Chicago Bears: NFL referees lockout
September, 27, 2012
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould believes the return of regular referees after a prolonged lockout could result in a standing ovation for the men in stripes on Thursday night when they work their first game in Baltimore.
And while they agree it’s good news the referees are back, it does mean some Bears -- particularly along the offensive line -- will need to be on their best behavior going forward.
“We definitely could get away with more with (replacements) refs,” Gabe Carimi said Thursday.
The situation got so bad Brandon Marshall felt sorry for the rival Green Bay Packers after a controversial call went against them on Monday night and cost them a win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Marshall isn’t sure whether the return of the real referees will be good or bad for wide receivers.
September, 26, 2012
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears punter Adam Podlesh, who also serves as the team’s union representative, called the reported agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association “a relief for everybody,” but added the situation isn’t getting much traction from teammates in the club’s locker room.
“I think everybody wanted to get it done on both sides of the negotiations,” Podlesh said. “I have to assume they wanted to find some sort of agreement. Obviously, I’m not in the middle of all that. But I think them getting some sort of common ground, getting it finished, getting to work -- just like what happened with the players and owners a couple of years ago -- is the best thing for football.”
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