The league, which resumed meetings with its locked-out officials
trying to resolve the impasse, provided information stating that Lance Easley
had four years of officiating experience, none were above the Division III level.
That information comes after the league
said that Seattle's last-second touchdown pass should not have been overturned but conceded that Seahawks receiver Golden Tate
should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch.
Easley was among the least experienced members of the referee Wayne Elliott
's crew of replacement officials despite the NFL previously requiring all officials to have 10 years of experience with at least five in major-college football.
Elliott is a Texas grad with 21 years as college and professional official in Division II, III and has other experience.
Back judge Derrick Rhone-Dunn
, who went to Langston and Oklahoma, has nine years of experience in Division I, II and III as well as other experience.
Commissioner Roger Goodell
is meeting with representatives of the locked-out officials
; however, the discussions had been planned before the controversy. According to a source, there have been ongoing negotiations over the past week. In conversations Monday afternoon, the parties scheduled sessions for Tuesday.
The anger of coaches, players and fans at the struggles of the replacements has been steadily building this season, and it reached an all time high Monday with what everybody had feared would happen: a highly questionable call deciding a game.