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Centralized replay review proposal approved

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The days of going under the hood are over.

According to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network, owners unanimously approved the centralized replay review proposal.

The rule will put the replay process in the hands of NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino and his crew in New York, taking the referee on the field out of the business of reviews.

If nothing else, it could help with the league’s attempt to streamline portions of the game for broadcast purposes, but it also gives them a shot at a greater degree of consistency, which no one’s going to complain about.

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  1. wib22 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:56 PM

    another awful goodell move.

    GOODELL MUST GO

  2. Norseman says: Mar 28, 2017 3:01 PM

    Probably an improvement. I would think replay reviews would be quicker and more accurate based on (presumably) better equipment available in a dedicated center in NY and being able to review the replay as quickly as viewers on TV.

  3. backuppunter says: Mar 28, 2017 3:02 PM

    good. i hope this makes replays faster. it is frustrating when something you can see at home in 20 seconds takes two comercial breaks to straighten out. a big reason i don’t watch as many games as i used to.

  4. ravenswinsuperbowl47 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:03 PM

    Outstanding move by Goodell & owners. Going under the hood was insanely stupid. Time consuming and inefficient. Worse yet, it place the official in the no-win position of having to overturn himself

  5. lx2016 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:04 PM

    wib22 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:56 PM
    another awful goodell move.

    GOODELL MUST GO
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    Wrong! This is a GREAT move. Most owners and coaches agree. Finally NFL can hopefully get the calls right on the field. They’re still be plenty of ref mistakes but love that games possible game changing plays can be challenged. No more free wins for Seattle, hopefully.

  6. maust1013 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:17 PM

    lx2016 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 3:04 PM
    wib22 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:56 PM
    another awful goodell move.

    GOODELL MUST GO
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    Wrong! This is a GREAT move.
    …but love that games possible game changing plays can be challenged.
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    It would be a great move IF more of us had any faith in Baghdad Blindino and the gang that can’t shoot straight calling it on the up and up. As it is they have been given a tool that allows them to potentially ‘manage’ game results from the safety of the bunker under 345 Park Ave. The current challenge system remains unchanged, btw.

  7. parasol monster says: Mar 28, 2017 3:19 PM

    “The rule will put the replay process in the hands of NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino”

    Time to put money on Dallas winning the Super Bowl, I suppose.

  8. macjacmccoy says: Mar 28, 2017 3:24 PM

    That party bus going, Dez Bryant touchdown celebrating, biased Blandino is now in charge of all replays? That’s ridiculous. He needs to recuse himself from all NFC East games. Or any game of a team that can effect Cowboys playoff position.

    He is the last guy who should be making final decisions on replays.

    Since he became the top official in the NFL the Cowboys have been 1 of the least penalized teams, and their opponents have been at the top of the league in penalties. Coincidence? No.

  9. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2017 3:26 PM

    It’s about time, going under the hood was a joke that should have been reserved for a bush league like the CFL.

  10. grumpysal says: Mar 28, 2017 3:31 PM

    Yeah, what could possibly go wrong with a bunch of New Yorkers put in charge of every single replay decision that affects the final score of games, I mean, it’s not like there are 3 teams in that state that could possibly benefit from it…

    Edit – yes, i know that 2 of those 3 are actually in NJ.

  11. jag1959 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:32 PM

    “If nothing else, it could help with the league’s attempt to control portions of the game for desired outcomes and it also gives them a shot at a greater degree of control over the playoff seedings, which no one in the league office is going to complain about.”

    Edited that last paragraph to reflect reality.
    The potential for abuse here is staggering. It’s the equivalent of having thieves provide security at the mint.

  12. TheDPR says: Mar 28, 2017 3:44 PM

    One to three guys, one of whom is a known incompetent with bias issues, are going to monitor up to 14 games simultaneously. Brilliant. If they don’t happen to be watching the game their current challenge is coming from, they’ll need to be brought up to speed on what happened on the play, what the call was, and what the specific challenge is. Sure, this will speed these games up loads.

  13. scw1993 says: Mar 28, 2017 3:55 PM

    The fox protecting the hen house. If you thought the game was “manipulated” before, it’ll be much worse now. Take a wild guess who is going to win with 2 minutes to go, and the game on the line….probably not your team, and certainly not mine.

