Dean Blandino: Rate of mistakes by officials same as past years

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It seems like every week of the 2015 season has featured an officiating decision that’s become a talking point well after the games have come to an end, leading to punishments for officials who have made mistakes and admissions from the league that things were not handled correctly on the field.

Some of those mistakes have directly cost teams games while others have played a big role in the outcomes of games, which has made many people wonder if officiating is getting worse. During an appearance on PFT Live with Mike Florio on Wednesday, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said that isn’t the league’s read on the situation.

Blandino said he doesn’t believe officiating is any different than it has been in past years and told Florio that the league’s review of roughly 26,000 plays through Week 11 have found 4.5 correctable mistakes by officials per game. Blandino argued that increased scrutiny of the officials has led to greater focus when things go wrong.

“I think technology has been great for us, it’s been a great training tool, but it’s also allowed for more people to have more outlets to critique officiating,” Blandino said. “Look, we’ve had some mistakes in some high profile situations. There’s no way around that. We own that. We have to make sure that we correct those things. Our mistake rate isn’t any different than it’s been in years past, but we have had some high profile situations and people have more avenues to discuss those things.”

The discussion of scrutiny through technology led to a question about whether the league has considered having officials reviewing video of games separately from the current replay system in order to provide more real-time information to officials who don’t have the benefit of multiple video angles in high definition. Blandino said it is something the league has considered and that he thinks there’s merit to exploring it further, but that the league needs to “empower officials on the field” without having someone looking over their shoulder on every play. 

147 responses to “Dean Blandino: Rate of mistakes by officials same as past years

  1. Even if this were true, and it obviously isn’t, how does he justify no improvements over the years, how does he justify his job?

  2. This is the biggest hump of crap i have ever heard in my life. They need younger men in there who can actually move around and can see. But the biggest criteria is that they need some dang common sense

  3. The apologist for the officiating has spoken … again … and the message is the same … as always.

  4. The NFL office thinks they can do and say whatever they please. More and more the league appears to be run by Bozo the Clown and crew.

  5. Timing is everything. The most scrutinized calls are happening at the ends of games with very little time to overcome them. And in turn, these calls are affecting the outcomes of games.

  6. If the league needs to empower the officials on the field, the next logical question is, “Why? If there are better ways to get the job done, what does it matter where the eyes watching the play are located?”

    How did this kid get such an important job in a multibillion dollar industry anyway?

  7. Does Blindino realize that by nature fans have a vested interest in their team, and the league has a vested interest in having fans?

    Hearing excuses week after week is getting old.

  8. Through Week 11 there were, by my count, 160 games. At 4.5 mistakes per game, that’s… 720 errors.

    I mean, it’s exactly the same statistic that Blandino is citing, just framed differently. Doesn’t sound like they’re quite so competent this way though, does it?

  9. As a Patriots fan, we tend not to complain about the officials because if you win it is a moot point. The Patriots and their fans were remarkably silent about the poor officiating in their week 10 game against the Giants (a number of phantom PI calls) and the week 11 game against the Bills (inadvertent whistle). Alas, the week 12 game against the Broncos was not only riddled with questionable calls and non-calls, many of those calls came on critical game-changing plays.

    Blandino sounds like a naive observer when he discusses the quantity of officials’ mistakes versus the game-changing nature of those calls, especially coming from a league office that mouths “integrity of the game” platitudes to justify its own questionable actions.

  10. The clown admits he hasn’t accomplished a thing and uses the lame excuse that the rate of mistakes hasn’t changed. So there it is. The head of officials is okay with lousy, no improvement in sight officiating. Has the NFL done anything right under the Goddell regime? Anything? Not counting making the owners and TV networks obscenely richer that is.

  11. They’re officiating the league right into the ground.
    What’s amazing is they’re so freaking blind they can’t see it. The day the referee’s decide which teams win games and not the players and coaches, is the day I stop watching the NFL.
    From the looks of it, that day is quickly approaching.

  12. S, the officials are doing a consistent job making sure the teams the league wan’ts to win are winning.
    The NFL definition of “competency”…

  13. For me, the real problem is the amount of rules. It’s absurd and unwatchable when teams have ten flags a piece. Then you have all the down-time from ref reviews. But, since the league insists on promoting high-scoring games to attract disinterested fantasy football and lowest-common-denominator fans, we will continue seeing less compelling games.

