Kraft was also asked about the prospect of the regular season starting with replacement officials. All 32 teams received a memo from Ray Anderson, NFL vice president of football operations, telling them to prepare for just that prospect.
“It basically told the clubs that the league is going to start the season with the officials that have worked the preseason on the field, and currently the state of negotiations with past officials is nothing is happening,” Kraft said.
“Beyond that, it’s hard to comment much because negotiations are taking place, when there are negotiations, between the league and the Referees Association. The league is empowered to do what’s in the best interest of the league.
“Hopefully at some point, [a deal] gets done. If it doesn’t, we’re going to start with replacement officials.’’
After the game, which was not well-officiated — on one punt, referee Donald King called offsetting penalties, before then saying both penalties were on the Giants and even then may not have carried out the penalty properly — Belichick was far more succinct when asked his thoughts on replacement officials.
“Yeah, I’m not going to comment on that,” he said.