Dean Blandino leaving league to work in television

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Dean Blandino will still be watching video of replays this fall. He just won’t be doing it for the NFL.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the league’s vice president of officiating is leaving the league to take a job with a television network.

That’s a significant shakeup for the league at a time when centralized replay review is coming online and they’re trying to improve the consistency (and quality) of the on-field product.

Blandino has been in charge of officiating for the league since 2013. It’s unclear which network he’s working for, but Blandino has a bit of presence, and he’ll have to be better than former official Mike Carey was for CBS.

52 responses to “Dean Blandino leaving league to work in television

  1. Another Goddell hire that backfired, Pissed off all the officials that were qualified for the job. Its was not Blandino’s fault…

  2. Fox certainly isn’t getting rid of Pereira, so CBS seems like a natural fit. He’d be a waste on NBC or ESPN since they only have the one game… the benefit of an officiating analyst is the ability to jump into all the network’s games on Sunday afternoon and give his perspective.

  3. So now if I want to watch a football game I get 3 hours of Rex Ryan and Dean Blandino? Honestly, I think I might just give the whole thing up.

  4. Let the doorknob hit you where the good lord split you.

    Sincerely,

    Fans of the Detroit Lions, er um, entire league.

  5. Thank goodness. I wonder what network is in desperate need of a guy who doesn’t know the rule? Is Mike Carey still employed? Blandibo could seamlessly replace him.

  6. Correction: Blandino has been in charge of Rog’s dirty work that has stained the game since 2013.

  7. Good Riddence. This guy would never admit when the refs messed up. Also never got the catch rule straight. Oversaw a huge increase in penalties called. The game has gotten worse under his watch.

  8. To be fair, there aren’t that many other avenues for a brown-nosing and self-contradictory NFL-rulebook know-nothing, excuse-making machine.

  9. I would think that likeability has a lot to do with the success of a television guy. Blandino had no likeability when he was schilling for the league. He’s young and seemed to have some personality, but he was just super unlikable on camera.

  10. I’m not shocked one bit. Blandino has been building his brand on television attempting to explain some of the ridiculous rules in the NFL for years now!!..

  11. Can’t wait to see who Troy Vincent hires next…he has hired Kim Fields, Rod Graves, Arthur McAfee, Jamil Northcutt…there is quite a pattern here.
    Anyone know of any former team execs who have failed and been fired multiple times?
    That would be your next officiating guy. Or gal. Whatever company hack of a yes man will tell Troy how wonderful he is.

  12. In other news…. Jeff Fisher has been hired as the head of officiating. With his 20+ years of success in the league and his wealth of refereeing experience.

  13. Still ripping Mike Carey. Dude wasn’t even as bad as Pereira but lost his job because of the media outcry.

  14. I saw the piece Katie Nolan did with Blandino for NFL Network on the “what is a catch?” debacle and he was actually quite good. One of the things I didn’t know was that he used to be a standup comedian and so he is comfortable in front of a camera. He even did a bit of schtick in the piece. Sounds like a good fit. Best of luck, on CBS I presume.

  15. Hey Celticsforever…no way Jeff Fisher would get the gig…Fisher had a year long affair w/Blandino’s assistant – how do you think he got the job?
    That would be too awkward for Fisher to get the gig. She is still there.

  16. Dean was too impartial for Dirty Roger and his band of.formet NY Jet employees. With the NY office taking control of all replays, it’s a virtual certainty that Dirty Roger will insert a former employee of the Giants or Jets in this role.

    With Dean out of the way, Dirty Roger is one step closer to realizing his dream of turning the NFL into the WEE!

  17. I am really tired of networks throwing these dirtbag ex-refs at us. More than half the time their “experts” get it wrong. Whatever channel hires Blandino, I will not be watching.

  18. coutre says:
    Apr 14, 2017 9:46 AM

    Hey Celticsforever…no way Jeff Fisher would get the gig…Fisher had a year long affair w/Blandino’s assistant – how do you think he got the job?
    That would be too awkward for Fisher to get the gig. She is still there.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hey Coutre. I did not know that. Hilarious!! Something that should be saved for a soap opera perhaps? There’s got to be a 7-9 joke in there somewhere. 🙂

  19. Now if Troy Vincent would just leave with Roger it all might get good again. I thought Dean was fairly good but was surprised when the referee would differ with what he would explain on TV.

  20. I think Blandino is a little smarter than we all thought.

    He knows whoever is in the 345 Park Ave. seat making the final decisions on game day is going to get all kinds of heat for their mistakes.

    He made a smart decision bailing out before the Titanic sailed…

  21. The scariest thing about this is that the NFL announced him as the centralized reply guy in NY – with him gone, does that mean Herr Goddell will step in and take that roll over while they “look for” a replacement?

    Think about that, Goddell single handedly making the reply decisions on games – if folks thought the NFL had issues with favorite teams before, it’s going to be 100x worse now.

  22. bkostela says:
    Apr 14, 2017 9:39 AM
    Still ripping Mike Carey. Dude wasn’t even as bad as Pereira but lost his job because of the media outcry.
    ————————————————————-
    The reason Carey came across looking bad is because he was wrong so many times trying to predict what incompetant officials would rule. Many times I agreed with his assessment only to be shocked(why, I don’t know) at the decision made. As for Blandino, I smell the old resign or be fired game in play. The guy was a lightning rod and let’s face it, totally unqualified.

  23. intrafinesse says:
    Apr 14, 2017 10:06 AM
    I’m not sure who I dislike more, Dean or Roger.

    ——————–

    Pash

  24. Good riddance!!
    A total embarrassment to the league!

    He was completely under qualified to head the officials
    His excuses were flimsy and rarely based in reality
    Thank God fans don’t have to deal with Deano Blandino!

    If he does land with CBS, I will mute the TV every time he is on
    He’s a joke and has ZERO credibility with fans

  25. Best news I’ve heard in a long time. Officiating has been an absolute trainwreck since this guy was in charge of it. And he’s a worse liar than politicians.

  26. This “Ken Doll” and captain “No Pimple” will spout his alledged knowledge for our benefit….can’t wait.

  27. I think this move shows that the NFL office and football ops is in more chaos than ever. Wonder if they are regretting that vote to centralize replay now. Should be a fun year to watch….coaches going crazy.

  28. To be fair, there aren’t that many other avenues for a brown-nosing and self-contradictory NFL-rulebook know-nothing, excuse-making machine.
    —————–
    Mr. Blandino, the Lions front office is on line 1.

  29. Blandino made the right move. I’m sure he’ll be just as useless as Perreira and Carey, but he’s going to make way more money over the next five years than he would have if he stayed with the League.

  30. It’s about damn time. Now the next director of officiating should be…you know….someone that’s been on the field and actually knows the ins and outs of officiating

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