Broncos' John Fox and defensive coordinator to be fined $20K each by NFL for ref abuse

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The Broncos' John Fox and Jack Del Rio will reportedly be fined by the NFL for criticizing the refs. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be fined $20,000 each for publicly criticizing the replacement officials after a Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, according to a report Sunday afternoon from Adam Schefter of

The NFL even called the Georgia Dome at halftime on Monday night to get the message to Fox and Del Rio to tone down their act in the second half, according to a league source.

The NFL reportedly issued a memo to its coaches during Week 2 of the season to stop bullying the replacement refs. That same week, another coach said that the refs are terrible, according to Schefter:

"I don't care what the league fines me, these (replacement) refs are terrible," one NFL head coach said last week.