In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
Consistency comes with time.
Saying they missed calls the other refs would have made I can not agree with. I remember, every season, pulling my hair out from time to time because what was JUST called PI a series earlier is let go now. A QB gets facemasked and it's missed, then the other guy gets a fingernail across the helmet and it's 15 yards. Don't talk like the previous refs were so consistent. They WEREN'T. In fact, I saw plenty of evidence of makeup calls going back and forth with the previous group, not so much of that now.
I honestly feel that if people weren't waiting for mistakes to harp on, it wouldn't be such a focal point. EVERY year people talk about refs blowing 'easy' calls. EVERY year a few teams petition the league because of a bad call (and they always get dismissed, no way is the NFL ever going to wind back the clack and replay some part of a game). I have heard and read APOLOGIES from the NFL regarding refereeing of the past, admitting what everyone knew: a call had been blown to cost a game.
I mean, it took all of what, half a quarter to get this thread started? Did the refs lead to Cutler being sacked 7 times and throwing 4 INTs and shoving an OLineman on the sideline? Ther efs didn't impact the outcome of this game either. Remember the Pats/Panthers Super Bowl? How, for about 26 minutes, nobody did ANYTHING, then all of a sudden, about 28 points before the half combined. Sometimes offenses figure it out having nothing to do with the refs. To give a bad call credit for one of the best offenses in the league starting to get going is kind of foolish. Maybe it woke them up, maybe not. Maybe it gave them a little confidence, maybe not. Or maybe, just maybe, MVP Aaron Rodgers and a VERY GOOD offense finally got going after a poor start. And maybe that poor start had to do with #1 WR option Greg Jennings not playing?
Seriously. Give these guys a chance, I've never seen SO MUCH attention paid to a few missed calls. ESPECIALLY this early in the season! It's obnoxious. Imagine if any of us got a job that was similar to what we've done, but in fron of thousands of people and TV cameras, and had everyone breathing down our necks just WAITING for an inevitable mistake to jump all over? Who could work in conditions like that? These guys are doing fine, and the more I see analysts and fans piling on, the more I feel inclined to stick up for them.
Seriously, go watch any old game and watch all the missed and bad calls. Personally, I've enjoyed the PRODUCT, you know, the actuall football being played, every bit as much, if not MORE (thanks to the DBs) than opening Sundays past.
Dragon, these were extremely basic mistakes that college refs shouldn't make. 1 major one that lead to points in which they originally got right then after review got it wrong. I understand in the heat of the moment mistakes like holds, PI's, stuff like that but how do you review a play and get it completely wrong, not only get it completely wrong but overturn the right call to begin with. Then how do you as the ref blowing the whistle watch a GB player take a cheap shot then call the other player when they protect themselves? In the replay you see 2 refs watch the event then call it on the Bears player. Those aren't in the heat of the moment events and did have a huge effect on the game. Those two events happened in back to back series and you could clearly see GB became more aggressive and embolded and Chi got more frustrated and was making hot headed decisions based on frustration.
It's easy to point to a single call a the end of a game as to it costing a game but when calls are made early unless you see how the flow of the game completely changes it's hard to say those calls affected the game. Well if you watched the game you could see how each team changed after the calls and how the flow of the game changed immediately after the calls