NFLRA takes issue with perception (reality) that some officials were let go

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The NFL has seen 18.5-percent turnover in its game officials over the last two years.  And for good reason; as V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino said earlier this month, the league won’t keep officials who aren’t getting the job done.

“If an official isn’t performing up to the standards then they won’t be in the NFL,” Blandino said, confirming that the league “moved on from” some officials.

“Any official, in any competitive arena, could have a poor season, so one season may not necessarily cause us to terminate an official,” Blandino said.  “But if it becomes a trend, multiple seasons, we have a tier-based ranking system, the third tier being the lowest performers.  Once they enter Tier 3 we put them in an enhanced training regimen and put them in that program, and if we still don’t see improvement, that’s when we move on.”

The NFL Referees Association has taken issue with the characterization that five officials have been fired, via a Saturday morning press release.

“It is a totally inaccurate and disrespectful to these outstanding retiring game officials for anyone to give the impression or infer they were fired,” NFLRA executive director Jim Quirk said.  “After the reports surfaced, we immediately reached out to the League with our concerns.  We were pleased that during this conversation, management admitted that their public statements were misinterpreted, and they did not mean to give the impression the five retiring officials were fired.”

So who are the five officials who retired?  The NFLRA won’t say.

“Medical privacy laws do not permit me to publicly name the 20-plus-year veteran game officials who retired due to medical conditions,” Quirk said.

For 2015, the NFL has hired nine new officials, with five replacing those who aren’t returning and four new positions.

A league source confirmed that the NFLRA privately objected to the characterization the NFL has fired “some of its worst officials.”  But the source also acknowledged that some of the officials who “retired” had no intention of retiring, and thus were let go.

Which means that the league moved on from them.  Which means they were some of the league’s worst officials.

Before anyone takes up the cause of the officials who were involuntarily retired, keep in mind the broader goal of getting as many calls right as possible.  If people aren’t able to do that on a consistent basis, failure of the NFL to move on from “some of its worst officials” would justify far more criticism than whatever criticism has arisen from the league’s effort to improve the pool of game officials.

30 responses to “NFLRA takes issue with perception (reality) that some officials were let go

  1. The league should start clearing out some of the deadweight in their front office. They can start with Kinsil.

  2. “Medical privacy laws do not permit me to publicly name the 20-plus-year veteran game officials who retired due to medical conditions,” Quirk said.

    Retiring does not necessarily equate to medical conditions. And if HIPPA is preventing you from speaking about it, why are you bringing up medical conditions at all?

  3. The fact that Jerome Boger still has a job says that the NFL still needs some more turnover

  4. Since none of them are full time, I hope that they are not forced into retirement for not doing their job in their other jobs, ie I hope they are doing their other jobs well enough to not be forced to retire.

  5. Deano Blandino should fire himself, since he is worse than anyone they let go

  6. Smells fishy, did the NFL fire them or was it Vegas, lot’s of bad calls the past few years have really come through for Vegas and the line makers.

  7. Hell… It’s a part time job… This is like me firing the guy who needs extra cash delivering the Sunday paper..someone else will do it..

  8. “Medical privacy laws do not permit me to publicly name the 20-plus-year veteran game officials who retired due to medical conditions,” Quirk said.
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    BS. The laws such as HIPPA prevent divulging specific medical conditions. What has been requested is a simple employment status or list of current employees and that is not illegal to divulge

  9. Vegas own the NFL, what stays in Vegas, stays in Vegas. The referees are Brought and paid for, by the NFL owners to manipulate Vegas on the point spread.

  10. “Any official, in any competitive arena, could have a poor season, so one season may not necessarily cause us to terminate an official,” Blandino said. “But if it becomes a trend, multiple seasons, we have a tier-based ranking system, the third tier being the lowest performers. Once they enter Tier 3 we put them in an enhanced training regimen and put them in that program, and if we still don’t see improvement, that’s when we move on.”
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    What I don’t understand is this: Are there going to be “tier 3” refs every year? What if all the officials do a good job? Are they still going to send guys to training or possibly fire them just because they’re in tier 3?

  11. Take a breath folks. You all are ready to tar, feather and fire the Referee (white hat), but what you don’t seem to get is that the Referee usually is enforcing penalties that are called by one of the other six game officials. If those guys kick a call, which does not go unnoticed by the league, but the Referee must enforce what is called on the field which is what most of you are reacting to. As I said, take a breath and learn how the game is officiated.

  12. Hopefully, the crew that butchered the Detroit at Dallas playoff game will be put on a block of ice in Alaska…then shoved away from shore.

  13. Almost certainly a lower turnover rate than any other employment related to the NFL outside of ownership or the league office in NY. I’m certain that the officials strike that really embarrassed the powers that be has nothing to do with this. Oh, and please “retire” Roger ASAP.

  14. All the Refs from Detroit vs Dallas playoff game should be “retired” they where terrible!

  15. Hey Moe did you see my striped shirt ask Curley. I think Larry took it, mine is gone to. Nah Larry’s striped shirt is missing also and he says he saw some guy in a limo put them in the trunk and speed away.

  16. This league has zero credibility.

    If anyone was actually fired, it was for refusing to cooperate with the leagues agenda.

    WWE is a more realistic sport at this point.

  17. one more time….that Detroit Dallas game was an overstuffed clowncar doing a chinese fire drill whilst circling a dumpster fire in the middle of a crapstorm on the shores of jackass island…all of those guys should be given a pink slip and a Cowboys jersey for old times sake

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