During the Sunday night game, the commentators indicated that the league and the refs were still far apart on some aspects.
The only other thing I've heard about is that letter the league sent to the owners, coaches and players telling them to respect the game and lay off the scrub refs. How dare the people on the field disrespect the game by questioning the replacement refs!
I can't believe the NFL could issue such an edict with a straight face.
Yes, the league is playing a dangerous game here, and they are demanding that the coaches and players participate in that "game" (against the refs union) by not putting added pressure on the owners by complaing about and showing up the replacements.
The Raiders' Darrius Heyward-Bey took a helmet to helmet shot in the end zone Sunday that left him unconscious. Nothing was called. Now, even there had been a flag thrown it obviously would not have helped Heyward-Bey, but it might have helped some future defenseless player going up for a catch.
Other DB's watching this play might say to themselves, "hey, they aren't calling that, huh". Next game, a DB decides to see it they're calling it and takes a shot at a receiver going up for a ball. A flag is thrown, but too late. The another receiver is laid out.
Goodell loves to get on guys about "hurting" the league by doing things like going to strip clubs. But apparentely, "hurting" the league by deliberatly hiring barely competent officials doesn't count. Such hypocracy.