Ref union director: ‘Very concerned’ about criticisms from players

The NFL experienced a higher-than-usual amount of open criticisms from players towards officials this season, and it did not go unnoticed.

The NFLRA's executive director Scott Green isn't certain that player fines are enough to stop the outcry of critics and is particularly concerned that officials are being discredited for doing their jobs correctly.

"They got all fined, and yeah, that's very concerning to us," Green told USA Today's Tom Pelissero over the phone. "That's different than what we've seen in the past, and it's definitely something that I want to talk to (NFL Players Association executive director) De Smith about with the players association: What is it we need to do about that?

"We appreciate that the league reprimands guys for doing that, but we also like it to be known that in those instances, all those calls were correct. That, to us, is equally as important, that the public knows that just because somebody complained and said it was horrible and the guy is horrible and he shouldn't be on the field - it's important that word gets back out that, well, just so you're aware, we reviewed those plays and (the penalties) were there."

Among the most notable criticisms, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said official Carl Cheffers "shouldn't even be able to work at fucking Foot Locker" and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman who said field judge Brad Freeman "sucked." Both players were fined for their comments.

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