Last year around this time, a lot of the referees you're seeing now during NFL games were reffing minor college games and even some high school games.
As you can imagine, nobody expects perfection out of them. The mistakes have been talked about and criticized by many, but on Sunday during the Pats-Titans game, there weren't many big errors.
Michael Holley gave them a B to a B-plus, while Tom E. Curran and Ron Borges weren't as kind.
Either way, it doesn't appear as if these refs were part of the story on Sunday -- a good thing.
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, always up for a good laugh, posed as a Bills reporter on a conference call with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.
FOXBORO -- Immediately after Jacoby Brissett scored his first NFL touchdown, a 27-yard designed run against the Texans, he headed over to the Patriots sideline and handed coach Bill Belichick the football.
Until Tuesday, we didn't know what he said during the exchange, but he indicated that he wanted to keep the ball away from Houston's defenders. On Showtime Tuesday night, as part of Inside the NFL, we found out Brissett repeated one of Belichick's most frequently used lines back to the coach.
"Ball security," Brissett said.
That was one of the highlights from the show, which pulled some of the best clips from a mic'd up Belichick before and during his team's 27-0 win over the Texans.
Among the moments captured were Belichick's interactions pregame with former members of the Patriots organization like Vince Wilfork and Romeo Crennel. He was also caught discussing Brissett's warmup with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
"Looks a little wild here in warmups," Belichick said.
"He'll be fine," McDaniels replied. "I think he'll settle into it."