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Dean Blandino: Officials will be advised to keep an eye on Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11:  Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants prepares to run a pass route during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Last week, the NFL put the officials working the Bengals-Steelers game on notice of potential issues, based on the history between the two teams. This week, the NFL has placed the officials working the Washington-Giants game on notice of potential issues, based on the history between two of the players: cornerback Josh Norman and receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

“Before every game, our crew gets a scouting report, and that includes video clips, different things they can expect from the two teams — formations, tendencies,” NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network. “And any time there’s a history between the two teams, players, that’s part of that report. Typically, divisional matchups, rivalry games, we want to make sure we maintain control. And when there’s a history between two players, obviously we can’t ignore that. And the crew will be aware of it. And just like any other game, we want to take that first opportunity to set the tone and be a presence early. Let the emotion die down, so we can just get down to playing football.”

There’s definitely a history between Norman and Beckham, dating back to last December. And it’s definitely a standard operating procedure for the NFL to make officials aware of potential problems between teams and players.

So, basically, it would be news if the NFL didn’t put the officials on notice regarding possible tension between Norman and Beckham or the Bengals and Steelers.

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22 Responses to “Dean Blandino: Officials will be advised to keep an eye on Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.”
  1. sb44champs says: Sep 22, 2016 1:57 PM

    My money is on Norman… Beckham is just a product of an overzealous NFL trying to make a star out of someone. Beckham made a circus catch a couple years back and now he’s the second coming SMH

  2. justintuckrule says: Sep 22, 2016 2:02 PM

    Boooooo. Let them play!

  3. metalman5150 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:03 PM

    lets how big & bad OBJ truly is. …

    …. if the G-Men line OBJ on the left or right…. that’s up to the offense….

  4. uglydingo says: Sep 22, 2016 2:11 PM

    And this is the problem with Dean Blandino. He craves the limelight and is looking to assert himself as a headliner on PFT. Josh Norman and OBJ should be treated like any of the other 90 players in the game by the officiating crew. The fact that Blandino is placing specific focus before the game is unnecessary. My problem with the refs is that they may respond with a knee jerk reaction to whatever Blandino highlights. I can imagine Blandino (+ Goodell) whispering in the ref’s ear what they think re sensitive calls during the game.

  5. imodan says: Sep 22, 2016 2:14 PM

    This is Blandino speak for “we’re gonna wait for the perfect time to flag Norman to guarantee a NY victory” Most likely 2 personal fouls in the first 5 minutes and get Norman off the field completely.

  6. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 22, 2016 2:15 PM

    Well if they use the same eye they used for the Steeler/Bengal game only one of them will get flagged.

  7. dbarnes67 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:45 PM

    How about teaching the officials how to enforce the rules? Too much drama in the WWNFL
    Well trained, full time officials wouldn’t need scouting reports telling them which teams to support.

  8. nhpats says: Sep 22, 2016 2:59 PM

    Odell is going to roast Norman…..and it won’t even be close.

  9. mongo3401 says: Sep 22, 2016 2:59 PM

    Are they using the good eye of the bad eye ?

  10. celticsforever says: Sep 22, 2016 3:15 PM

    So says the head of nfl officials who was never an nfl official.

  11. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 22, 2016 3:19 PM

    OBJ is a boy going up against a man.

    Giant fans are going to ignore that Norman shut him down if they win though which will probably happen because #8 for the Redskins is a loser who doesn’t desrrve to be a starting QB.

  12. Angry Orange Man says: Sep 22, 2016 3:21 PM

    Oh god…I really hope this doesn’t mean a flag anytime they accidently bump each other. With the NFL you never know.

  13. bengalsfan2079 says: Sep 22, 2016 3:23 PM

    Just like they said last week to keep an eye on the Steelers and Bengals when only team was watched closely.

  14. willyalistentothis says: Sep 22, 2016 3:26 PM

    If they are keeping an eye on them, they should look for Odell in the end zone. It’s actually easier to keep an ear on Norman.

  15. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 22, 2016 3:34 PM

    Grow up, already.

  16. jm91rs says: Sep 22, 2016 3:38 PM

    So this will be like the Bengals Steelers game? As long as there are no fights, officials will let it slide. Holding, PI, touchdown catches called incomplete, non-fumbles called fumbles. As long as there isn’t a fight it’s a success for Blandino’s men.

  17. therealtrenches says: Sep 22, 2016 3:42 PM

    Tell you what. Rather than having the officials distracted from, you know, calling the game and possibly missing something because they’re too worried about these two divas, how about these two divas focus on keeping it together for four quarters? Yeah…that would be nice.

  18. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 22, 2016 3:43 PM

    Starting to wonder if the refs have been instructed to make these ??? calls just to stoke the fire?

  19. expertatnfl says: Sep 22, 2016 3:44 PM

    But they still aren’t concerned with the Packers getting 16 bad calls going their way, right?

  20. heat1up says: Sep 22, 2016 3:58 PM

    Wow. So they didn’t get a report before the last match up. When they ignored multiple infractions while allowing the two players to brutally assault one another on the field. Really! That report must have said, let them play no matter what.

  21. scrp2 says: Sep 22, 2016 4:07 PM

    If anyone is unfamiliar with Dean Blandino, he was the one who stepped out of Jerry Jones party bus full of strippers and proceeded to go inside a club to party some more. Other than that a very reputable and impartial leader of NFL officiating.

  22. arvinkp says: Sep 22, 2016 4:11 PM

    Great, the officials will pay attention to 2 player, while the other 20 aren’t being watched… how about the official do the job they’re supposed to do?

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