Thursday, September 27, 2012
Jets glad to have regular officials back
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan declined to comment on the end of the lockout, except to say his mind wasn't focused on the officiating situation, but his players and coaches offered their thoughts on the return of the regular officials.
RG Brandon Moore, member of the NFLPA executive committee: "I'm glad it got settled and I'm ready to move on. I'm done talking about the refs."
S LaRon Landry: "I don't really get involved in all the calls. They say the refs we had before changed the game a little, but now we've got our big dogs back, the real zebras."
LG Matt Slauson: "I'm glad it worked out. It doesn't surprise me at all that it happened this quickly (after the Monday night debacle). I think the powers-that-be noticed the importance of it."
CB Kyle Wilson: "It put a smile on my face. I won't say too much else, just happy they’re back.”
Special teams coach Mike Westhoff: "The one thing we will see this week ... I think you'll see stepped-up speed (of the games). The other guys, this was new to them and it took a little bit longer."
In case you're wondering, the Jets' first three games lasted a little longer than usual. The times were 3:18, 3:08 and 4:00 (overtime). In terms of penalties, they had no reason to complain about the replacements. The Jets were penalized 21 times for 205 yards, their opponents 27 for 206.