It sounds like the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are close to finishing up a deal to bring back the real refs as early as this week. According to Chris Mortensen, the two sides went into negotiations late last night and an agreement in principle is at hand.
The mess that happened in the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game may have sparked the negotiations. We don’t need to see replacement referees deciding the outcome of games like they did on Monday Night. At least have the real refs blow the calls.
Chargers fans know too well about the real refs botching calls though. Ed Hochuli’s blown call on a Jay Cutler fumble still stands out to Chargers fans.
Even the real refs will blow some calls. But the real refs have more order and control of the game. They also know what the rules are. You cannot catch the ball, by catching the person that caught the ball. Some order will be restored.
If the NFL and NFL Referees Association want to reach an agreement before this weeks games, they will have to get it done by the end of today. The Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens play tomorrow night.
The issue of retirement plans still has not been solved, but we still got all day today to figure that out.
Stay tuned as there seems to be big news on the horizon.