We all got to witness the replacement officials during their premiere at the Hall of Fame game that kicked off the 2012 football season. There’s also been a lot of hearsay. What calls were missed or what calls were bad?
During Wednesday’s practice Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke up about how he felt and what concerns he may have. He was also asked what happens if those replacement refs stay for the start of the regular season or what if it they were used all season long.
The Saint’s leader says his concerns aren’t even over calls that were missed or not called at all, he’s most worried about the “institutional knowledge” that the seasoned officials lose on.
Brees had this to say,
“I think it’s just the level of experience that the officials have. They all become so recognizable. We all have our official reports throughout the week and we know a lot of these crews, many have officiated our games many, many times.”
It does sound as though he is concerned. A bit worried. A bad call could possibly cost the game.
Brees ends with this statement,
“You just don’t have the same level of trust and confidence. There is always that possibility that it might cost us a game, but we are going to worry about things that we can control and that’s playing football and trying not to give them a reason to make it close.”