    The centralized review decision makers all have their favorite teams, cough, cough, and their BOSS will be making the decisions, not the assigned individuals. Additionally, as an aside, who thinks this is going to speed up the games??

    It’s not going to speed up anything, and there are going to be a lot of angry fans.

  14. dawoger says: Mar 28, 2017 4:16 PM

    This is devastating news to the minisoda lavender lucys. Having the Refs in their back pockets is the key to most of their wins.

  15. averagejoe5050 says: Mar 28, 2017 4:20 PM

    Half way there…Now the other half is to have a booth official Buzz down like in college and challenge everything close….Also PI should be only 15 yard penalty

  16. omegalh says: Mar 28, 2017 4:21 PM

    Seems like a good move. At times, it feels like I, the viewer, know the correct call before the flag is thrown. Central should be able to do it as fast.

  17. seabrawk12 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:02 PM

    another awful goodell move.

    GOODELL MUST GO
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    Wrong! This is a GREAT move. Most owners and coaches agree. Finally NFL can hopefully get the calls right on the field. They’re still be plenty of ref mistakes but love that games possible game changing plays can be challenged. No more free wins for Seattle, hopefully.

    ____________________________________

    We can’t tell which team you hate. Which team do you hate?

  18. wcman says: Mar 28, 2017 5:04 PM

    This change is long overdue. Not only did it take a ridiculous amount of time after the Ref sauntered over to the sideline and then took forever under the hood, but there were times they still got it wrong. With centralized replay you take the human element out of it – ref siding with the call if it’s even close to preserve their credibility – and you speed up the process. Best rule change they’ve made in awhile.

  19. eojtrid says: Mar 28, 2017 5:20 PM

    The dog and pony show is officially over. What took you so long?

  20. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2017 5:45 PM

    “If nothing else, it could help with the league’s attempt to streamline portions of the game for broadcast purposes, but it also gives them a shot at a greater degree of consistency, which no one’s going to complain about.”

    True. What we will complain about is Blandino looking at his script to see which team the NFL brass wants to win and making the call in keeping with that script. We will complain very loudly about that.

  21. denverscott says: Mar 28, 2017 6:03 PM

    Pats fans would whine if they dropped the ticket price to zero and gave out free food and beer during the game. Everything is against the pats. Every story relates to the pats. The world revolves around the pats, like the flushed remnants in a toilet bowl .

  22. imodan says: Mar 28, 2017 6:10 PM

    Considering 99.9% of the time those of us watching at home or in the stadiums knew within a minute if the call should be reversed or not this should be a vast improvement. Until you add in the Blandino effect. I expect all heck to break out the first time that clown screws up. But, it will be interesting to see him tweet out his own mistake and throw himself under the bus in real time.

  23. bobdancer says: Mar 28, 2017 6:15 PM

    This is already happening on turnovers and scoring plays. Most of those reviews happen fairly quickly and without controversy.

    The very nature of replay review is it is going to be on the controversial plays.

    Whether you like Blandino personally or not, he’s not personally going to be doing this except possibly on the standalone games (i.e. Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night.) On the two daytime Sunday slots, we have several games going at once. Each game will probably have its own crew.

  24. laserw says: Mar 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    The fact that Dan Blandodo has not fired the three most incompetent referees in the game – Jeffie Sue Tripplette, Ed Hockul, and Jerome Boogers speaks volumes about how much we can trust him with replay.

  25. blogatron2000 says: Mar 28, 2017 7:15 PM

    If this change truly streamlines the replay process and we see consistently accurate results, it will be a win for the fans and for the game. I truly hope that’s the case because inconsistent/bad officiating has made the game pretty tough to watch the last couple of seasons.

  26. imodan says: Mar 28, 2017 7:19 PM

    bobdancer says:
    Mar 28, 2017 6:15 PM
    This is already happening on turnovers and scoring plays. Most of those reviews happen fairly quickly and without controversy.

    The very nature of replay review is it is going to be on the controversial plays.

    Whether you like Blandino personally or not, he’s not personally going to be doing this except possibly on the standalone games (i.e. Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night.) On the two daytime Sunday slots, we have several games going at once. Each game will probably have its own crew.
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    Bob, I believe I saw there will be 3 people to do reviews. I could be wrong.

  27. kenmasters34 says: Mar 28, 2017 7:20 PM

    They should bring back Mike Carey and give him the final say.

  28. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 28, 2017 7:39 PM

    Centralized corruption more like it.

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