The NFL can put a gag order on coaches and players. It can issue autocratic memos instructing them to ignore the officiating blunders around them. It can levy fines. But unless the league blindfolds everyone who watches its games, it can’t do what it desperately wants to — conceal the farce that the use of replacement officials has become.
The NFL keeps trying to tell us that the replacement officials will get better the more exposure they have to the NFL game. Week 3, which featured more procedural drama than a “CSI:” series, was proof that the replacement officials are just getting exposed the longer they’re officiating NFL games.