Thursday, August 30, 2012
Jennings 'can't wait' for officials' return
By Kevin Seifert
As you know, the NFL reversed course Thursday on a previously rejected change to injured reserve rules. That decision reminds us that many decisions fall short of final, even Wednesday's news that the league would use replacement officials in Week 1 of the regular season.
There's no reason the NFL and its regular officials can't get back to the bargaining table and reach an agreement in the next week or so. If they do, count Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings as one who will be thrilled.
Appearing Thursday on ESPN Radio , Jennings became the latest NFC North player to express concerns about replacement officials.
"You definitely have to draw some concerns from it," Jennings said. "Obviously they haven't been in this situation before. They haven't been on this level, and so there is going to be some setbacks. There are going to be some things that are going to take place that are going to prolong the game. Calls are going to be controversial all game.
"They're inexperienced. It's not their fault. They've been kind of thrown in this thing. But I can't wait until they come to terms with the 'A-team' because you want to see a good game. You want to see a game that's going to flow. And I think that because of the lack of experience, you're going to have some disruption in the game because of the calls that are made."
Related: Chicago Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould found replacement officials to be "clueless," while Minnesota Vikings punter said they were "horrible" in Week 3 of the preseason, and called the situation "embarrassing."