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The Replacement Ref’s Had an ok First Week. The Last Two Weeks…That’s an Entirely Different Story

A number of NFL Fans, Players, and Coaches were terrified that if the replacement ref’s were making all the big decisions on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday that eventually we’d have a number of problems and a team would be costed in the end. A number of people (including me) felt that both sides would eventually come to an agreement in the end and settle just before midnight struck.

It didn’t happen.

So when Week 1 rolled around, fans around the NFL landscape were nervous and worried that these ref’s would miss a number of significant calls, leading to complete chaos and second-guessing from the public. However, after the first weekend of Football, fans and players were surprised that the replacement referee’s did an average job on the NFL’s opening weekend.

So after an average first weekend, the NFL Public was anticipating another average outing. Once again… it didn’t happen. During Week 2 of the 2012 NFL Season, the replacement ref’s reassured football followers why the NFL needs to bring back their former referee’s with a number of the calls made during that week. If that wasn’t enough, unfortunately it seemed that during Week 3 the calls were as bad if not worse.

In addition to making a number of questionable calls (as shown in this link), the replacement referees have made a number of additional pass interference calls during the first two weeks of the season. Since the start of the season, the replacement ref’s have called 43 Pass-Interference penalties (through the first 2 weeks), while the regular referees on the other called an average of 24 Pass Interference calls over the past 3 years during the same amount of time. Not surprisingly, because of the additional Pass-Interference penalties being called, the scoring has been higher around the league.

So do I see this coming to an end soon?

Unfortunately, no. Earlier in the week, the NFL came out with a report that said the NFL has already planned to use replacement ref’s until at-least Week 5 of the NFL season. Because of this, I feel we won’t see the regular officials unless the officials agree to something close to what the NFL is offering. As football fans, I feel there’s still a chance that the usual ref’s will return before the end of the season and the Playoff game and fortunately for all, if the original referees do decide to return, they won’t have to get into “game shape” like a player would if they were missing their season.

The NFL attempted to make a point with the previous NFL referees but the current ref’s are changing the game and forcing fans, players, and coaches to discuss the calls being missed on the field instead of the game itself. Being a NFL Referee is a challenging job and if the NFL wanted to avoid the bad PR (as currently being shown in the NHL…that article’s on deck and also has me disgusted) they’d settle with the former ref’s so everyone around the NFL could concentrate on the in-game strategies between the offense and defense and not the calls being made on the field 24/7.

I completely respect the current replacement referee’s around the NFL as the majority of them have done as best a job as they can but in the end I don’t want to be watching the Super Bowl thinking “what could of been” had the correct call been made.

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Bears fans…don’t panic this team will be fine:

The Chicago Bears had a slight hiccup Thursday night at Lambeau Field losing 23-10 while looking completely out of sync. In addition to losing the game, it was the first time in a number of years that members of the team were publicly questioning others on the team. As bad as it looked a few days ago (both on and off the field), I still feel this Bears team has the potential to be a very strong team for a couple number of reasons:

1. The offense is going to take some time: Every Bears fan loved what they saw from the new look Bears offense in week 1 against the Colts, and couldn’t keep their eyes open as Cutler and the rest of the Bears offense was taken apart. With that said, all great things take time and in the end can be great once their perfected. One example of this was shown during the 2007 season when the New York Giants started off with a record of 0-2 and gave up and average of 40 points. Following those two loss, the Giants held off the Redskins during a crucial week 3 game in Washington and won the game 24-17 and won 14 of their last 18 games including defeating the two teams that beat them in the first 2 weeks of the season (Dallas and Green Bay) in their respective stadiums. So how does this relate to the Bears situation…the 2007 Giants had a new Defensive Coordinator in 2007 (Steve Spagnuolo) who after their first two games transformed them into one of the best defenses in the NFL.  The 2007 Giants show me that if the Bears continue to try and perfect their offense, then they’ll be fine in the end.

Bears vs. Colts at Soldier Field

2. The offensive line got off to a bad start during the 2011: The Bears started off the 2012 season 2-3 and the offensive line looked like it was a complete mess. However, following a Monday night loss in Detroit to the Lions, the Bears were able to recreate their line and become a much more productive line as they won the next 5 games and looked like the “sleeper team” entering the last quarter of the season. Is this ever going to be a dominant offensive line…no, but do I feel they can get back to where they were playing last year when they won 5 straight games…absolutely.

3. The Defense is getting old but has proven they can contain elite offensives: There weren’t a lot of positives taken from Thursday’s loss in Green Bay but one positive from the game was that the Bears defense only allowed 16 points to arguably the best defense in the entire league. If the Bears can hold Aaron Rodgers to 16 points while forcing him into throwing a interception (something he only did 6 times last year) then it shows you still feature a productive defense. If the Bears defense is able to stay healthy and play like they did last week, then this can still be considered one of the elite defenses in the NFL.

4. The Special Teams will get back to their usual level of play this week: Surprisingly, the Bears Special Teams have been very average this year with not featuring any long return in addition to allowing a fake Field Goal that resulted in a Touchdown. In my opinion, I don’t feel the Bears will allow for a fake Field Goal to occur in the near future or the rest of the year. As for the Bears returns, I feel this is something they need to improve on as if they can produce a few long returns or “take one to the house” then the offense won’t have to start from within their 20 every time and will once again have a shorter field to play with.

In the end, I feel Thursday night was an aberration and not a trend, however, at the same time I’m not sure the Bears offense can reciprocate what they accomplished during the first week of the NFL Season.  In the end, I still feel the Bears will be a playoff team and will have somewhere between 9-11 wins when its all said and done.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Football, NFL, Sports

 

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Ryan Sandberg’s Birthday

Today’s Hall-of-Famer Ryan Sandberg’s birthday. Celebrate Ryan’s birthday by picking up your favorite Sandberg merchandise at one of Clark Street Sports stores or online (http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1)

Ryne Sandberg Tee-Shirt

 

 

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Bears @ Packers Tonight

Bears @ Packers in less than 6 Hours. Bears fans, remember to pick up all your favorite merchandise at one of Clark Street Sports stores throughout the Chicagoland Area before tonights game.

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Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers: ”House Divided” 3’x5’ Banner Flag:  
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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler 14” Bleacher Creature Plush Doll: http://www.clarkstreetsports.com/Chicago-Bears-Jay-Cutler-14-Bleacher-Creature-Plush-Doll.html
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Chicago Bears Women’s Navy V-Neck Tee with “Da Bears” and Small “C” Logo:
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Bears vs. Packers

Tomorrow Night, the oldest NFL Rivalry: Bears @ Packers. The Bears lead the all time series 92–86–6.

 

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Football, NFL, Sports

 

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