Expert Hotline: Former NFL referee Red Cashion

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Expert Hotline: Former NFL referee Red Cashion

Just like NFL fans are watching in horror as replacement referee after replacement referee botches call after call, former NFL referees are doing the same.

Take former NFL ref Red Cashion, who has been retired from the league since 1997.

Cashion was asked to help train these replacement referees, of which he declined. Now, he's forced to watch the same poor product we are including Monday night's debacle in Seattle.

So, Red, what the heck happened out there?

"Aw, well, whatever it was it wasn't good," he said on The Felger & Mazz Show Tuesday. "I don't really know what happened. The problem you've got is that you've got a bunch of people working these games that simply is beyond them."

Fact. We knew that before Monday night, but the end result of the game certainly didn't change anybody's mind.

Cashion goes on to compare a no-name QB from a no-name school filling in for an injured Tom Brady. How would that work out for New England? You can imagine.

But Cashion doesn't know how things got to this point he said "that's been the biggest mystery to me".

We all know how great the NFL can be when everything is clicking on all cylinders, and Cashion himself says it has always been a first-class organization. He hopes he can still say that now, but seems hesitant to.

After all, the NFL did come out with a statement saying it agreed with the call made on the field. Did they seem something we didn't? Cashion says it's possible. But . . .

"That doesn't explain why when two officials disagree the referee didn't go and try to talk to the two officials and try to decide which call to go with," he said.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.