviewed in the booth – EVERY element of that play should be subject to review with the obvious exception of penalty or lack thereof. Possession is key on any scoring play. Tate did not have possession until somewhere during the battle that ensued on the ground after the play was over.

  8. Deb says: Sep 25, 2012 2:14 PM

    To give this a college dimension, the play last night was similar to the dramatic play in last year’s regular-season meeting between Alabama and LSU. Alabama’s QB threw what appeared to be a TD strike, but LSU safety Eric Reid wrested the ball from the Bama receiver and came down with possession. I’m a Bama fan, but had the good sense to understand that–while joint possession belongs to the offense–if the receiver loses contact with the ball and the DB does not before they hit the ground, it is not a joint possession.

    Reid never lost his grip on that ball; our receiver did. Although many Bama fans complained about the call, it was an interception–one that ensured the victory for LSU.

    Jennings intercepted that ball last night. Tate merely got a hand on it and clearly lost contact at one point. If Deb sitting at home in her living room knew watching LIVE, without having to see a replay, that was a clear interception, then ANYONE being paid to officiate that game should have known. And just as I was rooting for Bama in the other game, I was rooting for the Seahawks last night. But it is what it is.

    I also understand the limitations of the replay official. But if he can’t overturn a travesty like that, what good is it having each scoring play reviewed?

  9. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 25, 2012 2:45 PM

    Very well said Deb!!!!!

  10. just4given says: Sep 25, 2012 2:56 PM

    Funny that the league chimed in and said that dual possession was subject to review on in hte end zone, yet still defended the decision not to overturn the ruling on the field. They were able to tap dance around that by admitting the blown pass interference call that altered the outcome of the game. Bravo NFL!

  11. florida727 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:31 PM

    I’d primarily hold the NFL responsible. I admittedly haven’t been following the negotiations with the refs closely, but if the dispute is over money, then the NFL is even more at fault… they’re making billions and they can’t throw a bone to the officials?

    Secondarily, I do hold the replacement refs at least somewhat accountable. Sure, everyone wants a “promotion” at work, but if you’re clearly unable to keep up with the speed of the game, get out. At one point, EARLY in the game, each team had 6 penalties for roughly 50+ yards each. Nobody goes to the stadium, or watches on TV, to see how far a ref can throw his yellow laundry. They watch/go to see the PLAYERS. I think some of these replacement refs err on the side of calling a penalty out of fear of NOT making a correct call.

    Bottom line: NFL, do your freaking job and get the regular/QUALIFIED refs back to work before you tarnish the game even further.

  12. lew24 says: Sep 25, 2012 3:39 PM

    @mgmac…the play can be reviewed. Normally it cannot but because the play was in the end zone and can be reviewed. He is the statement from the NFL below.

    “Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.”

  13. killcasualfan says: Sep 25, 2012 4:06 PM

    Wow, who says that lightning can’t strike twice. Are these the same Pac12 refs who historically robbed Oklahoma @ Oregon in 2006 when they ruled Oregon recovered an onside kick when the Oklahoma player clearly had the ball away from the pile, etc. They served their one game suspension back then, looks like they are back at it.

  14. Deb says: Sep 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    @florida727 …

    It’s rare for me to agree with the league on labor issues, but I do support them on some of the operational sticking points. The quality of officiating has diminished significantly in the last eight or more years. The league has had the ability to make improvements but lacked the will. Finally, it seems, they’ve decided to act on the growing fan resentment and implement suggestions such as:

    * phasing out older refs for younger men who can better keep up with the action.
    * shifting to full-time refs, which will allow for better training in the league’s complex rules and for crews to train together. Currently the NFL is the only major U.S. sports league not to have full-time officials.
    * adding officials to the crews, or adding reserve officials.
    * benching officials a week or so as a punishment for poor performance.

    All these operational changes are desperately needed, but the officiating union is not receptive. Other issues holding up the talks involve salaries and pensions. The league is now indicating a willingness to give on these issues but not the operational changes.

    I still hold the league responsible for allowing the situation to impact the season. The owners have never considered the officials to be terribly important and didn’t mind locking them out rather than negotiating in earnest before the season. Now it’s a matter of how long it will take to hammer out all these issues and get the refs back on the field.

  15. floridacock says: Sep 25, 2012 5:31 PM

    Actually some of the most exciting games in years happened this past weekend. I would like to see the pro refs work things out, but at least these replacements are letting them play some exciting ball…….. thumbs down

  16. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 25, 2012 7:27 PM

    Seahawks fan for life. This was one of the greatest games in a long time, up until the last 10 minutes and then it went into a comedy of bad calls. Neither team should have had their last scoring drives, let alone TDs called. Should have never got to that last play and really should have gone down Seahawks win 7 – 6.

  17. namriverrat69 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:01 AM

    Still, the NFL puts the best athletes on the field

    That is almost true. Lacrosse puts the best field athletes on the field. Jim Brown is still considered the greatest collegiate lacrosse player of all time. He played over 60 years ago. When I read his biography in high school while he was in his prime in the NFL, it said he was a better lacrosse player than football player.

    The best athletes are NHL players period. They play tougher, more intense and, with the exceptions of concussions, are the hardest playing athletes who play with the most physical demands of all 4 major sports.

  18. florida727 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:35 AM

    With all due respect “namriver”, every sport can make its argument as having the “best athletes”, just as every controverting opinion can refute such claims. Here’s what I mean, by sport…

    BASEBALL
    Argument for best athletes: you try taking a round ball and a round bat, and hit it squarely
    Argument against: John Kruk :) ever see the ‘body’ on that guy?

    FOOTBALL
    For: physical demands, hardest hitting
    Against: they play in 6-second bursts, 80%+ of clock time is “non-action”

    HOCKEY
    For: try doing what they do… ON SKATES
    Against: like football, short (relatively speaking) burst, :30 to 1:00 bursts, then on the bench for 2+ minutes (except defensemen)

    BASKETBALL
    For: called “ballet in short pants”
    Against: heck, even I still play on weekends

    GOLF
    For: less than 1% of amateur players can legitimately break 100
    Against: John Daly (see BASEBALL ‘Against’ argument) and/or virtually anyone CAN play and enjoy it

    TENNIS
    For: fitness, reaction/coordination at the net
    Against: 80 year olds play at the park by my house WITHOUT RUNNING

    You get the idea…

    BTW, argument against lacrosse having the best athletes: when the best player in its history played SIXTY FREAKING YEARS AGO, you’re NOT putting the “best” athletes on the field, because if you did, guys like Michael Jordan, Bruce Jenner, Alex Rodriguez, Walter Payton, Wayne Gretzky and Roger Federer would all be alums of Johns Hopkins!

  19. hawker1 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:05 PM

    I read where some were fired from the Lingerie Football League as well. I can see how there would be more distractions there but, c’mon!

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