Players gave numerous examples but said two were blatant. In one, officials forgot to move the marker after a 3-yard loss. The loss was followed by an incomplete pass. So it should have been third-and-13 but the marker showed third-and-10 because the official forgot to move it. One sideline erupted over the mistake and the officials corrected it.
On another play, it was explained by players, there was a holding call on a Saints punt return and it took the officials four attempts to correctly spot the football. (I could be wrong but I don't remember seeing any of this on the broadcast.)
"We were all laughing on the sidelines at how clueless they were," said one player.
It got so bad players began mocking the replacement officials. Players also say some of the officials began arguing amongst themselves vocally in front of the players.
Do regular officials make these kinds of mistakes? Quite possibly. But this is going to be interesting to watch if these mistakes continue. Especially if there is no settlement of the lockout and this continues into the regular season.
Because it will be impossible to hide them forever.
I didn't watch much of the game last night, but were the officials that bad? I'll have to keep my eye out on it when the Bucs play on Friday.