Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/27/12
5c

A lot of people may not realize it, but the NFL actually has separate balls for kicking and passing. Quarterbacks do not throw the same footballs that kickers and punters kick and vice versa. Casual fans watching at home have no reason to know the difference, but one might think this information would be important for the officials, right? Not the replacement refs, of course.

During a recent interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, Raiders punter Shane Lechler talked about some of the issues that went along with playing in a game that was being called by replacement officials. It turns out punters are not exempt from the frustration.

“My first punt down in Miami, if you were watching the game, of course I saw it because on the first punt of the game, the (ref) refused to put the kicking ball in the game,” Lechler explained. “Then you go and kick a quarterback ball, with me being the punter, you only touch the ball for about a second. There’s no way to know. I tried to hit the punter’s ball and all throughout the pre-game I hit that ball to the 10, 8-yard line and I hit that quarterback ball and you know they are not nearly as good as the kicker’s ball. The ball went through the 25-yard line and I went down there and got the ball.

“I explained to the refs, ‘Can you guys just at least show enough respect to get the kicking ball?’ The (replacement ref) looked dead at me and goes, ‘Dude, does it really matter?’ I had a lot of choice words for him after that. … That’s like trying to kick a spiral with a pencil. It’s impossible.”

When you’re used to kicking a ball that is inflated differently and shaped slightly differently, it does make a difference. An error like that isn’t really on the same level as blowing a call on a Hail Mary to end the game or giving a team an extra timeout, but it just goes to show you that the replacements officials were capable of even giving punters headaches.

Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the quotes

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Mexico in talks with Marcelo Bielsa for coaching job

Brady: Never thought about air pressure until refs inflated to 16 PSI

Report suggests C.J. Wilson’s teammates not happy he’s seeking season ending surgery

Clowney’s father arrested for attempted murder outside club

Report: L.A.-area venues wary of temporarily hosting NFL teams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jimmy Graham to block for Marshawn 75 percent of time

Kobe Bryant not sure if 2015-16 is his final NBA season

Report: Arian Foster could be headed to injured reserve

Ari Fleischer: Belichick 'can get away with' shutting down media

RG3 on team's expectatons: Not asking me to be Superman

Bills' Kromer issues statement without apology

Penn State modernizes with new shield logo

UT preview: Why the Volunteers can win the national title

WATCH: Michael Jordan embarrassed by camper over his shoes

Ray Rice: 'I can understand why some people will never forgive me'

Rod Marinelli: “Fortunate” to go through 0-16 season with Lions

WATCH: Jimmy Rollins gets big ovation in return to Philly

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

NHL and MLB Advanced Media announce $1.2 billion deal

Knicks analyst Walt Frazier isn’t very enthused about team’s chances next season

Dave Dombrowski is out as Tigers GM

Bubba Watson’s caddie: Bubba has a ‘fear of crowds’

Melvin Gordon’s mom won’t wear his jersey this year

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2015 Premier League preview: Avoiding relegation

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

MLB season in NY better than expected

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker