Nick Barnett vs. Umpire Jim Quirk…


Last week, many of us saw umpire Jim Quirk drag Barnett away from a potential scuffle last week. Many of us probably wondered why the guy was being so aggressive. Barnett even indicated in an interview afterward that he was not able to breathe at one moment. Weird incident and as McCarthy said, unprofessional behavior.

To me, one of the more remarkable things about this whole situation is that the umpire Jim Quirk was fined one game check for the incident – which amounted to $8150. For some reason, I was under the impression that NFL refs didn’t make much money. I’d guess (conservatively) that Jim Quirk works 14 games a season, (not including playoffs where he likely would make much more) – that would come to some $114,100 a year. Keep in mind that is for about 4-5 months of work. Now, being an umpire is one of the more vulnerable ref positions on the field (they are the ones who often get knocked over when players run across the middle). Still, I’d get knocked down a couple times a year to make $114,100 working less than half the year.

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4 Responses to “Nick Barnett vs. Umpire Jim Quirk…”

  1. Ace Says:

    He probably also does a handful of exhibition games, has required study of the rules and numerous meetings with his crew and league trainers. Still, more money than one would expect for a part time job. Is there a public record to determine whether Mr. Quirk has behaved before?

  2. awhayes Says:

    This is apparently the second such incident this Quirk guy has had in the last few weeks. Not sure about any sort of police record. Like a grade schooler, he may just be jealous of the attention tough-guy Ed Hochuli gets and because Quirk isn’t that obviously strong, he compensates by being out of control aggressive.

  3. NFLfan Says:

    The lack of NFL knowledge shown by the previous two posts is staggering. First of all- Quirk has been an official for 20 years- these refs are on one year contracts and they get a raise every year. Every referee does not make the money that he does- they reward these guys for tenure. Quirk has been in the playoffs every year except once during his career. If these guys don’t perofrm- they are fired.

    Second of all- Quirk is almost 70 years old- of course he is not as strong as Hochuli- but I love the fact that crybaby Barnett bitched about being tackled by an old man. The league encourages the umpires to stop fights before they happen- that’s what Quirk was doing. If they want the game to degenerate into a mess like hockey where players just duke it out on the field….then they should tell the refs to back off.

  4. awhayes Says:

    NFLfan (with a massive bias…saw your last name) – while I won’t pretend to know the details of how NFL refs get paid, your argument doesn’t change my point – according to the info we’ve learned re his one game fine, the guy makes quite a bit of money for not working a full year. Period. I don’t care if he’s done it 20 years, fact is, he makes good money and that was my point.

    And, if you actually saw the replay, you would have seen that he did have Barnett by the neck in an aggressive hold, essentially choking him. I recognize that it can be a difficult spot for an official to be in whenever a fight breaks out and I also will allow that things happen fast in situations like that. But what appeared odd to me was that he seemed to become the aggressor and as an official doesn’t make sense. And of course, my perspective on this is all validated by the fact that he was fined by the NFL. Listen, I’m not criticizing his overall performance as an umpire over the years, nor will I pretend to know the details of his officiating career. If he has indeed been around that long, he probably has done a really good job historically. Still, that doesn’t erase the fact that he had two questionably aggressive interventions within a short time span.

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