  14. I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I’ve been thinking for some time the officials are on a crusade to force the NFL to make all officials full time employees. What better way of accomplishing this is there than to have so many officials making bad calls that it’s impossible to replace all of them?

  15. You can’t even make this up. But coming on the heels of a terrible weekend of officiating, the ironic SI Cover Pic, and now the NFL Network is airing the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl. And anyone who watched that, seen the officials win that game for the Steelers with some of the worse officiating I’ve ever seen, in the biggest game of the year. Is the NFL’s PR department already on Christmas Vacation or what? Of all the Super Bowl’s they chose that one to air right now, in the midst of all these officiating controversies. UNREAL.

  16. The number of correctable mistakes is meaningless without context. If one correctable mistake is a missed holding call in the first quarter of a blowout and the other correctable mistake is missing a batted ball that would give the other team first down at the 1-yard line at the end of a one-score game, they aren’t comparable.

  17. I have no idea why they don’t use the game feed video we see. The replay video is a joke since we get more angles than the field refs. At a cinti game they had on the big monitor what the replay official was looking at. They called it “Under the Hood”. You got to see what the refs were looking at as they bounced from angle to angle, slowing it down, reversing the play. No wonder they make mistakes

  18. Poor officiating and its impact upon games is the biggest reason my interest in the NFL has waned. It’s only a matter of time before I cancel Sunday ticket and NFL mobile, cease traveling from AR to attend games, remove this app and stop watching televised games. That is unless they improve the officiating and therefore product on the field.

  19. “…provide more real-time information to officials who don’t have the benefit of multiple video angles in high definition”

    This has to happen somehow. Bronko Nagurski isn’t playing anymore. Time to give officials the same view to a game that the other 50m people watching have.

  20. ARBITRARY – That’s the key word here. A case can be made on technicalities that most of the calls they made in the Pats game were correct calls. But the SI cover proves the point that the arbitrary nature of those calls is what is killing the game.

    How can the players know what they can and cannot do when calls are made on one player, and not the other. When a penalty is called on one play, that the very same thing is let go on another.

    Give HC’s 2 shots at challenging anything and that will end 90% of the complaining. Either that on end instant replay and let the officials simply become part of the imperfect nature of the game that we should live with.

  21. NFL officials are HUMAN, and are imperfect. If you people want to hold officials accountable so badly, why don’t you take the time to look at the hundreds, probably thousands, of ineffective programs that politicians (mostly left-wing) create that serve to profit their political buddies and waste billions of taxpayer dollars?

    I back NFL officials 100%, they are allowed to be imperfect in the same manner that union-protected NFL players are allowed to get away with murder but are always given second chances by NFL teams at the behest of the left-wing media.

  22. He is the Problem…..should not be looking at him for solutions…It’s a good thing that the NFL is in the football business because they would be an utter failure in the real world with the
    incompetency in that League office….

  23. THAT’S THE PROBLEM DEAN.

    Is it too late to change my username to FireDeanBlandino?

  24. The rate of error per game may not have changed much, but the impact of those errors lately has been greater than in the past. I don’t recall blown calls in the past actually determining, or heavily influencing, the outcome of games. At least, not at the rate they seem to be occurring.

  25. Baghdad Blandino predicts fans will soon surrender and the Park Avenue Regime will continue to deliver a fantasy enhanced package where stats dominate, not final scores.

  26. Blandino “believes” it’s not getting worse? Would he like to maybe, I dunno, do a study? Compare statistics? Someone get fivethirtyeight on the phone. Just don’t use Exponent.

    Blandino looks like his competence matches the rest of the NFL front office, anyway.

  27. i get a kick out of Titans Coach Mike Mularkey whining and snibling about the call against the Titans…….does he not realize that his team had 9 first downs by way of penalties in that game. The Raiders had 4x’s the penalties than his team! His team did not even convert a third down play all game on their own until late in the 4th qtr…if not for bogus penalties,(and flags that got picked on because somehow a receiver who only got one foot down before he had a helmet to helmet to hit, was declared a runner, lol), and the only one call against the Titans the entire game(until the late 4th qtr make up call) this ganme was a blow out.

