GREEN BAY – Last week, Aaron Rodgers thought the NFL’s replacement officials were under an unfair level of scrutiny. On Tuesday, after seeing how a replacement crew did in Sunday’s 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback revised his position.
“They’re under a lot of scrutiny, and the one’s we had last week deserved the scrutiny,” Rodgers said during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com Tuesday afternoon. “You have to understand the rules.”
While Rodgers was cautious not to say anything that could get him fined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he suggested that the replacement officials simply didn’t know the rules as well as the players whom they were judging.
“You have to try to curtail some of your frustration I think. It’s just frustrating when you’re positive that there’s either a missed call, or that the rule was not interpreted the way that it’s supposed to be interpreted,” Rodgers said. “There were multiple instances of that, and when you watch the film back it’s frustrating. That being said, there were just some bizarre calls on both sides. Anybody who watches the TV copy, I mean I saw it from the sidelines, but we scored a touchdown on a legit (illegal) block in the back. I don’t know what happened on that. It has to hopefully get better.”
Rodgers, of course, was referring to Randall Cobb’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, on which linebacker Terrell Manning got away with a blatant illegal block. The touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion cut the 49ers’ lead to 23-15.
“There’s still disbelief” even when a bad call goes in your favor, Rodgers said. “I can’t say it’s comical, but I don’t feel bad because we had some bad ones our way as well. But I’m just surprised that you missed that one.”
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