July 28, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (93) stretches during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
As long as the NFL referee lockout continues, you can expect there to be a lot of talk about the replacement officials, and not because they're doing a good job. It's become pretty clear so far during the preseason that the replacement officials just aren't getting the job done, and as a result, there has been a lot of criticism directed at the NFL over the use of them.
With it now looking like the replacement officials will still be around for the start of the regular season, players and fans alike are getting fed up with this issue. Players especially aren't thrilled with the replacement officials, as evidenced by a poll conducted by the Sporting News (via Pro Football Talk). 146 players from 29 teams were polled, and 90.4 percent of them believe games will be "impacted negatively by the use of replacement officials." Several players shared their thoughts on the replacement officials with the Sporting News, and Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was actually the only one who spoke without anonymity.
"It’s hard for guys who’ve been officiating for 10, 12, 15 years in the NFL to get it right, and there’s so much going on and so many rules changes that it’ll be difficult if there’s guys that have no experience coming in and officiating games. And with the big emphasis on player safety and the changes to player safety, as a player you want to make sure that you have capable officials that get it right."
I'd say Vanden Bosch pretty much summed up my thoughts on the situation.