    Quit whining! Go Raiders!

  28. Big difference between the “rate” of mistakes and the type of mistakes. Blandino’s “rate” explanation is like saying there’s no difference between a ticket for speeding 5 mph over the limit on an empty highway at 3 am, and a ticket for reckless driving during rush hour that caused someone else to crash and hurt themselves… both are a “rate” of one ticket issued, but one is clearly worse than the other. We’ve seen multiple instances this year of teams who either got an unearned play or didn’t get an earned play due to mistakes by the officials on the final snap of the game, where one score would change the outcome.

  29. Lol…if you people are so discontent, quit watching. Contributing to the league’s ratings and revenue every week while complaining does nothing to show the league that there is an actual problem. The bottom line being affected is the only thing that will.

    See you on Sunday…

  30. He also announced that henceforth, a catch is only a catch if the receiver retains possession long enough to incur a penalty for Excessive Celebration using the Ball as a Prop.

  31. Best thing the league can do is get rid of the “Mel Blunt Rule” So many of these ridiculous bad calls are made on PI calls and Defensive holding, and now the new one, Offensive PI. Let them (WR’s?CB’s) fight for the ball all over the field until it is thrown in the air. Players safety is still being protected, they would just be allowing football players to, well, play football. Imagine that.

  32. titanfanforlife says:
    Dec 2, 2015 12:59 PM

    This is the biggest hump of crap i have ever heard in my life. They need younger men in there who can actually move around and can see. But the biggest criteria is that they need some dang common sense

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    This is actually one of the problems. Younger generally means less experienced which means more missed calls.

  33. longtimefanh8tr says:
    Dec 2, 2015 1:48 PM

    Donald Trump has more credibility.
    ——

    Ouch

  34. Is it a correct assumption that the reason it didn’t seem so bad before is because social media wasn’t as intense and it was easier for the NFL to ignore the noise?

  35. Hang on guys. Remember. This is the NFL finding the mistakes. The same NFL that thinks Dez didn’t catch the ball.

  36. Review Anything! Belichick is right. It’s blatantly obvious. If Jacksonville wins a game on a FG vs. Baltimore that should have been offsides then stop the game and get it right. If Patriots lose a game because of a phantom PI call then huddle up say “there was no flag” and move on. Get it right is the point. Many other outcomes are there too, those just jumped out at me. Being able to review ANYTHING would solve EVERYTHING. Something tells me the NFL doesn’t want it that way though. They are more concerned with the “integrity” of the game.

  37. Why isn’t the official’s union publishing error rates like they did when there were replacement refs?

    Publishing the replacement refs mistakes was their union’s way to apply pressure but they stopped publishing these when the real refs returned because the real refs results were not that much better.

  38. Umm, err…

    1. That’s NOT a good thing. You should be looking to improve, not get worse or tread water.

    2. It’s not the RATE, but WHEN these calls come in the game compared to how they call the entire game, as well as how they were calling them in relation to the other team.

    Goodell is a CHEATER

    This is a perfect example of him cheating behind the scenes to weaken the Pats for parity purposes.

  39. rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 2, 2015 1:06 PM

    I still don’t understand how a person that has never been an official is head of the officials???
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    I’ve read that he was Goodellbot’s personal PlayStation trainer, or something like that.

  40. “the league’s review of roughly 26,000 plays through Week 11 have found 4.5 correctable mistakes by officials per game.”
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    TOTAL Blandino BS!!!

    11 weeks = 11×16 games – 16 bye games = 160 games
    26,000 plays / 160 games = 162

    However, average plays per game in 2015 so far actually = 65
    (highest is Houston on 72, lowest is St Louis on 58)

    NFL can’t do simple math – does that surprise anyone? They clearly just made these figures up like they did with deflategate.

  41. 1. Fire Goodell and his creepy minions who are former Jets employees.

    2. Eliminate the ref union.

    3. Fire all current refs.

    4. Hire FULL TIME, younger refs, who appreciate the game, know the game, the rules, etc, and will enjoy the 6 figure salary.

