With everybody giving their thoughts on the replacement officials and how they’re impacting the game, New Orleans Saints quarterback gave a prophetic comment before the controversy on Monday Night Football and also after.
Brees told ESPN Radio just hours before the game:
“There’s definitely a lack of confidence in what’s going to get called and what’s not going to get called. You know, they’re just not prepared to be in this situation. The game is so fast, and the level that all of them were at and now are at — it just doesn’t even compare. You know, I think it’s getting to a point where it’s pretty horrendous and it’s an embarrassment to the league and the way it’s being conducted.”
While the NFL sent out a letter to all 32 NFL teams last week to warn about the penalties of being abusive to the replacement officials as well as the given rule of not questioning calls by the officials in the media, Brees and others have begun to voice their concerns.
Following the game last night Brees posted this on his Twitter account:
“I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s debacle hurts me greatly. This is NOT the league we’re supposed to represent.”
Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang also voiced his thoughts on his Twitter account following his team’s loss on the controversial call:
“Got (expletive) by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl”
“(Expletive) it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”
“Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.”
If there was only one word you could use to describe the replacement officials and their understanding of the NFL rules, then Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has it with his response of “awful”.