The Giants had officials working today’s practice. Or did they?
They weren’t the usual NFL officials who stop by in training camp, give a presentation to the players on new rules and points of emphasis, and work a few practices. No, those guys are locked out. These guys were the replacement officials who, assuming there is no agreement with the actual officials in the next month, will be working regular season games in September.
Coughlin seemed pleased to have them.
“They’re willing to do whatever you want them to do, they just go right in there,” Coughlin said. “The league is encouraging that they receive some communication as to the good, bad and indifferent, and we’ll do that.”
The players will get the presentation on the rules tomorrow and the replacement officials will be sticking around for a while, throwing flags at practice and working with the players as much as they can.
“We’re glad to have them here,” Coughlin said. “Anytime you can make that kind of environment where we are getting the calls and you can reinforce with the players at night exactly what was called during the day, I think it’s a good thing. We’re glad to have them.”
We’ll see how glad Coughlin is if they’re making the game-deciding calls in the opener against the Cowboys.