  42. Well, what would you guys like me to say? That the officiating has gotten significantly worse under my watch?

    Guys, I’m an ex stand up comedian and now I make millions every year to be the NFL’s chief of officiating, do you really think I’m going to come out and tell the truth and jeopardize my yearly salary?

    HA

    And PS

    GO J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!

  43. Having the same amount of incorrect calls as in the past years isn’t a good thing, Dean. Not an accomplishment I would want to be throwing out there. What about continuous improvement year after year?

  44. Hate on the officials all you want…

    The fact is the officials do not have bionic vision. They do not have the benefit of 16 different camera angles and slow motion on every aspect of every play. They call the game from the field and they make spit second judgement calls.

    You complain about college officiating, highschool officiating and middle school officiating. Who the hell do you think is going to work these games and magically make you happy?

    Get off your couch, and register to become a certified official.

    Let’s see you earn your stripes without hiding behind your HDTV & DVR.

  45. He’s right. There are just a lot more people on social media these days that have nothing better to do than complain about anything and everything (we finally get to be experts at something), and also there is fantastic camera work and video technology that we didn’t have before. But, we could always bring back the replacement refs if that’s what everyone wants.

  46. brucetrimble says:
    Dec 2, 2015 1:15 PM
    Poor officiating and its impact upon games is the biggest reason my interest in the NFL has waned. It’s only a matter of time before I cancel Sunday ticket and NFL mobile, cease traveling from AR to attend games, remove this app and stop watching televised games. That is unless they improve the officiating and therefore product on the field.
    =================
    Kudos! While fans are calling each other out as whiners, the real change only comes as a result of this. How bad is the quality of the product if everybody keeps watching it?

  47. That’s probably true based on the fact the NFL isn’t admitting to most officiating mistakes. And the reason they are so noticeable this year is the mistakes are In crucial moments and determining outcomes

  48. Don’t shoot the messenger here…

    And I’m not a referee apologist….they have sucked….but… It’s also blown WAY out of proportion of how quickly social media, and puzzlingly….the league itself has been publicizing these calls.

    It’s not like blown calls at I opportune times are unique to 2015…

    Can you imagine what these boards, Twitter and Facebook would have been like after Jerry Rice Fumbled in the 1998 playoff game ???

    It was barely spoke of the next day…maybe a mention.

    In today’s times….we would have had 68 straight hours of coverage on it.

  49. The CFL allows challenges for DPI this year, and it was used and worked in the Grey Cup.

    And the best part? It took all of 30 seconds! The head ref just waited until hq reviewed it and let him know that it was indeed DPI. He turned on his mic and said it was so.

    They didn’t even have time to go to a commercial break!!!!!!!

    Easily implemented, done quickly and efficiently and the game kept rolling. Just like that.

    The NFL should look at that and see how it should be done. Then improve it to include all plays and actions on the field with same amount of challenges as they currently have.

  50. billswillnevermove says: Dec 2, 2015 12:58 PM

    This guy is not only an idiot, he is a bold face liar too.
    ______________________

    Are we still talking about Blandino, or did we switch to Goodell? Cuz I was having a hard time telling the two apart, you’ll need to be more specific when referencing one of the liars, I mean employees, of the league office.

  51. The mistake rate is the same? By what subjective measure? Any objective measure evaluation, like say the old fashion Mark 1 eyeballs we all have, would conclude something very different. His statement just doesn’t pass the BS test.

  52. On the one hand, I want to see better officiating. I think we all do. On the other, I don’t want the games to get any longer with every play potentially resulting in somebody buzzing the refs from NY.

    NCFFL in 2115 (the No Contact Flag Football League, of course)… ref throws yellow penalty indicator – probably some kind of hologram – which initiates a process where he becomes a “prosecutor”, the accused team picks a “defense attorney” from an available pool, a jury trial composed of other refs, players, coaches and fans convenes, holographic video evidence is reviewed and the jury decides if it’s a legitimate penalty or not. Games take 3 days to play and seasons last 48 weeks, not counting the Super Bowl (which will have long since been renamed the “Brawndo Bowl”).

