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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.

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  1. touchdownelvis says: Apr 14, 2017 8:47 AM

    Can he take Roger with him?

  2. happy1114 says: Apr 14, 2017 8:56 AM

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

  3. meadowlandssports says: Apr 14, 2017 8:59 AM

    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.

  4. walker1191 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:00 AM

    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.

  5. 26predator says: Apr 14, 2017 9:03 AM

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

    Sincerely,

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

  6. seangphotography1 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:04 AM

    I’m sure this has nothing to do with the new Centralized replay system…

  7. tjacks7 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:06 AM

    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.

  8. cobrala2 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:07 AM

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

  9. losingisnotanoption says: Apr 14, 2017 9:08 AM

    Jumping off a sinking ship lead by Captain Goodell.

    Well… not really sinking, but definitely in turmoil.

    Smart move for greener pastures.

  10. vtravi00 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:09 AM

    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.

  11. streetyson says: Apr 14, 2017 9:10 AM

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

  12. firerogergoodellnow says: Apr 14, 2017 9:12 AM

    See ya! Good riddance!

  13. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 14, 2017 9:20 AM

    Where do I apply? I have as much experience and qualification, which is none, that Blandino had when he got the job.

    I want to be living the Highlife…on Jerry’s party bus!

  14. jag1959 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:21 AM

    Seems like a superfluous hire. If he holds true to form he’ll agree with the call on the field 99.999% of the time.

  15. jm91rs says: Apr 14, 2017 9:22 AM

    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.

  16. struckgold49er says: Apr 14, 2017 9:22 AM

    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!!..

  17. coutre says: Apr 14, 2017 9:23 AM

    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.

  18. niners816 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:23 AM

    Take Mike Pereira with you.

  19. celticsforever says: Apr 14, 2017 9:37 AM

    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.

  20. 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.

  21. gregbeau says: Apr 14, 2017 9:41 AM

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. irsaysneedle says: Apr 14, 2017 9:49 AM

    this guy is the ONLY reason my colts are SO BAD

  24. occoconut says: Apr 14, 2017 9:58 AM

    Phil Simms AND Dean Blandino gone! I might have to start watching football again.

  25. sportnik2 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:58 AM

    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!

  26. squackduckhawk says: Apr 14, 2017 9:58 AM

    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.

  27. Bill's got balls! says: Apr 14, 2017 10:01 AM

    Dude was worse than Sean Spicer when it came to explaining stuff.

  28. dave91680 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:06 AM

    There is a GOD!!

  29. intrafinesse says: Apr 14, 2017 10:06 AM

    I’m not sure who I dislike more, Dean or Roger.

    I hope Blandino busts in his new gig.

  30. celticsforever says: Apr 14, 2017 10:13 AM

    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. 🙂

  31. jimnh1 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:15 AM

    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.

  32. charger383 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    NFL got a little better

  33. sdchicken says: Apr 14, 2017 10:19 AM

    He probably got tired of having to make up reasons why a catch isn’t a catch.

  34. patriots123456 says: Apr 14, 2017 10:30 AM

    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…

  35. fumblenuts says: Apr 14, 2017 10:45 AM

    The Frito Blandino on my TV…….volume will be on MUTE!

  36. jazzawakens says: Apr 14, 2017 11:03 AM

    So not at the NFL but on TV?

    Yay??

  37. grumpysal says: Apr 14, 2017 11:15 AM

    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.

  38. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 14, 2017 11:41 AM

    Find a place for Morelli, Boger and Leavy and I just might start watching again….I would say take Hochuli, but he’s too much of a camera hog when we already have too many of those.

  39. jstew0103 says: Apr 14, 2017 11:47 AM

    *Morgan Freeman voice*
    …and there was dancing in the streets…

  40. eatme2259 says: Apr 14, 2017 11:50 AM

    A head of cabbage would be better than Mike Carey. Did he even get one call right?

  41. 6250claimer says: Apr 14, 2017 11:54 AM

    This guy couldn’t make a call from a phone booth. Just like most NFL refs.

  42. imodan says: Apr 14, 2017 11:54 AM

    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.

  43. jazzawakens says: Apr 14, 2017 12:27 PM

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

    ——————–

    Pash

  44. vikingjack73 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:39 PM

    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

  45. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 14, 2017 12:41 PM

    Lets hope his replacement is not another failed stand up comedian

  46. sweetnlow44 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:44 PM

    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.

  47. manderson4150 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:49 PM

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

  48. whatevnfl says: Apr 14, 2017 1:05 PM

    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.

  49. hoberkunce says: Apr 14, 2017 1:32 PM

    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.

  50. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 14, 2017 1:47 PM

    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.

  51. db105 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:14 PM

    The NFL officially became the WWE when Blandino was caught on the Cowboys part bus.

  52. brooks33blog says: Apr 14, 2017 6:01 PM

    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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