Jason Avant: “Guys Are Going To Cheat This Week”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
There’s no way out of having the replacement refs doing the games tonight and this weekend. The NFL has committed to it, but it doesn’t sound like anybody else is happy about it. Eagles slot receiver Jason Avant made some very profound statements about what it’s going to be like in week one to play with the replacement officials calling the game.
Avant started out by saying something good about the commissioner and the league.
“This is league is all about, our commissioner is all about player safety”, Avant began.
He then talked about how he and his teammates felt about the replacement refs.
“A lot of guys are kind of concerned about it, that’s a big deal for us as far as player safety”, Avant said while surrounded by a group of local media members. ”Around the locker room everyone talks about it. All the players know about it. There are some things are going to get called, some things are not going to be called.”
Player safety has been a major subject in the NFL for the last couple of years with the concussion issue and New Orleans Saints bounty scandal dominating the news.
“And when you go into a game, you know what things you can get away with, with these refs that we have”, Avant continued. ”Guys are going to like cheat this week.”
“I play the inside position a lot for most of the game. Even for the regular officials, that’s the most non-calls in the league is on the inside, With that being said, it’s going to be hard for guys who aren’t accustomed to making those calls to see those calls. I’m not conerned about it, but I just have to do a little pushing off myself. Ha Ha.”
It’s very important to the league office that the refs not blow calls that cost a team or teams games. They need the replacement refs to avoid making the big mistake this weekend. You know a big mistake would dominate the news and force the league to work out a deal with the long-time NFL refs.
The NFL is by far the number one sports league in the U.S., yet they’ve decided to lower their standard by playing regular season games, which are reffed by mediocre to bad officials.
Avant didn’t have any problems telling us that he expects other players to try and take advantage of these refs, so he’s not going to get caught with his pants down.
What if one of these refs cost a couple of team games which keep them out of the playoffs? What if they make a mistake that gets a player injured?
I think this lockout is going to be solved by next Tuesday after the first week of games.
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