  53. Officiating is no worse. TV coverage is so much better that mistakes are now more easily seen; and seen again, and again, and again…

    All plays should be reviewable by coaches.

    Replay officials in the booth and/or in NY should be able to “buzz” the officials on the field in the event of critical error.

    Officials should be full-time employees, young enough and physically fit enough to keep pace and should have intense education before they ever see the field.

    There should actually be more officials on the field, not less…BUT… they should each have a much narrower scope of duty than current officials have.

    Officiating should be lucrative enough to attract and retain good people.

    They can afford it. This is a billion or multi-billion dollar per year industry. As mere mortals, the difference in a million and a billion often escapes us so here’s a good illustration. A million seconds goes by in roughly 11-1/2 days. A billion seconds takes 32 years.

  54. 11 weeks = 11×16 games – 16 bye games = 160 games
    26,000 plays / 160 games = 162

    However, average plays per game in 2015 so far actually = 65
    (highest is Houston on 72, lowest is St Louis on 58)

    NFL can’t do simple math….
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    It’s a little high, but you’re forgetting about defense and special teams.

    65 is the average offensive plays for a given team, not total plays. If two average teams play one another, you’ll end up with about 130 offensive (and defensive) plays. Lets say it’s a 21-28 game with no turnovers. That’s 7 PATs, 9 kickoffs, and however many punts and missed fieldgoals there are – probably about 11 – 13 given average possession stats. You’re awfully close to that 162/game number.

  55. ajsjr40 says:
    Dec 2, 2015 1:00 PM
    …..More and more the league appears to be run by Bozo the Clown and crew.

    We can only with the league was run by Bozo the Clown and Crew. That would be a significant improvement over Goodell and Crew.

  56. Totally put aside “the human element” lament and accept the fact that all people, in every facet of life, do make mistakes. It is called “being human.” Officials should not be put out or offended if they happen to “blow it” and there’s a system built in that points this out immediately and offers a corrective action. “Just get it right” that should be THE only consideration.

  57. there were 22, 739 offensive plays alone so far. add kickoffs, punts, field goals and extra points/conversions and, as much as I hate to admit it, they probably total pretty close to Blind-ino’s 26k.

  58. 4.5 errors per game seem about accurate. Downright embarrassing if you ask me…. How is that an allowable standard? It should be more like 1.5 with all the technology available to get them right.

    Also I notice plays still aren’t being automatically reviewed sometimes when they need to be and officials aren’t using the proper terminology when a play is reviewed as in a call stands or is confirmed. Then there are some refs who give a little explaination so you are not scratching your head at least and some who say nothing.

    These are major consistency issues that play into the lack of accounability and seemingly officials still not knowing what they are resoonsible to do…

    Uggggh….

  59. remember “You Make the Call” sponsored by IBM?

    they could have a field day with that today

  60. Translation: We’ve always sucked so who cares about holding us to high standards. When we finally do get fired we become a rules “expert” for the networks.

    How rich is that.

  61. so that means they’ve blown about 730 calls so far this year, at least those Blind-ino is willing to admit to.

  62. Hate to say it, but the only way to see real change is to stop watching the league. Only a precipitous loss in rating and dollars would make the NFL change anything

  63. @ longtimefanh8tr: Donald Trump is the best candidate available this year, in either party!

    @ everyone: Asking Dean Blandino whether officiating is better, worse or the same is like asking Brady if he cheated or Clinton if she passed Classified information accross an illegal private server.

    He is basically dismissing the expectation of better officiating by trying to suggest that because it’s always been bad…there’s no reason anyone should complain. Sorry, but the “it is what it is” defense demonstrates how badly Blandino needs to be fired!!!

  64. It’s true. But the league is finally admitting to them for whatever reason. Perhaps do they can use needing to train better officials as an excuse to charge more across the board to customers.

  65. All kidding aside, I heard a snippet of interview with him this morning. Dan Patrick asked him loads of good questions and his responses contained nothing substantive. For example, he did not defend any of the problems with officiating by explaining how the league views PI or what constitutes a catch, etc. It was predominantly damage control.

  66. No doubt Goodell has league employees posting here to try to defend the indefensible. Go tell your boss to resign and end our national nightmare.

