Judging by the players and coaches who’ve publicly gone on record, the general consensus surrounding the NFL’s replacement officials has become pretty clear.
If, for whatever reason, you’re still searching for some clarity, look no further.
In a recent Sporting News poll, which surveyed 146 players from 29 teams, 132 (that’s 90.4 percent) said “games would be impacted negatively by the use of replacement officials.”
Taking it a step further, 71 players said the game would “suffer greatly,” 61 said there’d only be a “marginal difference,” and just 14 thought the outcome would remain the same.
It’s not a particularly large sample size, but it does speak volumes about the league’s latest hotbed issue, especially a day after commissioner Roger Goodell said the replacements will do “a very credible job” during the regular season.
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