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Carl Johnson is stepping down as head of officiating

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Via text message received moments ago from NBC officiating consultant Jim Daopoulos comes word that NFL V.P. of officiating Carl Johnson is stepping down, and that he’ll return to being a game official.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has also reported the news, explaining that Johnson will leave the position after the Super Bowl.  Per Schefter, Johnson will be one of the first full-time game officials.

Johnson is in his third season on the job.  Schefter reports that a leading candidate to replace Johnson will be NFL director of instant replay Dean Blandino.

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  1. supremekingz says: Dec 12, 2012 3:57 PM

    You can thank the Unions for this one. The average NFL referee makes $149,000.00 per year, and due to the new collective bargaining will make $205,000 per year (on average) by 2019 even though pretty much all are part time employees who work regular jobs in the offseason.

    Not a bad payday at all. And thanks to the union’s near impossible measures it would take to be completely fired, who wouldn’t leave NBC and go back?

    Who cares that the price is ultimately coming from the fans in ticket costs and merchandise hikes?

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 12, 2012 4:11 PM

    Thank god, the officiating in this game is beyond acceptable and hopefully the league will finally put somebody in charge that can help clean up the mess. There is nothing uglier in sports operations issues than the sloppy NFL rulebook and the grotesque officiating problems that exist.

  3. ccjcsr says: Dec 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    Dude looks like Cory Chievous

  4. nananatman says: Dec 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    Most of them are lawyers. Seriously that’s probably why 200 pounds of amped up hgh fueled rage doesn’t snap off and punch them out on the field.

  5. andybutters says: Dec 12, 2012 4:16 PM

    Good idea to replace him with the botch-happy head of instant replay. Great way to get a promotion, suck at your job enough they make you management.

  6. mburkett1980 says: Dec 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    The question begs to be asked – was this a “voluntary” step down from this position?

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    supremekingz says:
    Dec 12, 2012 3:57 PM
    You can thank the Unions for this one. The average NFL referee makes $149,000.00 per year, and due to the new collective bargaining will make $205,000 per year (on average) by 2019 even though pretty much all are part time employees who work regular jobs in the offseason.

    Not a bad payday at all. And thanks to the union’s near impossible measures it would take to be completely fired, who wouldn’t leave NBC and go back?

    Who cares that the price is ultimately coming from the fans in ticket costs and merchandise hikes?

    ____________________

    Exactly! If the refs never got a raise the owners would certainly lower prices across the board. Do people actually think before they post?

  8. marvsleezy says: Dec 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    Im glad they asked him to step down. Classy – Better than firing him.

  9. binkystevens says: Dec 12, 2012 4:27 PM

    The great Blandino

  10. metspeed21 says: Dec 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    He must have seen the phantom offensive pass interference call against Trent Richardson and said, “That’s it!”

    I’ve seen some of the worst officiating in 2012 from the regular refs, such as Chiefs vs Steelers (worst in a long time), Browns vs. Cowboys, and Lions vs. Texans.

  11. ninthwardfriend says: Dec 12, 2012 4:54 PM

    I think NFL refs should be off duty firefighters. The truth is in them.

  12. csilojohnson says: Dec 12, 2012 5:02 PM

    metspeed, see Steelers at Giants 2012, worst officiated game ever.
    The worst part is the replay officials are confirming thier ignorance half the time.

  13. chefjayson says: Dec 12, 2012 5:21 PM

    @metspeed21
    You forgot the Colts vs Titans game. Horrendous officiating.

  14. custardchucker says: Dec 12, 2012 6:44 PM

    supremekingz says:
    Dec 12, 2012 3:57 PM
    Not a bad payday at all. And thanks to the union’s near impossible measures it would take to be completely fired, who wouldn’t leave NBC and go back?

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    Did you even read the article? Nobody’s leaving NBC, the guy’s job was VP of officiating at the NFL.

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