In news that shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone, when the Dallas Cowboys open up the 2012 season against the Giants at the Meadowlands this Wednesday night, they’ll do so under the watch of replacement officials. These replacement officials have had a rough go of it in the preseason, to the point that Bleacher Report recently published a slideshow highlighting the replacements’ seven biggest blunders of the exhibition season.
The fact that the preseason is over, the referees strike is still going strong and games from here on out actually count for something has some fans (and certainly coaches) just a little bit concerned; whether this group includes Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett, we don’t know--but publicly, he’s maintaining the stance that the replacements will be just fine.
“Really not at all,” Garrett said when asked about his level of concern with respect to the officiating situation, per the Dallas Morning News. “The NFL does a great job of putting a great product out there for us and we’re just going to go play. It’s our job to play and coach.
“The officials are going to be fine. I think they did a good job during the pre-season.”
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