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September 27, 2012

Think Jason Hatcher likes the return of the regular refs? 'Those guys are worth everything they wanted'

No need to decipher Jason Hatcher’s opinion on the return of the regular NFL referees.

“Those guys are worth everything they wanted,” the Cowboys defensive end said Thursday at Valley Ranch. “Glad to have those guys back. Let’s get back to football the right way.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he stressed all along for the players not to worry about the referees, real or replacement.

But it’s human nature for the players to be more comfortable around the referees they know.

“It depends on what the scouting report says about the crew that you’ve got,” defensive end Marcus Spears said with a playful smile. “If they don’t call a lot of holding penalties, then you don’t want to see their face.”

But seriously, folks ... there is an advantage to a familiarity with the officials.

“They give us a heads-up on what they’re looking for, things like that, to kind of have us with an understanding of how the game will be called,” Spears said. “So I think you’ll see a little bit more control. The main thing I think the difference will be is the flow of the game. When those guys make a call, they’ll be sure about it and go on to the next one instead of having to huddle up with two or three guys and figure out what’s the next thing to do.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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