Chiefs-Packers Replacement Officials

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay

We’ve learned this week that the NFL has alerted teams that replacement officials will work the regular-season opener rather than the real officials that remain locked out by the league.

That’s not a good sign for a quality opening weekend, but then NFL ownership does not appear to be concerned about that matter.

Thursday night here in Green Bay, the Chiefs and Packers will get a replacement crew led by referee Wayne Elliott. He’s a University of Texas grad, a real estate salesman in Austin and he’s worked high school, college and indoor football.

The back judge in the crew is Derrick Rhone-Dunn, who worked the Sugar Bowl back in January with a Big 12 Conference crew and has worked Arena League games. The side judge is Lance Easley, a banker out of Central California that has worked high school games. They are in the picture above getting an earful from San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh over a pass interference call in a game last week.

Field judge Richard Simmons is a Texas high school official and head linesman Victor Pettus has worked high school and small college games in Alabama.

Umpire Marc Harrod out of Texas and line judge Joe Clark out of Texas fill out the crew.

3 Responses to “Chiefs-Packers Replacement Officials”

  • August 30, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Are you kidding me? Can you imagine what freedom this will give the, and there are a lot of them, i.e. the Saints (no they are not) players to install injuries. Crap, maybe even get paid extra.

    The players union could have addressed this issue in their contract. They didn’t. The owners? Playing injuries can mount for a whole lot for a very long time.

    But, hey, it’s important to be in charge. And they have insurance for such things.

    Shaun Smith come home. Poe stop listening to Romeo. Techinque be damned. Grab balls in the pile.

  • August 30, 2012  - txchief says:

    I don’t believe that there will be any change in the risk of player injury due to officiating. If a player is going to make a dirty hit, he’ll do it no matter who has the whistle. For the first few weeks there may be some delays on the replays, but they will lessen as the new officials get more comfortable. My impression is that the new officials have not made more errors than the old ones. The old officials made plenty of errors, and I felt that some may have been biased againt the Chiefs and perhaps other teams.

    After reading what the NFLRA is demanding, something like a 40% pay increase over 4-5 years and a six figure per year lifetime retirement payment, I have to side with the owners on this one. The refs already average about $150K per year for a part time job. Heaven forbid that we all would be treated so poorly.

  • August 30, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Yah… I think I want Poe listening to Romeo and his 8 rings not jfw and his pontifications.

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