If at first you don’t succeed, something something Mike Carey wasn’t very good on television.
After a year with no answer to FOX’s Mike Pereira following the failed Carey experiment, CBS is expected to hire NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino, per multiple media sources with knowledge of the situation.
Blandino, unlike Carey, has extensive experience explaining NFL rules and their application extemporaneously. Carey was very effective reciting simple, plain messages like “holding . . . number 55 . . . offense . . . 10-yard penalty . . . still first down,” but he struggled to explain NFL rules and to evaluate replay decisions persuasively and authoritatively.
With Blandino, CBS gets the guy who has been communicating directly with the on-site referee during all replay reviews over the past several years. So he knows how to quickly assess the visual evidence and, in turn, how to explain what he sees.
The belief in league circles is that Blandino will be making as much or more money at CBS, with far fewer responsibilities and organizational headaches and dynamics. He’ll no longer have to worry about supervising officials, hearing from unhappy owners, explaining himself to the Commissioner, or otherwise doing anything but focusing on helping the audience understand the available visual evidence after a play that is being reviewed.
UPDATE 11:11 a.m. ET: Despite multiple reports that Blandino is heading to CBS, CBS denies it.
UPDATE 11:56 a.m. ET: PFT reports it’s likely FOX.