|Deion Branch on NFL officials: ‘Enough is enough’||09.27.12 at 10:07 am ET|
FOXBORO — One group of players around the NFL is particularly happy that the labor problems with the referees is over.
Wide receivers have a hard enough job of getting open for their quarterbacks and catching the ball in traffic. We all saw on Monday night just how hard they’re willing to fight for the ball.
But now, after the NFL and NFLRA came to an eight-year agreement, the receivers at least have the comfort of knowing that experienced NFL officials will be ruling on such matters as pass interference and completed passes.
“I think enough is enough,” Patriots receiver Deion Branch said just hours before the agreement was reached. “We just got to go out and play our game. We can’t worry about the refs.”
For Brandon Lloyd, his biggest concern wasn’t with the calls during the play but rather the extraneous activity afterward, that in some cases put a player’s health at risk.
“I think mainly just the missed calls and how long the extracurricular activity is allowed to go on before it’s interrupted and before any flags get thrown,” Lloyd said.
Many NFL players have complained that there was a significant drop-off in the quality of play. Lloyd didn’t necessarily agree.
“I wouldn’t say a decline, but like I said, there’s a lot of extracurricular activity and there’s a lot of plays and maybe call the blind spot that the more experienced referees would see,” he said. “I think that’s mainly the issue.”
Now, this weekend, we’ll see just how much better the regular officials see the game.
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