Goodell acknowledges replay review could be centralized

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Over the weekend, we reported that the NFL has been discussing and will continue to discuss the possibility of taking replay review out of stadiums and moving it to a central location.

On Wednesday, at a quarterly ownership meeting in Dallas, Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that such a change is being considered.

Per Albert Breer of NFL Network, Goodell acknowledged that V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino could be directly involved in the replay function.

“Our number one focus is to make sure we’re providing the best officiating,” Goodell said, via NFL.com.  “We always think we can improve.  Consistency is important.  By bringing it into the league office on Sundays and having one person actually making that decision, you can make an argument there’s consistency.”

It looks like that one person would be Blandino.  And that makes sense.  Since he’s the one who draws the short straw when it comes to explaining the mistakes made by guys like Jeff Triplette, why not just have Blandino make the decisions in the first instance, under circumstances far more conducive to making an efficient and ultimately reliable decision?

30 responses to “Goodell acknowledges replay review could be centralized

  1. Seems like you might need more than one dude making the call in the central office, since most of these games are played at the same time. LOL. Could improve things though.

  2. Welcome to the party. The NHL has been doing it for years. Now if they can only figure out how to stop the officials from making dumb penalty calls.

  3. It’s certainly debatable that providing the best officiating has been the league’s number one focus. But this would be a move in the right direction. The big question is whether Blandino could handle the volume of calls he’d have to field, especially during the 1 p.m. games on Sundays. The league also needs to have qualified backups in case Blandino should ever become unavailable.

    The calls this central person should consider must be expanded to include end-zone plays that are ruled not to be scores. Right now, all scoring plays are reviewed. But that means plays ruled on the field not to be scores are ignored–and often those plays were scores and deserved to be reviewed. Other plays should also be added, but end-zone plays are the most crucial.

    One would assume a guy like Blandino actually knows the rules. It’s obvious many of the field officials don’t.

  4. Goodell needs to publically apologize to Dan Snyder, Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin and the rest of the Redskins organization and fanbase for ruining our season for the third year in a row period.

  5. I actually like this rule, a third party observer gets to make the call. They should take it a step further by blacking out the jerseys so the guy making the call doesn’t even know which team gets the benefit.

  6. It’s certainly debatable that providing the best officiating has been the league’s number one focus. But this would be a move in the right direction. The big question is whether Blandino could handle the volume of calls he’d have to field, especially during the 1 p.m. games on Sundays. The league also needs to have qualified backups in case Blandino should ever become unavailable.

    The calls this central person should consider must be expanded to include end-zone plays that are ruled not to be scores. Right now, all scoring plays are reviewed. But that means plays ruled on the field not to be scores are ignored–and often those plays were scores and deserved to be reviewed. Other plays should also be added, but end-zone plays are the most crucial.

  7. What good is this when the game is right in front of them, they can’t get it correct. HDTV has put stop to fans not seeing how bad calls are. We ridiculed the replacements and yet we allow the under contract officials to run wild.

  8. Yeah, hope a review is never needed for two games at the same time. They probably have stats for that, the exact timing of each review to see if there were any conflicts. If there is a conflict, does one game just go to commercial longer than usual, waiting for the one guy to review the play?

  9. It’s a good idea in theory. But I can’t see this preventing mistakes for the long haul. You need a committee – someone who is unbiased and has no love or allegiance to an organization (or more).

  10. We don’t need centralized officiating. We need GOOD officiating. I get the whole human element thing and not getting every call right. But the issues this year haven’t been ticky tack holding calls. It’s been multiple calls per week that have been blatantly wrong having an effect on the outcomes of games. I don’t think I’ve ever seen officiating in any sport as bad as it has been in the NFL this year. Most of these guys need to be fired and replaced with full time refs who at least have an idea what to look for. Let’s not forget that half of the NFL rule book needs to be thrown out, and the other half needs to be rewritten to eliminate as much grey area judgment call garbage as possible.

  11. Something has to be done at present the officials are killing the game. If we did our jobs like these bozos we wouldn’t have one

  12. Please tell me Jeff Triplette didn’t get an assignment this week.

    How you can reverse such a ridiculously easy call is beyond me. He admitted to not even looking at the tackle in the backfield but just focusing on the goal line… for 5 minutes… and never even watched the 2 second run play in its entirety. There were only 3 parts to the play: Handoff, Tackle, Knee Down. How is that so difficult?

    I always assumed they were overanalyzing the review… turns out we don’t even know what they are looking at and they apparently don’t even watch the play through to begin with. At least Jeff admitted what he did by ignoring the literally the entire play, hopefully the league realizes that maybe these guys don’t know what they are doing and can’t really be trusted with on-field reviews.

  13. Oh my goodness this has to be a sick joke. Blandino has been horrible at explaining stuff and he has no breakdown logic. He actually has been flat out wrong on a few things he says, and how is he going to be the safeguard and quality control guy to make sure things get done right? I don’t see how Blandino is going to be effective at that based on what I have seen and heard from Blandino so far. I’m blown away if this happens. I’d really like to hear Blandino’s presentation for how he sees this entire process working.

    And no one person cannot possibly monitor everything from every game, so is this simply only going to be for a small and specialized case of replays that he reviews? I’m very confused what Goodell is thinking. I guess that’s probably a function of he just started thinking about this issue.

    The bottom line is it doesn’t sound like 2014 is going to offer much of a change except for maybe a small number of plays that will get reviewed in the central location.

  14. As a league, the NHL has stuggled to do much correctly, but the centralized replay has def been one thing they got right. The NFL should not shy away from being a copycat if it helps their business, most successful companies do this sort of thing all the time.

  15. The Ref turns on his mike and announces to the crowd that the previous play is going to be reviewed, however we are number 5 in the replay cue!!!

  16. How can one guy handle every replay? That strange statement in itself makes you wonder if this can really succeed. Their number one problem is lousy officiating and this idea only serves to fix a few,mistakes that are reviewable. By all appearances they’ve allowed themselves to make refs as replaceable as Supreme Court judges. Triplet the will apparently be allowed to mess up games until his dying day.

  17. A big problem is they don’t understand the rules, and some head coaches don’t either, twice this year they blew the rule on pushing a man who is over the center on field goal try’s, 2 teams lose the call, one, Miami just missed a long field goal try against Baltimore, and they push the man over the center, Miami should have received a 15 yard gain and a first down, no guarantee they would score, but at least they would had a better chance, and as I see it Baltimore has the tie breaker over Miami and they could lose out because the officials didn’t throw the flag. Bill

  18. Guys, I imagine Blandino would have a crew watching and reporting and he’d get a quick recap and make a call. I doubt he’d be individually watching every replay for every review, though I’d hope he would be personally viewing replays that could have major implications in the game.

  19. NFL, dont overthink this. Call the NHL and ask them for a copy of the procedures they implemented and run with it. And consider replacing the refs who continously make the errors with younger refs. Does anyones eyes and reaction time really improve past the age of 50? Mine hasnt.

  20. I can just picture the hopeless Triplette calling the central off and getting the muzak playing with the woman’s voice, “Please stay on the line. All operators are currently busy helping other important customers such as yourself. The current wait time is 5 minutes”…

  21. I agree the officiating this year has been piss poor at best. Maybe a centralized location might help but that doesn’t resolve all the issues of poor officiating. What is being proposed is designed for plays that are flagged but there has been several plays that weren’t flagged that should have been. IMO that is the biggest issue that needs more attention.

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