  67. I wonder what my boss’s would do to me if I averaged 4-5 mistakes per hour I worked like your average NFL ref? Fire me or give me a week vacation with pay?

  68. Maybe refereeing can be outsourced. Some enterprising former refs could start companies that provide officiating services to various sports at all levels. Leagues would contract with these companies annually, with performance standards being written into the contracts. Compliance could be judged by independent auditors, the companies providing services could innovate in any way they think would get them more business, and the ‘product’ would live or die by how well they deliver on their contracts for services.

    All I’m saying is it might help to have a wall of separation between the officiating and the league. All the league office would have to do is scheduling, logistics, and marketing.

  69. Whether the prevailing opinion is that officiating is better, the same, or worse doesn’t really matter. The number (and situation) of errors will improve if:

    1) All officials are full-time employees – and are required to complete 20 hours of film study each week in the season, and 40 hours of study and training each week in the offseason,

    2) All officials pass rigorous physicals to ensure they can keep up with the faster action,

    3) Only formal officials can hold league leadership positions such as VP of Officiating,

    4) Simplify the rule book. For example, 2 feet in bounds and securely holding the ball makes it a catch. No “football move,” “demonstrating transition from catcher to runner,” or “holding the ball throughout the process” crap. Catch the ball with 2 feet down in bounds is a catch. Period.

  70. The easy solution would be to just go ahead on Monday/Tuesday/Friday and reverse the outcome of the games that they blew a crucial call that would have decided the game.

    That will make them get better.

  71. Good point of view, it’s always sucked so calm down as it will continue to suck.

    Regardless of mistakes in the past the goal of any business is to look for ways to make improvements with all the advancements in technology there is no reason we should accept the same number of mistakes we have had in the past!

  72. smasonsmith says:
    Dec 2, 2015 2:38 PM
    11 weeks = 11×16 games – 16 bye games = 160 games
    26,000 plays / 160 games = 162

    However, average plays per game in 2015 so far actually = 65
    (highest is Houston on 72, lowest is St Louis on 58)

    NFL can’t do simple math….
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    It’s a little high, but you’re forgetting about defense and special teams.

    65 is the average offensive plays for a given team, not total plays. If two average teams play one another, you’ll end up with about 130 offensive (and defensive) plays. Lets say it’s a 21-28 game with no turnovers. That’s 7 PATs, 9 kickoffs, and however many punts and missed fieldgoals there are – probably about 11 – 13 given average possession stats. You’re awfully close to that 162/game number.
    ———————————
    But the offensive play for team A is the same play as the defensive play for team B on the other side of the ball – it’s one play, not two – you are making the sme mistake as them.

  73. P.S. the source I saw listed those as total plays, not just offensive – so I’ll apologize in advance if that’s incorrect because it seems low. Either way, I’m sure we can all agree that the NFL gets more than 4.5 wrong and missed calls per game.

  74. billswillnevermove says:
    Dec 2, 2015 12:58 PM
    This guy is not only an idiot, he is a bold face liar too
    ————

    He may be an idiot, but so is anyone who doesn’t know it’s “bald-faced liar” not “bold faced liar.”

  75. The whole league is turning into a joke. The Commissioner can make 50 million or so but they can’t afford full time refs. Blandino is a dip, what else is his puppet a– supposed to say.

  76. From what I’ve heard the NFL has about 10% turnover in officials every year. Has anyone notice the demographics in their hiring process?

  77. smasonsmith is correct. every team has had between 793 and 642 offensive plays. even at the low end of 642 plays, 642 x 32 teams = 20,544 plays. 20,544/160 games = 129 offensive plays per game (because 2 offenses play in each game). at that is at the low end. it actually averages about 142 offensive plays/game when you take the total of each team’s offensive plays and divide by 160 games.

  78. kc114 – is it any of our business about the demographics of NFL officials?

    Should the NFL be looking into the demographics of whom you have/are dated/dating? I mean really, does demographics really matter? IMO, no it doesn’t and it is none of your business or anyone elses. they are a PRIVATE company that does NOT receive federal or state funding so who they hire shouldn’t be anyone’s business.

