LeSean McCoy was a guest of the WIP midday show this week and gave some of his thoughts on the replacement referees. Only, his criticisms weren't about the bad calls or generally slow manner that they run the game, it's that these guys are just unprofessional and act more like fans.
McCoy said pretty plainly that he thought the replacement refs were getting bullied and mentioned how one started stuttering when Ray Lewis "puffed up his chest" after a call. This is certainly something we've suspected watching games. Especially in that last one against Baltimore, there were a lot of late flags that came after guys (from both sides) appealed for them. They'd turn to the ref or yell at him about a flag, and the ref would oblige.
Obviously, that's not how its supposed to work. But even more absurd, McCoy says, is that these guys seem starstruck and act more like fans.
"I'll be honest, they're like fans.," McCoy said. "One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,' ahhh, what?!"
Now, maybe the guy is just joking around, but clearly McCoy didn't take it that way. And frankly, given that these guys don't know the players at all, its not professional to joke around with them anyway.
This whole replacement ref thing has really become a farce.