The Redskins lost in part because of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on wide receiver Josh Morgan for throwing the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a play. Shanahan said Morgan shouldn’t have lost his poise. But he also said there was “no question” that an uncalled hit to the helmet of Redskins tight end Fred Davis should have resulted in a flag. And the Rams should have been penalized for throwing a challenge flag on a play that was not subject to a coach’s challenge, he said.
The Redskins weren’t alone in their ire over the replacements. After the Ravens had a critical touchdown catch negated by an offensive pass interference call in their loss to the Eagles, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco said: “The NFL and everyone always talks about the integrity of the game and things like that, and I think this is right along those lines. Not to say that these guys are doing a bad job, but the fact that we don’t have the normal guys out there is a little crazy.”
Pereira wrote Sunday on Twitter that “the regular refs need to get back on the field. Enough is enough.”
Last Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the replacement officials had performed well in the opening week of games and the league could continue to use them as long as needed. “They did a very credible job,” Goodell said, “and they’re only going to get better.”
Goodell said there were no active negotiations with the referees association at that point. The league made a failed negotiating push to strike a deal with the locked-out referees days before the regular season began.
The league and the referees are bargaining over salaries, benefits and non-economic issues. The NFL wants to increase the number of officials, make some of them full-time employees and enhance its ability to replace the ones it considers underperformers.
Average compensation for a game official last year was $149,000, according to a memo sent by league attorney Jeff Pash to all NFL teams, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post and other media organizations. According to Pash’s memo, the league offered before the lockout to increase pay to $189,000 by 2018.
The referees association responded that the NFL was involved in a “misinformation campaign.” The organization says it just wants a fair deal that wouldn’t come close to taxing the sport’s mammoth revenues. Officials did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.