  79. But the offensive play for team A is the same play as the defensive play for team B on the other side of the ball – it’s one play, not two – you are making the sme mistake as them.
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    Right, but the statistic used was “offensive plays”. If two average teams play each other, EACH TEAM has offensive plays (which will be defensive plays for the other team). There will be ~130 offensive plays in a game, not 65. You have to pay attention to the statistic used when starting your math.

    Thus, the math of two average oPPG teams is:
    130 oPPG * 160 gms = 20800 offensive plays. That difference can be made up by punts, kicks, FGAs, and PATs/2PAs.

  80. Does CFB, MLB, NBA, or the NHL have a handle on officiating? No they do not. Why? Because of the human element.
    If you ppl demand perfection from NFL officials then I will demand perfection from NFL players. But since they are all human, they are flawed so the only logical solution is to replace them all with robots or cyborgs.
    This will mean the end of the NFLPA (I would LOVE this dissolution of unions) and college FB but hey, you ppl want perfection from NFL officials and the NFL yet you do not demand the same from players.

    You cannot have it both ways.

  81. there were 22, 739 offensive plays alone so far. add kickoffs, punts, field goals and extra points/conversions and, as much as I hate to admit it, they probably total pretty close to Blind-ino’s 26k.
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    See, people? 65 is roughly the average number of offensive plays per team per game. Games have two teams, so you have to count both teams if you want the total number of offensive plays per game.

  82. I noticed a problem with the officiating long before replay came around. Social media allows more people to bring it to the medias attention who brings it to the NFL’s attention.

    Officiating has been to bad for to long and Blandino is saying he doesn’t expect it to change. I think he is the one that needs to go before it gets better.

  83. In other words, Blandino is admitting that the number of CORRECTABLE mistakes has not gone down from last year.

    CORRECTABLE mistakes. Are they not being corrected? That would be bad.

    Are there different correctable mistakes now that weren’t there last year? That sounds worse.

    But worst of all, he doesn’t even realize that they are doing a bad job reducing correctable mistakes. He makes it sound like that’s OK.

    In my job, if my correctable mistakes don’t go down, there are pretty serious consequences.

  84. P.S. the source I saw listed those as total plays, not just offensive – so I’ll apologize in advance if that’s incorrect because it seems low. Either way, I’m sure we can all agree that the NFL gets more than 4.5 wrong and missed calls per game.
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    That’s cool, but yeah: 65 is the mean for offensive plays per team, not total plays per team. It can be a bit tricky, because the stat is often called “Plays Per Game,” but what’s really being counted is Offensive Plays Per Game. Lumping offensive and defensive PPG together wouldn’t make any sense, because you wouldn’t really be able to tell what unit is playing all those plays.

    In the most recent SNF game DEN had 79 offensive snaps and NE had 66 offensive snaps. There were at least another 33 special teams plays, because that the number of plays Nate Ebner played on special teams – and since he’s a safety, he might not have been in on FGA/PAT teams.

    That game (which did go to overtime – but that was a KO, 3 and out, and then maybe one first down before scoring) had over 170 plays in it.

  85. “We’ve been terrible forever, it’s just that now with replay and the Internet, more people are noticing.”
    – Blandino

    Nice job. Maybe take some of Goodell’s salary and use it to either expand the replay/challenge system (make pass interference reviewable for starters) or hire and train full-time officials.

  86. I have the following comments:
    1. As an analogy, I make 1 mistake per year in my bill pay…last year it was for $1.00, this year for $1000.00. But my rate is the same.
    2. Replay overturns are down about 15% this year from last year because the replay officials have been instructed to back up more calls on the field.
    3. What has Blandino ever done other than sit on Jerry Jone’s lap on the Cowboy’s party bus?
    4. Blandino being in charge of officials is the perfect example of current corporate management..appoint someone who has no real world experience and put him in charge of one of the most critical areas of your business because he’s a corporate shill.

  87. Dean Blandino is a geek.

    Even his name is dorky. What is his experience before coming to the NFL?

    Have you noticed his LinkedIn profile? There is no work experience listed from 1994-2008.

    Very suspicious. It’s almost like his daddy worked in the NFL and got him this job he now has.

