Bill Belichick voices disapproval with NFL replacement referees

Bill Belichick makes his voice heard about replacement referees

8/11/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Aug 9, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks to the officials from the sideline as they take on the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIREThe NFL and their referees are having a labor dispute, so the first few preseason games have been played with replacement refs instead of the usual ones.

There have been a few questionable (AKA terrible) calls and no-calls in the games, and many folks aren't satisfied with the quality of officiating thus far.

Unfortunately for NFL players, coaches and font office personnel, the league has issued a strict statement saying that they can't publicly criticize the officiating, no matter how bad it gets.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick found a way around it by telling reporters to ask former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira.

"I think Mike Pereira has made his comments on the officials. I don’t know who knows more about NFL officiating than Mike Pereira, so we’ll leave it to him. I’m just trying to coach our team and get our team better. I’m not worried about what everybody else is doing; it’s not my job."

Pereira has been pretty vocal speaking against the replacement refs, saying that they'll compromise the integrity of the game. By association, Belichick is clearly saying that he agrees.

Do you think the replacement referees have negatively affected the games so far?
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