Fans of the NFL were the winners late Wednesday night when the NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed to terms on a new eight-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The official officials will be in action Thursday night when the Ravens host the Browns.
The "straw that broke the camel's back," as defensive end
The outrage over the result caused an eruption on social media and it led to fans flooding the NFL offices with thousands of voicemails in protest. The Eagles did not have a bad or missed call that hurt them like the one that hurt the Packers, but the momentum of their games were disrupted by delays in coming up with the right call or figuring out where the ball was supposed to be spotted after a penalty.
"They were put in an awful position to try and come in and do that extremely well, as good a job as these guys have been doing for years," center
With the replacement referees, players tried to push the envelope to see how much they could get away with. Defensive end
"It's going to be very different," Cole said. "Calls that were sliding are going to be called. There are going to be a lot of calls and it will probably be a long game. Guys are going to have to buckle up now."
As a defensive guy, Cole enjoyed that the replacement referees "let us play."
"You have to take advantage of everything," he said. "It's a game. If you get caught cheating at least you were trying."
"You try not to think about it, but there's always that possibility that they might miss a call or you might be hung out to dry," Harbor said. "They might not penalize something that could affect the health of the players. It's great to have them back. We know we've got the best referees in professional sports back now."
Fans will still likely argue over calls during the game. At least they know it's ones made by the real officials.
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