  88. I look back at all the games I’ve watched since the 70s and think to myself, he may have a point. I’m always yelling at the TV at bad calls.

  89. ghostofgilchrist says:
    Dec 2, 2015 1:16 PM

    “…provide more real-time information to officials who don’t have the benefit of multiple video angles in high definition”

    This has to happen somehow. Bronko Nagurski isn’t playing anymore. Time to give officials the same view to a game that the other 50m people watching have.
    ————————————-

    I guess I have to ask why they don’t already have access to all of that? After all of this time, they don’t have a guy sitting in front of a television? What are the “officials in New York” looking at when they make their decisions?

  90. I think it’s very plausible to say that technology and the speed of the game is getting to the point where it exceeds human capacity to officiate.

    When you look at how intense the athleticism is and how much the game has become about small margins, so much now is happening in the area of minute details.

  91. “Blandino said it is something the league has considered and that he thinks there’s merit to exploring it further, but that the league needs to “empower officials on the field” without having someone looking over their shoulder on every play. ”

    Wait a minute. When they put the guys in New York in place and took the power to review away from the officials, Blandino crowed about the advantages to centralizing that function. I believe the drivel was about consistency and making the refs jobs easier. Now the officials need to be empowered??

    He’s talking just like a politician…”I was for it until I was against it.” SMH

  92. But what is the stupidity rate percentage per ten mistakes?

    As if this clown is ever going to acknowledge any wrong doing in this regard.
    And they earn like 180K per year, soon to 205k by 2019.

    I can make just as many mistakes for half that.

  93. Unless you’re Commonwealth.

    Then it’s “bare-faced lie”. We Americans just have to be different.

  94. I can only laugh at nearly all of these comments… come on people, refs are human and make human mistakes. There’s 8-9 refs to watch 22 men on a field that are all trying to kill each other… do you really think they’re going to get everything right?

    Bad calls have ALWAYS been part of the game, and ALWAYS will be. Deal with it…

    I mean, it sucks when it impacts the outcome of a game, but it’s not as if it’s only been this year. Why do you think they implemented instant replay in the first place? Because they were doing so well?

    Thumb me down if you want, but I know that my team is going to get some calls and lose some calls… in every single game. I hope that they can overcome the bad calls and take advantage of the calls that go our way… same as all of you.

  95. Do any of us think the NFL reads any of this?.. Really, my guess is that their arrogance runs so deep they couldn’t care less. They most likely sip their martini’s and laugh at how much money they make for doing absolutely nothing to promote “Integrity” of the game.

  96. On field officials should throw the flag, report the violation then the booth official(s) make the call. coaches get challenge flags (#TBD) and can ask to review for PI, holding, out of bounds etc, even if none is called. winning challenges don’t count against your total.

    still no clue how to fix inadvertent whistles

  97. 4.5 “correctable mistakes” per game does not sound like a very high standard; especially for people in a position so important to maintaining the success and integrity of a multibillion dollar per year industry that they receive a 6 figure salary for working less than part-time part of the year.

  98. The game is rigged folks. Either DO something about it or point the finger for all this garbage the NFL gets away selling directly at yourselves.

  99. He’s counting mistakes that were called. For instance, GB holds badly quite frequently but it’s rarely called. Fans are frustrated with the judgement calls because there’s too much subjectivity. Officials call it on one team but not another for the same infraction. How many times have you seen illegal contact called on a defender on 3rd down when Aaron Rodgers is under center? A lot.

    Blandino is very unlikable. All he does is make up excuses. No accountability. Very sad the NFL has gotten this bad.

  100. The Lions are used to having games stolen by incompetent officiating. Their record if the refs call the games correctly this year is 6-6. The refs took 2 victories from the Lions this year….the Seattle and Green Bay games.

  101. the reason the incompetence remains is that it masks when an official is making a call that will change the game to his benefit vs making an incompetent call because he is incompetent. hiding in plain site

  102. im getting less interested in the outcome of nfl games. most of em are all decided by the refs anyways. the owners could care less if their teams win or lose as long as they fill the stadium and run the commercials down your throat. its getting to be a big joke!!

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