A very unusual development has taken place ahead of Monday’s matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, as five of the eight referees who were scheduled to officiate the game have been swapped with higher-preforming officials from other crews around the NFL.
This move typically doesn’t happen during the regular season so it’s nice the NFL realizes the importance of this game.
NFL pulled five members of referee Clete Blakeman’s crew and replaced them with high-performing officials from other crews for Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game, which is very unusual, if not unprecedented, per @SeifertESPN. Usually this is how the NFL staffs playoff games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
In a game that could be a potential Super Bowl preview, it seems like the NFL is doing all they can to make sure the game is decided by the players of both teams and not the officials.
It’s nice to see a league that has been widely criticized for bad officiating and decision making to finally attempt to do something right.
Maybe they should do this more often?